Criminology & Criminal Justice

Field practicum

Completing a field practicum provides you with an unparalleled opportunity to gain real-life experience and find out firsthand what it is like to work in the field of Criminal Justice. Your Career Development Coordinator will help you find a placement that meets your interests and career goals. Please read the information below carefully before you attend a field practicum info session.

Goals of field practice

  1. To provide the means by which you can utilize concepts, skills and theories learned in the classroom.
  2. To ensure that you gain a correct perspective of how individual sectors of the criminal justice system work on a day‑to‑day basis.
  3. To ensure that you acquire an understanding of how the overall goals of the system are actualized through policies, procedures, and the deployment of resources.
  4. To provide you with an opportunity to assess your abilities and interests as a potential criminal justice practitioner.
  5. To provide you with an opportunity to gain practical experience in a potential employment situation.
  6. To evaluate your abilities to perform various skills in which you have been trained, as indicated on the practicum's evaluation form.

Criminal record check

UFV is in accordance with the B.C. Government's Criminal Record Review Act and requires all School of Criminology and Criminal Justice students to complete a criminal record check through the Ministry of Public Saftey and Solicitor General. Please find the forms below.

Practicum orientation

The first step to plan a practicum is to attend an orientation session. Dates for these sessions will be announced by email, once they are scheduled.

You must bring:

  • A copy of your résumé
  • A letter highlighting your top 3 practicum choices
  • An unofficial transcript


Call or email Michele Giordano at 504-7441, ext. 4102

The mechanics of a field practicum

The experiential courses, in the form of field practice assignments, are an integral part of the Criminal Justice programs. You must successfully complete one field practicum in your second year in the program if you are enrolled in the Criminal Justice diploma program; or one in your second year and another in your fourth year if they are pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice.

While in the field, you will create some goals and activities with your supervisor. At the end of your practicum, you and your supervisor will fill out a final evaluation form.

Challenging a practicum

During your time of study for the B.A. degree, you may only challenge one practicum. Keep in mind that credit can only be given where there is sufficient evidence to show that you have had a previous experience that is equivalent to (or better than) successful participation in the UFV course.

Consideration to applications for challenge will be given in cases where you have typically completed at least the equivalent of eighteen months of full-time employment in a criminal justice setting with a government agency or with a recognized private social agency. To challenge a placement, contact the Career Development Coordinator, Michele Giordano and discuss the details of previous work prior to filling out the paperwork.

After an initial discussion with the Career Development Coordinator, if you still wish to challenge the practicum, fill out the application to challenge form Please also present a final evaluation form completed by an immediate supervisor (or another similar evaluation form which may be approved by the Career Development Coordinator).

Upon receipt of these documents, the field practice coordinator will review the application and make a recommendation to the director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice for a final decision. You will be required to complete a paper, as agreed between you and the field practice coordinator.

Volunteer opportunities

Mentoring Programs

KidStart is a program for kids age 6+ that provides carefully screened and selected adult volunteers to mentor or “coach” vulnerable children and youth.

Visit the KidStart volunteer page to learn how you can help your community.

PLEA is an accredited, not-for-profit, charitable community services agency that has operated throughout BC for more than 30 years. PLEA delivers residential and non-residential services to children, youth, adults and families facing significant challenges in their lives.

Visit PLEA to check out the many ways you can get involved.

Kinnections Volunteer Mentorship Program

Aldergrove Community Police

Abbotsford Community Services


My practicum with Abbotsford Community Services has been an incredibly powerful learning experience for me. It has provided me with a unique and valuable research experience at the undergrad level. I was able to engage in an important issue that affects the community where I live and study.

  • – Ruben Timmerman
  •    Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice) graduate
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