Advance or Change your Career with a Criminal Justice Certificate

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Criminal justice certificate programs are ideal for those looking to advance their career or make a career change, and for those looking to gain new and specialized skills.

Certificate and career diploma programs that delve into the worlds of law enforcement, the judicial system and corrections are:

  • Available at the undergraduate or graduate level or as stand alone programs.
  • Depending on the criminal justice school, students may take them as part of a degree or after they’ve graduated or whenever they are inspired to advance their knowledge and skills.
  • They generally take a shorter time to complete compared to a degree (i.e. a year or less)
  • Often they can be completed online and/or at one’s own pace.

For working professionals, a criminal justice certificate program is an example of a viable option for enhancing their education.


As follows are some examples of certificate and diploma programs relevant to criminal justice professions. This list is by no means exhaustive.

Criminal Justice Certificate

Certificates in Criminal Justice are generally interdisciplinary with courses dealing with law enforcement, the court/judicial system and corrections. Others areas covered may range from criminology or politics to psychology and victimology.

Paralegal Studies Certificate

These certificate programs can help prepare students, through theoretical and practical curriculum, to work as paralegals in the real world. Examples of topics included in the paralegal curriculum include legal writing and research, motions, pleadings, discovery and investigations.

Private Investigator

In a private investigator certificate program you can learn how to perform this challenging yet  fascinating criminal justice career. Courses range from how to conduct private investigations (i.e. surveillance, interviews and observation) to security management, laws related to private investigation and the types of cases involved in the profession.

Legal Transcription

Through such a diploma or certificate program you can learn the techniques, terminology, technology and software required to be a successful legal transcriptionist. This profession involves accurately transcribing audio recordings of legal proceedings, such as testimonies, hearings and pleadings.

Homeland Security Certificate

Often a homeland security certificate program is geared towards those working in law enforcement, government, emergency management, the military, security or the private sector, or those who have already completed a relevant degree. Students taking the program can gain knowledge of this very important subject area as a complement or focus to their existing or future career. Topics range from risk analysis and operations to terrorism and defense.

Crime Analysis Certificate

Such certificate programs are excellent choices for students and professionals wishing to gain specialized knowledge and practice to advance within the criminal justice field. Topics include analyzing crime patterns, crime mapping, research and looking at ways to improve investigations.

Criminal Behavior Certificate

This is another program that can complement a criminal justice graduate or professional’s education and experiences. To understand the different reasons for criminal behavior, courses may delve into gender, age, class and other factors; the curriculum may also focus on offender rehabilitation.

Criminal Justice Leadership/Management Certificate

Some criminal justice schools offer certificate programs geared for those who would like to move into leadership or more advanced roles within their criminal justice profession.

To learn more about these and other criminal justice programs, you can request information directly from criminal justice schools found at:

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