Criminal Justice

Career Certificate

Pursue a career in public safety

When a crime is committed, our world needs savvy people on the scene. Receive instruction from experts who bring you real-world knowledge to the classroom. We know you’re ready to make a difference. Build on your existing knowledge and learn the skills you need to advance your career and better serve your community.

Your degree program uses interactive lectures and role-playing to ensure mastery of concepts. Gain the knowledge you need to excel in the three areas of Criminal Justice:

  • law enforcement
  • courts
  • corrections

What can you do with a certificate in Criminal Justice?

A certificate in criminal justice ensures you are prepared for a variety of entry-level careers in the field. Help rehabilitate your community to reduce recidivism or maintain a secure courtroom. You have options.

With additional education, take your career to another level and become a:

  • paralegal
  • social worker
  • lawyer

Or start right away with your certificate in roles such as:

  • correctional officer
  • bailiff
  • private security officer


  • WIOA Program

  • Credit for Prior Learning

    Receive college credit for what you already know.
  • 100% Online

    Can be completed 100% online.
  • Career Certificate

    Earn a career certificate in 1 year or less to refine your skills into an in-demand career.
  • Program Length: 1 Year

    Full-time students finish in 1 year.

Career Outlook

Need help?

Your College & Career Navigator (CCN) is your "go-to person" ready to help you get started at CLC.

Your CCN guides you through the admission process, helps you choose your academic program, enroll in classes and connect you with resources.

Talk to a CCN

Recommended Pathway

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their College and Career Navigator (CCN) to identify coursework that will meet degree requirements based on individual academic goals. View degree requirements in the college catalog.

*Cost is estimated based on recommended pathway credit hours. This includes in-district tuition and other fees, such as books and materials before financial aid is applied, as well as grants, loans or scholarships. There are many opportunities for financial assistance at CLC. Learn more about Cost of Attendance.

Female student taking notes in class

Criminal Justice at CLC

Get the bigger picture

A certificate in criminal justice is just one possible way to study legal studies and public safety. Get the bigger picture—degrees, credentials and extra options.

View the Criminal Justice Program Overview

Frequently asked questions

Take the next step...

Be debt-free at CLC

CLC has some of the lowest tuition around. Financial aid and scholarships are available—even for working adults.

Explore careers

Discover majors and career paths to complement and extend your intuitive interests and abilities.

Request info

Your education is a big investment of your time, money and attention. Gather all the info you need.

Get started

Start your application today—it’s free and easy to complete. When you’re ready, we’re ready to help you take the next step.