Criminal Justice Fundamentals Certificate (CJ71)

The Criminal Justice Fundamentals Technical Certificate of Credit is a sequence of courses that prepares students for criminal justice professions. Learning opportunities develop academic, occupational, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of criminal justice theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Upon completion of this technical certificate of credit may permit students to pursue entry level opportunities in the criminal justice field. Completion of the Criminal Justice Fundamentals Technical Certificate of Credit does not ensure certification of officer status in Georgia. Students must seek such certification from the Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Council.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Criminal Justice Fundamentals certificate program are prepared for entry-level positions in the criminal justice field.

Admissions Criteria

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Meet the following assessment requirements:
Test Reading Writing Numerical Algebra
Accuplacer 55 60 34 NA
Accuplacer (Next Gen) 224 236 229 NA
Compass 70 32 26 NA
SAT 16 15 18 NA
SAT 270 280 310 NA
ACT 14 13 14 NA
ASSET 37 38 32 NA
PSAT 16 15 18 NA
GED NA 145 145 NA
TABE 461 NA 442 NA

Criminal Justice Fundamentals Curriculum

The Criminal Justice Fundamentals certificate program is designed for the semester system. A student may enter the program any semester. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 12 semester credit hours. The program requires a minimum of 210 contact hours and generally takes 1 semester to complete.

Additional Notes

Conviction of a felony or certain misdemeanors may prohibit employment in the law enforcement field.

Program Courses

Occupational Courses (12 Credits)

COLL 1010College & Career Success Skills


CRJU 1010Intro to Criminal Justice


CRJU 1030Corrections


CRJU 1040Principles of Law Enforcement


Program Costs

Tuition ($100 per credit hour): $1,200

Fees ( $385 per semester): $385

Books/Supplies: $500

(Costs are estimates and are subject to change.)