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Criminal Justice Technology

Certificate: Certificate in Applied Science, CAS


The Criminal Justice program prepares students for employment in the areas of law enforcement, correctional services, the courts, private security and juvenile services.  Our graduates are employed a variety of local, state, and Federal criminal justice departments and agencies.  Additionally, all of our certificate classes apply towards the Criminal Justice Technology Associates Degree should students decide to continue their education. 

• High School Diploma or GED
• Admission test scores: R-81 or higher;
W-78 or higher; A-44 or higher

Currently, background checks are not required for students in the Criminal Justice Technology program.  However, students should understand that certain factors might disqualify them from employment in the criminal justice field.  Students should research the requirements and disqualifiers of their desired areas and agencies of employment.  Entrance into any criminal justice program or subsequent graduation, is not a guarantee of employment in the criminal justice field.

Already a certified officer?  Ask about our Prior Learning Credit that may offer college credit for your academy training. 

In the Real World

Personnel in this vocation are employed by private, local, state, and federal agencies. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the annual income for criminal justice personnel is $38,640 per year. The projected growth in job opportunities in criminal justice positions is 5% for the next decade.

Career Placement

At FDTC, we believe that education deserves results - that’s why we want to watch our students succeed in the real world. Florence-Darlington Technical College works diligently to match students with relevant jobs in our community so that they can put their hard-earned education to work. We partner with successful alumni and local businesses to ensure our students get the best possible career upon graduation. Our Career Services Office offers a variety of services to help students succeed including: resume coaching, on-campus recruiting & career fairs, online job postings, professional development workshops, personality evaluations, internship placement assistance, and other online career building resources. We encourage all students to schedule a meeting with a Career Services Coach at (843) 661-8075 to explore their post-graduation opportunities. Find out about what Career Services can do for you. What does your future look like?

Learning Goals/Objectives

Graduates will:
• Understand the major components of the criminal justice system (law enforcement agencies, criminal courts, and correctional institutions) and their functions.
• Understand the basic functions and practice of policing.
• Understand the basic functions and practices of the correctional system.
• Evaluate criminal law and law enforcement procedures.
• Discuss Constitutional due process protections applied to the criminal justice system.
• Develop knowledge and understanding of the functions and process of the criminal justice system.

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