The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.
The Corrections Certificate of Achievement prepares students to work in entry level positions in the field of corrections. The Certificate focuses on courses that prepare students to oversee the care, custody, and control of offenders in custodial and community correction who are serving sentences for misdemeanor and felony convictions. The Certificate is an option for students who want to start their careers while working on their AS-T degree in Public Safety.
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
The courses required by the Certificate are courses that are also required for an AS-T degree in Public Safety. Students can complete the Certificate and start their careers while continuing to work towards an AS-T degree in Public Safety. Completion of the requirements in this certificate can also apply to the Law Enforcement Certificate of Achievement and the Juvenile Justice Certificate of Achievement.
The field of corrections has been targeted as one of the growth areas for employment.
Some public safety positions have legal requirements and background qualifications. Certain criminal violations may disqualify a candidate for certification. Please contact the Public Safety Department for more information.
- Demonstrate an understanding of mission, goals and legal premises that govern the criminal justice system;
- Use investigative skills to gather, analyze and assess information to recommend an outcome that is consistent with established laws and guidelines;
- Observe and evaluate actions and behavior of offenders to formulate a course of action consistent with the goals of the correctional system;
- Examine the actions and behaviors of offenders released into the community to ensure compliance with terms of probation or parole; and
- Demonstrate the skills required for the documentation and assessment of information obtained during interactions with and supervision of offenders.