The Criminal Investigator is a standalone certificate. This certificate indicates that you have advanced your knowledge and skills related to your profession.


For the Criminal Investigator certificate, you must meet the following requirements.

  • United States citizen at least 21 years of age or Citizen of a country in which the United States does not have sanctions
  • No felony convictions
  • No dishonorable discharge from the United States military (applicable to United States Veterans only)
  • Neither a record of disciplinary action from any state, province or territory, or licensing or certification board within the past 10 years nor subject under any such investigation
  • Current National Sheriffs’ Association membership
  • Four years experience as a criminal investigator or meet the combination of minimum documented years of experience and education/coursework as follows:
    • Master’s degree plus 1 year work experience
    • Bachelor’s degree plus 2 years work experience
    • Associate’s degree plus 3 years work experience
  • 10 credit hours of course work in the knowledge areas as approved by the Certificate Review Committee
    • Courses completed from the following nationally recognized providers are credited at 1 credit for every 10 course hours (i.e. 16 hour course = 1.6 credit hours). You may refer to the following resource for additional assistance in calculating credit hours.
      • United States Department of Justice
      • United States Department of Homeland Security
      • National Sheriffs’ Association
      • National Domestic Preparedness Consortium
    • College courses in Criminal Investigation programs are credited on a one-to-one basis (i.e. 1 semester hour = 1 credit hour)
  • Complete a minimum of 240 training hours within 36 months of formal application. Courses successfully completed within 24 months prior to the application submission date will be accepted.
Required Courses

Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) courses may be considered as equivalencies.

Elective Courses

The combination of courses you select in this category must equal at least 80 or more training hours. Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) courses may be considered as equivalencies.

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Each individual course has a tuition cost that is due at the time of course registration. There is an additional one-time administrative cost of $345 to enroll in this certificate program. If you do not complete the certification process in the allotted time or are not approved for the certification, no refund will be given.

Note: This certificate is currently being re-designed and is not accepting registrations at this time. Please contact us with any questions.