Certificate in Criminal Justice
For those wanting a career change into the criminal justice fields, or who are only available to study part-time, or not wanting to study the full Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree, this Certificate is the best option for you.
The Certificate in Criminal Justice (CertCJ) is also a professionally relevant qualification for those already employed within the sector who wish to enhance their current skills and knowledge.
Admission to UC with University Entrance, or equivalent, is required to enrol for a certificate. Domestic applicants over 20 who do not hold University Entrance, or equivalent, may gain admission by providing evidence of their ability to complete tertiary study successfully. For information on gaining admission to UC please see how to apply for undergraduate qualifications.
You are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
Possible qualification structure for Certificate in Criminal Justice
Optional courses from the Bachelor of Criminal Justice Schedule A, except for Laws 101
Each block represents a 15-point course.
For full course requirements see the Regulations for the Certificate in Criminal Justice.
The Certificate of Criminal Justice comprises 60 points (four standard courses) at 100-level, including CRJU 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice, and three optional courses from the Bachelor of Criminal Justice Schedule A.
It can be completed in a minimum of one semester full-time (6 months), or up to a maximum of 4 years part-time.
Credit from your completed courses can be transferred to the Bachelor of Criminal Justice, provided you have not graduated with the Certificate beforehand.
Graduates will be equipped with a unique qualification that will prepare them for a career in the criminal justice fields, in particular roles within the New Zealand Police | Ngā Pirihimana O Aotearoa, Ministry of Justice | Tāhū o te Ture, and Department of Corrections | Ara Poutama Aotearoa.
The Certificate is also relevant for work in other areas of government including prisons, probation and parole; criminal justice policy; forensics; public and private investigation and security; and social work.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
For the full degree requirements see the Regulations for the Certificate in Criminal Justice. For more information on facilities, resources and staff see the College of Business and Law | Te Rāngai Umanga me te Ture.