What skills do students learn in this program?
Learning opportunities develop academic, occupational, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention and advancement. The Criminal Justice Technology diploma program emphasizes a combination of Criminal Justice theory and practical application necessary for successful employment.

What types of students thrive in the program and in this career field? Those who:

  • have no criminal background
  • exhibit high moral character
  • are detail-oriented
  • work well in stressful environments
  • are open to flexible work schedules

What types of jobs are available to graduates of the program?
Entry-level persons will be prepared to pursue diverse opportunities in the corrections, security, investigative and police administration fields. Graduates who are current practitioners will benefit through enhancement of career potential. Completion of a Criminal Justice Technology associate degree, diploma or technical certificate of credit does not ensure certification of officer status in the state of Georgia. Graduates must seek such certification from the Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Council in order to become a certified police officer.  NOTE: Completion of any of these programs does not guarantee employment.

Course Sequence:
We encourage all new Criminal Justice majors to select CRJU 1010 and CRJU 1400 during the first semester of classes at GPTC. This will maximize the opportunity to complete the required CRJU classes, as CRJU 1010 is a required for many of the major courses. An Advisor will help you find the times/days that work well with your schedule. Students must be program ready.