Private Security Certificate

Corporations are continually concerned with loss prevention, risk management, and the safety and security of their businesses and employees. These trends have led to an increasing need for qualified security professionals in a variety of industries. At Kaplan University, you can study to earn a Private Security Certificate while enjoying the convenience and flexibility of online learning. 

Private Security Certificate Program Highlights

The online Private Security Certificate curriculum is designed to help you:

  • Develop the fundamental skills required for preventing and investigating various types of crime, including white-collar crime and fraud
  • Explore the trial process and gain an understanding of tort law
  • Study constitutional concepts such as search and seizure and discovery
  • Understand the U.S. criminal justice system and the processes for juvenile and adult offenders

Admissions Requirements

Students who do not possess an associate's or bachelor's degree within the criminal justice field from an accredited institution at the time of admission may be admitted to the program after providing proof that they have been employed in law enforcement, the military, or an associated area of criminal justice within the last 18 months prior to enrollment. Admission to the program is at the discretion of the Dean based on a review of work experience and other relevant criteria.

Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

What are the Career Opportunities?

This program provides you with the specialized knowledge necessary to seek employment in law enforcement, court systems, corrections, and private and corporate security.*

Prepare for Certification

Certification can give you an edge when competing for jobs in private or corporate security and other areas of criminal justice. The Private Security Certificate may help you earn the Certified Protection Professional (CPP) certification or qualify for membership in the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS).

How Do I Get Started?

Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.

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Dec

Online Start Date

December 07, 2016

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Jan

Online and Campus Start Date

January 04, 2017

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Online Start Date

February 01, 2017

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Mar

Online and Campus Start Date

March 01, 2017

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Online and Campus Start Date

March 22, 2017

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Online Start Date

April 19, 2017

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Online and Campus Start Date

May 17, 2017

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Online and Campus Start Date

June 07, 2017

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Online Start Date

July 05, 2017

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Online and Campus Start Date

August 02, 2017

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Online and Campus Start Date

August 23, 2017

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Online Start Date

September 20, 2017

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Online and Campus Start Date

October 18, 2017

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Online and Campus Start Date

November 08, 2017

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Online Start Date

December 06, 2017

Curriculum: All Tracks

  • Certificate Requirements

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 53

    Total Program Credits: 53

    • CJ 101: INTRODUCTION TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM Change

      This course provides an overview of the criminal justice system in the United States. Students gain an understanding of the philosophy and development of the criminal justice system, the current state of the criminal justice agencies and institutions, and the issues and challenges facing them.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Students are exempt from the prerequisite requirement for PA 310: Tort Law.

    • CJ 130: INTRODUCTION TO CORRECTIONS Change

      This course examines the administrative and operational aspects of modern corrections in the United States. The historical development of corrections; the philosophy of punishment and corrections; correctional institutions, programs, and services; and topics such as inmate rights and correctional staffing are examined. Contemporary issues, such as overcrowding and privatization, are also explored.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Students are exempt from the prerequisite requirement for PA 310: Tort Law.

    • CJ 140: INTRODUCTION TO CONSTITUTIONAL LAW Change

      This course is designed to acquaint the student with the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and constitutional amendments as they relate to criminal law and the collection of criminal evidence. It will introduce students to criminal evidence through landmark Supreme Court cases and provide background in search and seizure and due process as they relate to criminal justice practice.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

      Students are exempt from the prerequisite requirement for PA 310: Tort Law.

    • CJ 210: CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION Change

      This course explains the importance and legal significance of evidence. It demonstrates how the investigative process works, from crime scene preservation to case preparation and courtroom presentation. It also examines various techniques used during criminal investigations, such as photography, interviewing, evidence handling, and scene reconstruction, and how each applies to specific types of crimes.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

      Students are exempt from the prerequisite requirement for PA 310: Tort Law.

    • CJ 211: POLICE OPERATIONS Change

      This course examines the roles, responsibilities, issues, and trends related to contemporary law enforcement organizations. It also provides an in-depth look at community policing, policing in selected foreign countries, stress recognition and management, civil liability, public expectations, and police careers.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

      Students are exempt from the prerequisite requirement for PA 310: Tort Law.

    • CJ 212: CRIME PREVENTION Change

      This course provides an overview of the diverse field of crime prevention with a heavy emphasis on primary prevention and a minor focus on secondary and tertiary prevention. You will explore such elements of crime prevention as physical environmental design, the role of the community and the mass media, deterrence, community policing, school programs, drug abuse issues, and rehabilitation.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

      Students are exempt from the prerequisite requirement for PA 310: Tort Law.

    • CJ 227: CRIMINAL PROCEDURE Change

      This course examines the constitutional protection and due process afforded every person arrested in the United States. It provides students with a thorough understanding of the U.S. justice system from the time of arrest through the sentencing of the criminal offender. In addition, this course examines such matters as victims' rights and the effects of gangs on the crime problem.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

      Students are exempt from the prerequisite requirement for PA 310: Tort Law.

    • CJ 345: SUPERVISORY PRACTICES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE Change

      This course combines state-of-the-art behavioral theory with numerous cases that allow you to identify and resolve personnel and organizational problems. It prepares you for effective police management and supervision.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

      Students are exempt from the prerequisite requirement for PA 310: Tort Law.

    • CJ 444: MANAGING CRIMINAL JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS Change

      This course deals with concepts and theory in the field of organizational behavior. The course focuses on the historical perspectives of organizational theorists, theories of motivations and leadership, and future trends and developments in modern organizations.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Students are exempt from the prerequisite requirement for PA 310: Tort Law.

    • PA 310: TORT LAW Change

      As a paralegal, you must be familiar with tort law, as you will undoubtedly encounter tort issues at some time, no matter in what area of law you work. This course includes topics such as negligence, defamation, malpractice, strict liability, product liability, intentional torts, misrepresentation, and defenses to torts. You will explore torts in the areas of accidents, medical malpractice lawsuits, and wrongful death claims.
       

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      PA 165

      Students are exempt from the prerequisite requirement for PA 310: Tort Law.

Curriculum: Concentration

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*Local, state, and federal law enforcement jobs may require additional training or education including additional state-approved higher education beyond Kaplan University's degree. You should fully research the requirements of any such position you intend to seek prior to enrolling in your program. Graduates of Kaplan University criminal justice programs are not eligible to attend police academies in Minnesota.

While many of Kaplan University's degree programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue continued bachelor-, graduate-, or doctorate-level education, the University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any programs.