Build Your Future in Law Enforcement

The Law Enforcement Skills Development Skills Certificate Program requires the completion of 17 units, of which 9.5 units are in required courses. An additional 7.5 units must be taken from the restricted electives listed below. This certificate is intended to meet the basic requirements of California Penal Code 13510 in raising the competence level of current and aspiring law enforcement personnel. All restricted electives are certified by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.). A minimum grade of “C” is needed for each required course taken, with the exception of AJ 079 F (CR/NC). At least one half of the units toward the certificate must be completed at Fullerton College.

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  • Certificate – Law Enforcement Skills Development


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Dr. Kevin C. Sampson
Department Coordinator

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Certificate – Law Enforcement Skills Development

The cost is $46 per unit. Non-resident tuition: $258 per unit PLUS enrollment fees (Non-Resident Tuition includes $19.00 Capital Outlay fee per Ed Code 76141).

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Associate degree or certificate completion depends on program unit requirements and whether student is enrolled full time or part time.

Careers in the field:

• Police Officer
• Public Safety Officer
• Sheriffs
• Deputy Sheriffs
• Police Identification
• Records Officer
• Detective
• Criminal Investigator
• First-Line Supervisor
• Private Detective
• Correctional Officer

Average Salaries: $37,690 – $62,960

Employment of police and detectives is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

While a continued desire for public safety is expected to result in a need for more officers, demand for employment is expected to vary depending on location, driven largely by local and state budgets. Even with crime rates falling in recent years, demand for police services to maintain and improve public safety is expected to continue.

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Dr. Kevin C. Sampson

Department Coordinator

Average Salary in this Field

$37,690 to

$62,960 Per Year

Careers in this Field

Public Safety Officer

Private Detective

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