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Criminal Investigations Certificate Program

The Criminal Investigation Certificate Program is designed to recognize candidates who have completed appropriate training in order to better prepare themselves for the rigors and challenges of Law Enforcement criminal investigations.  Investigative techniques, details of legal changes, technological advances and the practical application of detectives “best practices” constantly change in our challenging world.  Professional investigators who seek out that best practice training stand out from the rest, and should be so recognized. 


  • Candidates must complete an application which includes the approval of your Training Manager or Immediate Supervisor AND Agency Head in order to participate in the program.  With your required signature on this application, you agree to complete this program within 5 years of the acceptance date.
  • Candidates who are approved must be a member of a law enforcement agency (public or private) or a law enforcement support entity. 
  • Completion of the program requires 500 credit hours with a focus on law enforcement criminal investigations. Only courses which are NCJA listed courses or NCJA sponsored classes will be credited towards the 500 credit hours required for the Certificate.
  • The following courses will be required core courses for completion of the Program. This requirement will be for candidates being admitted to the Program effective 1/1/2013. They are: Fundamentals of the Investigative Process #3115, Interview and Interrogation #3010, and Police Law Institute #5666.
  • Any approved courses taken prior to the acceptance date will be credited towards completion of the certificate program if taken within five years of the application date. Hours of credit will be given as listed on the course completion documentation. Final approval of courses and credited hours is at the discretion of the program coordinator.
  • For completion of the Program, the candidate shall have at least two years of full-time criminal investigation experience.
  • Candidates will be responsible for maintaining the documentation of their own progress. Certificates and ongoing documentation other than the initial application will not be maintained on file at the NCJA until the candidate has completed the program. 
  • Upon completion of the required hours, CICP candidates will submit an official transcript which may be obtained from the Registrar and a first-person narrative, maximum of one page, explaining how this training process has helped to advance their professional Law Enforcement career.
  • Recommendations for improvement of CICP or NCJA training in general are welcomed and encouraged. Doug Robinson, the program coordinator, will be available on an individual basis if any candidate needs clarification regarding this written project element. Contact at or 828-685-3600 ext 216.
  • Candidates must complete the program within five years of acceptance in the program. If this deadline cannot be met, there will be consideration of hardship circumstances at the discretion of the program coordinator.
  • If you were enrolled in the Criminal Investigative Certificate Program prior to the Fall of 2009, you will be continued under the requirements that were in place at the time of your enrollment. For questions concerning those Program requirements, contact Nancy Meadows at 828-685-1183 ext.215 or