Certificate in Criminal Justice


For those wanting a career change into the criminal justice fields, 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.

Entry requirements

Admission to UC with University Entrance, or equivalent, is required to enrol for a Certificate in Criminal Justice (CertCJ). 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.

Qualification structure and duration

The Certificate of Criminal Justice comprises four courses (a minimum of 60 points) at 100-level.

It can be completed in a minimum of one semester full-time, or up to a maximum of four 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.

Possible qualification structure for Certificate in Criminal Justice

Year 1
    Core course
    Optional courses from the Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree schedule A, except for Laws 101
Each block represents a 15-point course.

Subjects and courses

The certificate is made up of the following courses:

For the full list of course options see Schedule A to the Regulations for the Bachelor of Criminal Justice.

Further study

The CertCJ is a good pathway into the full Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree.

Career opportunities

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 Police, Ministry of Justice and Department of Corrections. 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.

More information

For the full certificate requirements see the Regulations for the Certificate in Criminal Justice.

For more information email info@canterbury.ac.nz or freephone 0800 VARSITY (827 748).

For assistance with planning your programme of study contact the Liaison Office (new students) or visit the Liaison Office’s course planning page (new students), or a School of Law Student Advisor (advancing students).