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Private Security Certificate

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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 Purdue Global, 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.

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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).*

Higher Education at the Highest Standards

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

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What are the Career Opportunities?

This program provides you with the specialized knowledge necessary to seek employment in the following:

  • Law enforcement
  • Court systems
  • Corrections
  • Private and corporate security
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How Do I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.


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What Courses Will I Take?

This certificate program is designed to increase your knowledge in private security, exploring concepts and theory in the field of organizational behavior as well as the investigative process. Courses include:

  • Criminal Investigation       
  • Police Operations       
  • Crime Prevention       
  • Criminal Procedure       
  • Supervisory Practices in Criminal Justice
  • Managing Criminal Justice Organizations
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Program Requirements
  • Major Credits53
  • Total Credits53

Can I Afford This?

Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

Tuition and Fees

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Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin

$371.00 cost per credit
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Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

Indiana resident military veterans: tuition for online undergraduate degree and certificate programs is $220.00 per quarter credit hour.

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Students are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.

Local, state, and federal law enforcement jobs may require additional training or education including additional state-approved higher education beyond the Purdue Global degree. This program was not designed to meet any specific state’s requirements, and Purdue Global makes no representations or warranties as to whether the degree or any individual courses meet such requirements. Refer to the University Catalog for additional information. Graduates of Purdue Global criminal justice programs are not eligible to attend police academies in Minnesota.

Purdue University acquired Kaplan University in March 2018 and created Purdue University Global, which is following the same curriculum format and instructional delivery methods as developed and used by Kaplan University. These disclosures are based on Kaplan University data reported prior to the acquisition.