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FAQ - National Criminal Justice Command College

Are there prerequisites to apply for admission to the National Criminal Justice Command College?
A high school diploma or equivalent is needed to apply to the undergraduate certificate, and an undergraduate degree is required to apply to the graduate certificate. For those not needing college credit, a noncredit option is available.

I’m not currently working in law enforcement, but am interested in changing careers. Am I eligible to apply to the certificate program?
You need to be in the field of law enforcement, security, corrections, criminal justice, or a related field to be admitted into the program.  If you aren’t sure about your qualifications, please contact the program director to discuss whether or not your background would be applicable.

Are NCJCC classes offered online?
No.  All classes are face-to-face at the Virginia State Police Training Academy in Richmond, Virginia.

Will I receive Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) credit?
Yes. You will receive 4 hours legal, 34 hours career development, and 2 hours cultural diversity for 40 total hours.

Can I transfer credit into this program from another institution?
Transfer courses are not accepted for this certificate program.  

Are lodging and meals included in the cost of the program?
Only lunch at the Academy is included.  You will receive detailed information about lodging options upon registration.

Does UVA have a degree program that accepts these credits for transfer?
Not at this time. Other colleges and universities may recognize these courses for transfer, but these decisions are made independently by the receiving institution.

* The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements.

Student Spotlight

The knowledge I gained from the Command College helps me every day as a bureau commander.
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Victor Mitchell


Captain Victor Mitchell loved working with dogs. But after 20 years devoted to developing and leading the canine unit for the Charlottesville Police Department, he decided it was time to make a change. He took the sergeant’s exam and was promoted. Surprised to find how much he enjoyed supervision, he set his sights on becoming a lieutenant. “I knew attending the National Criminal Justice Command College would go a long way in helping me achieve that goal,” he says.

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