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Professional Licensure and Certification Information for Criminal Justice Degree Programs

The University of North Georgia offers degree programs that meet the educational requirements students need to apply for professional licensure and certifications in Georgia. The programs may not meet education requirements for licensure or certification in other states.

Students who plan to pursue professional licensure or certification in a state other than Georgia should contact the program coordinator and appropriate licensing entity for additional information and guidance.

Criminal Justice (B.S.) with P.O.S.T. Certification

The Department of Criminal Justice's Public Safety Academy provides Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (P.O.S.T.) basic law enforcement certification to students who declare a major in criminal justice and meet all P.O.S.T. mandates and requirements for acceptance into the P.O.S.T. program.

Professional Licensure or Certification Disclosure

Upon completion of the program, University of North Georgia (UNG) graduates will have satisfied all educational requirements and have P.O.S.T. certification in the state of Georgia.

The criminal justice curriculum does not satisfy educational requirements for licensure in the following 49 states, U.S. territories, and District of Columbia:

For More Information

The state links provided above provide more information regarding police requirements. There are nearly 18,000 police agencies (sheriffs, local police, federal agents, etc.) in the United States. Certification varies by federal, state and local jurisdictions. Contact the specific agency or department for certification requirements.

State of Georgia Contact

In Georgia, the P.O.S.T. certification process is regulated by the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council (POST).

Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (P.O.S.T.)
P.O. Box 349
Clarkdale, GA 30111
Phone: 770-732-5604
Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council Website
Email: Contact P.O.S.T. 

Contact UNG

University of North Georgia Public Safety Academy
Butch Newkirk, Director
51 Walker Drive Dahlonega
Phone: 706-867-2671
UNG Public Safety Academy website


This information was posted on July 1, 2020. Some information might have changed since the update.

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