Criminal Justice Trade Schools

Consider training options carefully

When it comes to your education, there's no such thing as asking too many questions or doing too much research. If you want to enter a criminal justice school, make a list of everything you're going to require. Don't be afraid to request information from every school that interests you.

Questions to consider:

  • Will the school help you find a job? Some schools offer assistance when it comes time to finding employment, while others leave it up to the students.
  • Can you transfer credits? If you do choose a diploma program, make sure you'll be able to transfer credits towards a degree if you decide you want to change directions. It would be unfortunate to pay for and take two years of classes only to find out you'll have to redo them at another school to earn a degree.
  • Does the program offer training for the job you want? If you aspire to a job that requires advanced skills or a degree, make sure the training is sufficient to get you there.
  • Is the school or program accredited? Accreditation can be a good indicator that a program offers a certain standard of education, so long as the accrediting association is reputable. Check into the accrediting association to see if it's recognized in the industry.
  • Are there any fitness or health requirements for the career you're considering pursuing? It pays to find out if there are any medical conditions or other factors that could disqualify you from gaining employment after course completion. Many professionals will have to undergo fitness and medical tests to gauge their ability to perform the necessary duties.
  • Do you have a criminal record? In many cases applicants with criminal records are automatically disqualified. If you made mistakes in your youth, you should look into getting a pardon in order to clear your record.

One of the best things you can do before enrolling in a school or program is talk with professionals who perform the jobs you're interested in to find out what route they took and if they can offer any helpful suggestions.