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Criminal Justice

Valencia's Criminal Justice Institute is one of the most recognized and respected criminal justice training centers in the state of Florida. The institute is certified by the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission to deliver all Commission-approved curricula to law enforcement, correctional and correctional probation officers in Florida. With primary responsibility for the criminal justice agencies in Orange County, the Criminal Justice Institute is a regional training center that serves over 45 organizations, including state law enforcement agencies, Department of Corrections, Department of Juvenile Justice and numerous county, municipal, regional and international agencies.

Our courses are developed in coordination with, and taught by, experts in the field who come from a variety of criminal justice agencies.


Academies/Industry Certifications

Our state-certified academies fulfill the training requirements to become sworn corrections or law enforcement officers in Florida. Academy graduates can also earn credits toward a two-year A.S. degree at Valencia.

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Associate in Science Degree

The two-year Criminal Justice A.S. degree program offers a broad background in the history, philosophy, organization, management and operation of the criminal justice system. It is a path to employment, a bachelor's degree and career enhancement. As part of Valencia's “Two for All” initiative, state-certified professionals may be able to receive credits toward the A.S. degree for professional experience.

Related Certificates: 

Many certificates can be completed in less than a year and credits earned apply toward the A.S. degree in Criminal Justice.

Pathways to Advanced Degrees

Bachelor's Opportunities

Valencia’s Associate in Science degree graduates have the opportunity to transfer into the Bachelor of Applied Science degree offered at the University of Central Florida’s regional campuses, as well as other Florida public universities. Also, graduates from select A.S. degrees are guaranteed admission to the University of Central Florida through DirectConnect to UCF. Students who wish to transfer to a university should contact their school of choice about transfer requirements, and meet with a Valencia advisor for assistance with education planning. UCF also offers master’s degree-level credits for participation in Valencia’s Public Safety Leadership Development Certification Program.

Master's Opportunities

Professionals who participate in Valencia's Public Safety Leadership Development Certification Program (PSLDCP) will receive credits toward the Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Executive from the University of Central Florida, which is offered exclusively to PSLDCP participants.


Advanced Specialized Training

Advanced Specialized Training Courses are open to sworn Florida law enforcement, corrections or probation officers. Officers from agencies located in Orange County have priority enrollment over officers from other counties or state agencies. Only agency training coordinators can register officers for Advanced Specialized Training courses. Contact your agency training coordinator if you are interested in enrolling in a course or program. 

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Continuing Education

Courses and Training

Valencia’s Continuing Education division offers professional training, seminars and workshops dedicated to the public safety community. We provide opportunities for sworn law enforcement and corrections officers as well as civilian criminal justice professionals.

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The Public Safety Leadership Development Certification Program

This four-week program focuses on developing public safety professionals into innovative leaders. It is offered in partnership between Valencia College Continuing Education, Valencia’s Criminal Justice Institute and Fire Rescue Institute, and the University of Central Florida’s Criminal Justice Program.

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