These programs are designed for those who desire to upgrade skills in their occupational speciality or to acquire a certificate prior to a degree.

Students may select from a variety of options at the certificate and associate degree level. Students who wish to continue on to earn a bachelors degree may wish to discuss their plans with an academic advisor or the program head when they are selecting the courses in which to enroll each semester.

Students who provide documentation of graduation from accredited law enforcement and correctional academies may be eligible for advanced placement according to the guidelines established by the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) articulation agreements with the Virginia State Police and other accredited Department of Criminal Justice Services academies.