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Community, Crime & Social Justice (CCSJ) Certificate


The Community, Crime & Social Justice (CCSJ) Certificate is a fully accredited, 1 year program that includes a unique, supervised work placement in a criminal justice (or related) agency, allowing students to gain valuable employment experience.

The CCSJ Certificate ladders directly into the Criminology Diploma and the Criminology Specialization Associate's Degree with bridging courses.

Visit NWCC's Criminology Program for more information, including degree partnerships and career opportuinities.  

Program Outline 

Courses are offered face-to-face, by video-conference and online.  

Courses marked with * are offered online; courses marked with ^ are offered through video conferencing. 

Fall Semester - 4 or 5 courses
*CRIM 101 Introduction to Criminology
Crim 135 Intro to Law (OR CRIM 230; available in Spring Semester)
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology I OR
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology I
SSW 112  Interpersonal Communication
ENGL 101 University Writing  (OR SSW 113; available in Winter Semester) OR
ENGL 102 Introduction to Literature (available Winter Semester) OR
ENGL 151 Technical Writing I (available Winer Semester)
Winter Semester - 3 or 4  courses
*CRIM 103 The Psychology of Crime and Deviance OR
*CRIM 104 Understanding Crime, Deviance, and Society
^CRIM 213 Women and Crime OR
CRIM 210 Law, Youth, and Young Offenders
PSYC 102 Introduction to Psychology II OR
SOCI 102 Introduction to Sociology II
SSW 113 Helping Skills**Optional, OR, can be taken in place of ENGL to fulfill credenital requirements 
Spring/Summer Semester
*CRIM 131   Introduction to the Criminal Justice System - Criminal Justice Field School: April 30 - May 14. Must be taken prior to CRIM 198 
CRIM 230 Criminal Law in Canada
CRIM 198 Community, Crime and Social Justice Certificate Practicum - Earliest start date: May 15

Note: The number of seats in the work practicum are limited. Students must meet the minimum grade of a C+ in each class to qualify and must apply to and obtain permission to complete the practicum from the instructor of the practicum (students interested in the work practicum need to contact the practicum instructor at the beginning of Fall semester in order to allow enough time to process the application). In addition to regular fees for this course students should expect to pay up to $1500 in food and lodging expenses if the practicum is outside of the student’s home area.

Admission Requirements 
  1. Apply direct to the University Credit Program.
  2. Submit proof of English 12 or equivalent.
  3. Once admitted, register in the courses required for the Criminology Program.

English proficiency is required for all students entering NWCC programs. Please visit our English Language Alternatives page to see how this requirement can be met. 

University Transfer Requirements

Additional course prerequisites may be required if you plan to transfer to a laddering program after completing your credential (e.g. SFU for a BA in Criminology or BCIT for a BTECH in Forensic Sciences.)  Course prerequisites may include:

  • Biology 11
  • Chemistry 11
  • Math 11

Students missing prerequisites may enrol in Career & College Preparation (CCP) upgrading courses while completing the program.

Need help with the application process?  Contact an Educational Advisor.

Dates and Locations 

Intakes:  September and January.

Campus locations:  Terrace, Prince Rupert and Smithers.

Study on a full or part-time basis.  Some courses are available online and by teleconference.

Note: not all courses are offered at every campus. Speak with an Educational Advisor for assistance with course selection.

Program Fees