Homeland Security Certificate’s & Diplomas

A homeland security certificate is another option for someone aiming to enter the world of homeland security, or to advance further within it. It is also a smart and efficient option for combining education with relevant work experience.

The homeland security certificate program usually consists of multiple classes that are very specific to homeland security. One of the main differences between a certificate and a degree is that the certificate only includes classes directly related to the topic whereas a degree usually requires additional general education requirements.

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Examples of the classes included in the homeland security diploma program

  • Terrorism
  • Homeland Security
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • Cyber Security

A homeland security certificate is typically used by two groups of people.

Homeland Security Group 1

People who are already working in jobs that are somewhat related to homeland security and they want to continue their education. This also allows them to show professional credentials without having to spend four years obtaining a degree.

Homeland Security 2

Students at the graduate level in other areas who have a desire to change their focus within homeland security or prepare for another role.

The certificate is a great way to show current and future employers that you are serious about your career and you are willing to take additional steps to become better educated and credentialed.

Homeland Security Certificate Prerequisites

Typically, the only prerequisites needed for homeland security certificates are a high school diploma or a GED. There are some graduate level certificates that require the completion of a bachelor’s degree.

Jobs with Homeland Security Certificate’s & Diplomas The available jobs with a homeland security certificate will depend a great deal on other qualifications and work experience you have to complement it. If, for example, you are currently a security guard and want to become a border patrol agent, a certificate program could be a great option in order to make the switch. A bachelor’s degree (even if it’s not related) will be to your benefit, as will any practical experience you have obtained working in a job that is related to homeland security. This kind of experience will help you even if it only related to homeland security on a marginal level.

If you have an entry-level position, a certificate should allow you the opportunity to advance further and gain additional responsibilities. If you already have a bachelor’s degree in addition to your certificate, you should have the opportunity to move into the homeland security world at a mid-level position.

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Homeland Security Fact

The Department of Homeland Security is comprised of many different divisions, each have a different set of missions to ensure national security.

Visit the DHS website to view more career information & job openings.

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Fast Fact:

A New Era of American Security

Established in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Department of Homeland Security combines formerly separate nonmilitary government agencies that are responsible for several functions related to American security.

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