New Law Enforcement Certificate Available at Oakton This Fall

(July 18, 2019) Oakton Community College announces a new private security certificate program this fall to meet growing workforce needs in the law enforcement field. The need for private security personnel is skyrocketing with more than 5,000 security job postings listed in the Chicago area alone in 2018, according to job market analytics from Burning Glass Technologies.

The 18-credit hour certificate includes courses in criminal justice, forensics, police operations, criminal law, investigative process and security guard training. Upon successful completion, students will qualify for a Permanent Employee Registration Card (PERC) from the state of Illinois, allowing them to function as unarmed security guards. The Private Security Certificate prepares students for entry level employment opportunities in the private security sector, including security officers, loss prevention, private inspectors and private detectives.

“This new certificate will put students ahead of the curve and is a stepping stone to further credentialing and career growth in the law enforcement field,” says Chair of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice James Humenik.

Certificate completion offers benefits to both students and employers. “Students will be able to jump right into a security position as companies won’t have to pay for their training,” notes Humenik. “The program is similar to a mini-security academy – when students graduate they demonstrate to employers that their capabilities go above and beyond state minimum requirements.”

For those who have their sights set on a career in law enforcement, the credential allows students to earn while they learn. Starting salaries for a person with an associate degree in criminal justice is over $27,000 and can increase to more than $40,000 with a bachelor’s degree. Completion of the program satisfies 12 credit hours toward the requirements for a law enforcement certificate and the associate in applied science degree.

For more information, contact Humenik, at 847-635-1948 or

Oakton is currently accepting applications for the fall semester. Classes start Monday, August 19. To apply and enroll online go to or visit the Enrollment Center on Oakton’s campuses (1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines and 7701 N. Lincoln Ave., Skokie) Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Students with a current application on file may register online at

For information about the enrollment process, contact Student Recruitment and Outreach at 847-635-1835.