Tracking digital footprints

The growing field of computer forensics is not your father's crime tracking. Today's cybercrime sleuths need to be masters of many technologies. We teach you how to recover electronic assets, trace digital footprints and use the Internet as a crime-fighting tool. Our certificate gives you tools you can use in business or law enforcement.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Information Security Analysts

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Our programs in Computer-Related Crime Investigations and Digital Forensics teach you

  • Computer research and investigative tools and techniques
  • How to track hackers, pedophiles and internet stalkers
  • How to conduct identity theft and internet fraud investigations
  • How to combat computer software piracy and copyright infringement
  • Legal aspects of computer-related crime investigations

Computer Related Crime Investigation Certificate with Financial Aid Eligibility

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2023 (625)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2023 (625), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Program Summary

This program is offered as a Fully Online program. This certificate requires eight of nine courses listed below for a total of 24 credit hours which include skills in researching, investigating, using computer software, interpreting laws, and using the internet as an investigative tool. This certificate will prepare the student for careers in corporate computer security investigation or similar careers in law enforcement. The prerequisites for entry to the program are basic computer usage skills: editing files, navigating a file system, and browsing the internet. The courses include tasks that will enhance the student’s ability to obtain and interpret data from various sources. The student will also be provided with scenarios and case histories to explore and gain experience. These courses will apply toward the AS degree in Public Safety, Criminal Justice (CJPSS-AS), Digital Forensics and Computer Investigations subplan. 

Graduation Requirements

A minimum grade of "C" in all Support and Major courses.

Academic Pathways

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
  • the recommended order in which to take the program courses
  • suggested course when more than one option exists
  • which semester each course is typically offered
  • if the course has a prerequisite
  • courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Program Leadership Information

Kevin Thomas
Lead Instructor, AC

Florida CIP Code

0743010304 - Criminal Justice Technology Specialist CCC

Federal CIP Code

43.0103 - Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration.

Continue your education at SPC

SPC's Computer-Related Crime Investigation Certificate is part of our Associate in Science Degree in Public Safety, which transfers to our bachelor's degree in Public Safety Administration


If you're looking for training as a current public safety professional or need to meet your mandatory training requirements, SPC offers a wide range of Advanced and Short-Term Training for public safety professionals.

Digital Forensics and Computer Investigations A.S. Degree