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: Spring 2021 (585)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Spring 2021 (585), 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 Leadership Information -

Kevin Thomas
Lead Instructor, AC
(727) 341-4540

Susan Demers

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, subplan Computer Related Crime Investigations.

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

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code


Federal CIP Code

43.0103: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration.

Job Related Opportunities

  • Computer Security Specialist
  • Corporate Computer Crime Investigator
  • Computer Security Manager
  • Law Enforcement Computer Crime Investigator
  • Computer Forensic Investigator
  • Computer Crime Consultant
  • Computer Security Auditor

Admission Rules


Fully Online

Graduation Rules

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


CJE 1680 Introduction to Computer Related Crime Investigations 3

Select 21 credits

CJE 1669 Identity Theft Investigations 3
CJE 1681 Internet as an Investigative Tool 3
CJE 1682 Tracking and Profiling Hackers, Pedophiles and Internet Stalkers 3
CJE 1684 Internet Fraud Investigations 3
CJE 1685 Legal Aspects of Computer Related Criminal Investigations 3
CJE 1686 Forensic Computer Related Crime Investigations 3
CJE 1687 Computer Software Piracy and Copyright Infringement 3
CTS 1120 Network Security Foundations 3
Total Credits 24

Continue your education at SPC

SPC's Computer-Related Crime Investigation Certificate is part of our Associate in Science Degree in Digital Forensics and Computer Investigations, 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