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Criminal Justice Security - Loss Prevention Specialist - Certificate of Achievement

If you want to quickly get started in a career as a Loss Prevention Specialist, the Certificate of Achievement is for you. 

Loss prevention is a critical part of the security industry in that it helps retailers keep costs low and helps preserve the health of individual stores and chains.

Working in loss prevention is an excellent way to break into a criminology career, providing great opportunities to gain valuable experience that will translate well into other fields, such as law enforcement.

The job of a loss prevention specialist often includes monitoring shoppers, safely apprehending and detaining suspected shoplifters, writing reports, planning investigations and stings and using surveillance and radio equipment.

If you have a clean record, enjoy working with people and have an affinity for the retail industry, and if you understand and appreciate the problem that retail theft causes, a job in loss prevention may be perfect for you. 

About the program

When the program is successfully completed, students will be prepared for an entry-level position in security/loss prevention. This 18-credit Certificate of Achievement will help you stand out among other applicants. Credits can be applied to the Loss Prevention Specialist Associate in Applied Arts degree, which is also offered by Delta.

Some positions that students completing this program have had are:

  • Loss prevention detective
  • Private investigation employee
  • Loss prevention manager

Job outlook

As retail theft continues to be a major source of lost revenue for stores, the need for loss prevention specialists will continue. Growth is largely tied to growth in the retail industry.

Jobs in the field are expected to grow by five percent from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

There is potential for advancement in the field, and with training and experience, loss prevention managers can earn up to $50,000 annually.

What students are saying

“The most important thing I have learned from my Delta instructors is the huge scope of security. I never had stopped to think about everything that could fall under the umbrella of security.” -- Jeffrey Clauss, former student

Find out more

Have questions or want more information? Contact:

Criminal Justice Program Coordinator
Gregory A. Teter
Associate Professor
989-686-9253; Office G-124

Criminal Justice Security - Loss Prevention Specialist - Certificate of Achievement

Program Code: CSZ.35723

The Delta College Criminal Justice program is designed to give you specialized knowledge of the criminal justice field combined with a broad general educational background. The program offers theoretical, practical, and technical instruction designed to meet an ever-increasing demand and continuous upgrading of personnel by law enforcement agencies. As a graduate of this program, depending on the option chosen, you would be prepared to seek employment as private security, or prepare for careers in federal government, CSI, detective, pre-law and many other related careers.

Security/Loss Prevention Specialist Option

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
CJ 110W3Introduction to Criminal Justice ______________
CJ 182W3Introduction to Security ______________
CJ 187W3Current Issues in Security ______________
CJ 211W3Private Security and Investigative Methods ______________
CJ 215W3Introduction to Homeland Security ______________
CJ 271W3Criminal Law ______________

18Total Credits Required


1 - A grade of "C" (2.0) or higher is required in all courses for the certificate.
2 - Employment within the Criminal Justice field may be delayed or denied depending on a history of convictions involving felonies, misdemeanors, and/or involving controlled substances.

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