(a)  Each applicant for employment as a criminal justice officer shall furnish to the employing agency documentary evidence that the applicant has met the educational requirements for the criminal justice field of expected employment.

(b)  Documentary evidence of educational requirements shall consist of official transcripts of courses completed or diplomas received from a school that meets the approval guidelines of either the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the Division of Non-Public Instruction, or a comparable out-of-state agency. Documentary evidence of college or university graduation consists of diplomas or transcripts from colleges or universities accredited by the Department of Education of the state in which the institution is located, from an accredited body recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, or from the state university of the state in which the institution is located. High school diplomas earned through correspondence enrollment in an entity that charges a fee and requires the individual to complete little or no education or coursework to obtain a high school diploma shall not be recognized toward these minimum educational requirements.

(c)  Documentary evidence of having received a high school equivalency credential from the issuing state shall be satisfied by a certified copy of a high school equivalency credential from the issuing state.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 17C-6; 17C-10;

Eff. January 1, 1981;

Amended Eff. April 1, 2018; February 1, 2016; November 1, 2015; June 1, 2012; August 1, 2000.