(a)  Each applicant for Justice Officer certification shall furnish documentary evidence of high school, college or university graduation to the employing agency.  Documentary evidence of high school graduation consists of diplomas or transcripts from public schools or private schools which meet standards adopted by 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 as such by the Department of Education of the state in which the institution is located, an accredited body recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education or Council for Higher Education Accreditation, or the state university of the state in which the institution is located.

(b)  High School Diplomas earned through home school programs must be accompanied by a true and accurate or certified transcript and must meet the requirements of Part 3 of Article 39 of Chapter 115C of the North Carolina General Statutes, or a comparable out-of-state statute.

(c)  Diplomas earned from High Schools outside of the United States must be translated into English and be accompanied by an authentic transcript.  Transcripts reflecting curriculum requirements not scholastically comparable to those in the United States are not acceptable.

(d)  High School diplomas earned through correspondence courses are not recognized toward the educational requirements.

(e)  Documentary evidence of having passed the General Educational Development Test (GED) shall be satisfied by a certified copy of GED test results or by a copy of the applicant's GED diploma.

(f)  Documentary evidence of the attainment of satisfactory scores on any military high school equivalency examination is acceptable as evidence of high school graduation if verified by a true copy of the veteran's DD214.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 17E‑4;

Eff. January 1, 1989;

Amended Eff. January 1, 2008; August 1, 2000; January 1, 1992; January 1, 1990.