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Knowing and preparing for the threats that our country faces on a daily basis is essential to protect communities from criminal activity and terrorist attacks. With the online Homeland Security Specialist program from LSU, students will gain a greater understanding of how law enforcement operates within a homeland security enterprise.

This MicroCert has been developed in collaboration between LSU’s National Center for Biomedical Research and Training/Academy of Counter Terrorist Education (NCBRT/ACE) and LSU Online & Continuing Education. Participants will learn the importance of conducting risk assessments to protect from criminal activity and terrorist attacks and will learn the predominant modern modes of operations that extremists use to plan for and execute an attack.

This program is ideal for law enforcement officers, public safety professionals and private sector representatives involved in security and safety functions and risk management or threat reduction. Participants enrolled in this program will benefit from the 30+ years of experience that LSU’s National Center for Biomedical Research and Training/Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education (LSU NCBRT/ACE) has in developing complex threat training for our nation’s emergency responders.

This certificate program includes 5 courses that can be purchased separately or bundled together for a discount. Courses are open to all participants, not just those pursuing a certificate program.

It is recommended to take the courses in this order:

  • Homeland Security and Law Enforcement in a Post 9/11 Environment
  • Tradecraft of Modern Terrorism
  • Intelligence and Multi-Agency Partnerships
  • Critical Infrastructure and Private/Public Partnerships
  • Capstone: Operationalizing Homeland Security Concepts (Note: All four core courses must be completed prior to taking the capstone.  This course will be offered quarterly in a date specific cohort-based group. Please check sections for date availability.)


These online courses require access to a computer with Internet access, email, an Internet browser (Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox recommended), MS PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat Reader.


Online format with three months to complete the entire program. Each individual course must be completed in 2 weeks.

What You Will Earn

After successfully completing all courses in the certificate program, you will be able to download an official LSU certificate. We recommend you print out this certificate and showcase it with pride!

Completers will also receive a digital badge that showcases your new skill set and provides employers with a reliable way to assess your capabilities. These badges serve as a visual representation of your accomplishments and can be shared on social media, personal websites, or professional networking sites. Badges are distributed through Canvas Credentials. For more information on digital badges, visit the LSU Digital Badge page.

Prior Learning Assessment

Through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), students who successfully complete this credential might be eligible to earn college credit toward an LSU online degree.  See below for details.

Earn 1 credit hour of general Social Science elective toward this degree:

  • Associate of Science in Criminal Justice (LSUE) - View Program

English Proficiency Requirements

Continuing Education Programs

Continuing Education (CE) courses and programs offered online through LSU Online & Continuing Education typically include a combination of lecture and discussion as well as reading and writing assignments. You need an adequate command of English in all skill areas (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) to participate in classes.

If English is not your native language, you must meet one of the English language proficiency requirements below to be successful in our CE programs. If you intend to register for a CE course or program, you can determine whether you meet English proficiency requirements by self-assessment prior to enrolling. We want to empower you, the learner, to progress successfully. Completing this self-assessment will enable you to make a good decision on whether you can complete one of our programs.

Intermediate English Skills

Most CE professional development courses and programs require at least intermediate English skills, which are equivalent to a B2 level of English language proficiency on the Self-Assessment Form. When assessing yourself, be sure to read through each of the categories under Column B2 to make sure you meet proficiency requirements.

Advanced English Skills

Online Distance Learning courses and microcreds are for-credit courses and might require more advanced English skills, equivalent to a C1 level on the Learner Self-Assessment Form. Be sure to read through each of the categories under Column C1 to make sure you meet proficiency requirements.

Additional Details

BUNDLE AND SAVEReceive a discount when you purchase all courses together!

Certificate Price
POHSS : $500.00
Time to complete
180 Days After Registration
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