Professional Certificate in Criminal Psychology

Are you fascinated by the inner workings of the criminal mind? Do you see yourself unravelling the mysteries of crime scenes or understanding the complexities of criminal behaviour? Ever wondered how legal knowledge and psychological insights can merge to prevent crime and rehabilitate offenders? The Professional Certificate in Criminal Psychology is your gateway to turning these interests into a rewarding career.
Course Provider
The Learning Group
(RTO 22557)
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One-on-One Mentor and Student Support Advisor

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Upfront Payment with a discount or an Interest-Free Payment Plan.

Course Overview

Start Date
Start Anytime
Self-paced. Approximately 500 hours to complete the course, which has five key modules made up of 47 lessons .
Flexible, online, self-paced learning with dedicated mentor support.
Career Outcomes

This course may be of interest to people working or aspiring to work in or as:

  • Law enforcement
  • Crime Prevention
  • Social Workers
  • Rehabilitation Officers
  • Prison Guards
  • Legal professions
  • Security Professions
Course Modules

Module 1: Introduction to Forensic  Science

  1. Nature of Forensic Science
  2. Forensic Science and Law
  3. Evidence Collection
  4. Analysis of Evidence 
  5. Specialist Forensics
  6. Criminology
  7. Psychological Disorders and Crime
  8. Criminal Profiling and Intelligence
  9. Presenting Evidence in Court
  10. Ethical Issues

This module was designed as an introduction to the scope and nature of forensic science; from how modern science can be applied in law, to how it can help to solve crimes. Discover how it draws on principles and methods from traditional sciences as well as specific forensic science techniques, such as anthropometry, fingerprinting and blood stain analysis. Learn how evidence gathered using scientific principles is then prepared for submission in courts, to be presented impartially, to help uncover the truth.

Module 2: Criminal Psychology

  1. Introduction to Criminal Psychology
  2. Psychological Approaches to Understanding Crime
  3. Psychology and Understanding Serious Crimes
  4. Mental Disorder and Crime 1 - Learning Disabilities and Crime
  5. Mental Disorder and Crime 2 -Psychopathy
  6. Gender and Crime
  7. Youth and Crime
  8. Psychology and the Police
  9. Psychology in the Courtroom
  10. Psychology and Crime Prevention

This module is designed to teach you about criminal psychology and how psychology is used in law enforcement and crime prevention. Understand the many different theories and approaches to identifying the origins of criminal behaviour, from social learning theories to labelling theory and individual differences, to gain a broad understanding of how crime is conceptualised. You will also gain a better understanding of the thoughts and behaviours of criminals and people who cross the boundary of what is considered acceptable in society.

Module 3: Legal Terminology

  1. Scope and Nature of Legal Terminology
  2. The Legal Workplace
  3. Legal Systems and International 
  4. Contract and BusinessLaw
  5. Property Law- Conveyancing and Intellectual Property 
  6. Wills, Probates, Estates and Trusts
  7. Criminal Law and Torts (Civil Law)
  8. Other Categories Family Law, Bankruptcy, Insurance, Accident Compensation

This module aims to increase your understanding of legal terminology, which is useful for people in a variety of professions, from paralegals, to legal assistants and receptionists, to law enforcement officers, writers and journalists, campaigners and activists, to authorised government inspectors and officers. It’s also beneficial to those looking to improve their understanding of the government and the community.

Module 4: Criminal Profiling

  1. Introduction to Criminal Profiling
  2. Profiling Methods
  3. Crime Scene Analysis
  4. Offender Characteristics
  5. Victimology
  6. Offender Profiling- Sexual Crimes
  7. Offender Profiling- Violent Crimes
  8. Offender Profiling- White Collar Crimes
  9. Offender Profiling- Victimless Crimes, Consensual Crimes and Other Crimes
  10. Profiling in Action 

This module offers an in-depth exploration of Criminal Profiling, tailored for a diverse audience, including law enforcement officers, criminal investigators, forensic psychologists, legal professionals, writers, journalists, and anyone interested in crime prevention and community safety. It covers a broad range of topics, from an introduction to criminal profiling, profiling methods, and crime scene analysis to detailed examinations of offender characteristics and victimology. This module further delves into specialised areas such as offender profiling for sexual and violent crimes, white collar crimes, victimless, consensual and other crimes, culminating in practical applications with profiling in action.

Module 5: Ethics

  1. Overview of Ethics
  2. Metaethics
  3. Accommodating Varying Viewpoints
  4. Virtues and Morality
  5. Reasons for Ethical Decisions
  6. The Social Contact
  7. Individual Rights
  8. An Ethical Society
  9. The Ethics of Work and Business

This module delves into ethics, starting with an overview of ethics and progressing into metaethics, exploring the foundation of moral principles. It emphasises the importance of accommodating varying viewpoints and understanding virtues and morality to foster a comprehensive moral compass. The module also addresses reasons for ethical decisions and the practical application of ethics in work and business, aiming to cultivate a deep understanding of ethical behaviour and decision-making in professional and personal settings.

Course Fees Include
  • All the required study materials and course notes.
  • One-on-one mentor and a student support advisor available to you five days a week.
  • Upon course completion, you’ll receive a Certificate of Completion and a Statement of Attainment for each module completed.
Student Support

You’ll be fully supported with access to an allocated student support advisor, mentor and course consultants, who are available 5 days per week.


Assessments are an important part of your study journey as they help ensure you stay on track and meet the learning objectives of each lesson before moving on to the next. They also help your student support advisor and mentors identify where any further support may be required so that you get the most out of your course. You will learn via various methods; a combination of reading, undertaking research and watching videos. Assessments might include case studies, quizzes, and written assessments.


Upon completing the course, you will receive a Statement of Attainment for each certificate completed and a Certificate of Completion.

Your Pathway to a Rewarding Career

This course is more than just an academic journey; it's a stepping stone into a profession that makes a real difference. Whether you're drawn to law enforcement, social work, rehabilitation, or legal and security professions, the knowledge and skills you'll gain are directly applicable to a variety of rewarding career paths.

Approval & Recognition

The Learning Group is an approved and recognised member of IARC. The IARC is an International association which recognises quality and excellence in education providers in tertiary education.

Have a question?

Our Course Consultants can answer any questions you may have. They will help you to find the best course for you and your goals and how to enrol.

*The contents are accurate at the time of writing. Get in touch with the course provider for the latest information.

About the Course Provider

The Learning Group

Whether you want to stand out from the competition, move into a new industry or turn your passion into a career, The Learning Group courses are designed to help you get ahead and stay ahead. They have a student-first approach, so you can study your way, when and how it suits you. Their courses are designed to fit in with your lifestyle, so you can continue to work and study at the same time. You’ll be fully supported with access to an allocated student support mentor and their experienced course consultants, who are available to you 5 days a week. The pathway to success looks different for everyone. As a Learning Group student, you will have the opportunity to further study with their well-rounded study program with industry associations and partnerships to deliver personal development and career success. Plus, they partner with industry leading education providers, so you can unlock access to LinkedIn Learning. The Learning Group offers a wide range of onlince courses in Australia, from Aged Care to Zoology, tailored for flexible learning. Their student-first approach ensures you can study at your own pace, balancing work and education. With industry partnerships and LinkedIn Learning access, these courses support career advancement and personal development, making it ideal for those looking to enhance their skills or pivot to new careers entirely, all through online study.
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