Corporate and Continuing Education

Public Safety (Non-Credit)

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Corporate and Continuing Education at Central Piedmont provides advanced and in-service training for all public safety professions. Offerings include the college's American Academy of Applied Forensics (AAAF), which provides state-of-the-art training in forensics for law enforcement, initial and continuing education opportunities for Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), and Paramedic Training.

The program includes state-mandated and in-service training for law enforcement, as well as advanced training topics. Thanks to a partnership with the Charlotte Fire Department, the college offers in-service training for Fire and Rescue municipal and volunteer agencies.

Public Safety Corporate and Continuing Education courses are typically offered at the Claudia Watkins Belk Center for Justice on the Merancus Campus.

If you are looking to earn college credit toward an associate degree, certificate, diploma, or to transfer to another institution, explore our degree programs.

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Corporate and Continuing Education courses at Central Piedmont are not offered for college credit, but in many cases continuing education units (CEUs) are awarded. 

Continuing education offerings can change. If a program or course you are interested in is not currently offered, contact Customer Service, 704.330.4223.

Emergency Medical Technician

Fire Protection

  • General Information

    Central Piedmont offers Fire Protection In-Service Training for Fire and Rescue municipal and volunteer agencies. Courses are offered through Public Safety Corporate and Continuing Education to earn certifications. 

    The college also offers a curriculum (for college credit) program, in which you can earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Protection Technology.

  • Fire Protection Courses

    For program and course information, contact the Program Chair, Leonard Edge, at or call 704.330.4619.

  • Registration

    Effective Immediately — the North Carolina Community College System has mandated that all students/firefighters must complete a fire registration form prior to the first day of any class offered. 

    Email the completed registration form to Customer Service at or fax to 704-330-4222.  All students/fire fighters must sign the form. If the form is not received by the Customer Service Office before the start of class, the student/fire fighter will not be registered. 

Law Enforcement

American Academy of Applied Forensics

  • About the Academy

    The American Academy of Applied Forensics (AAAF) offers one of the most comprehensive applied forensics training curriculum in the country for law enforcement and medicolegal (coroners, doctors, nurses, etc.) investigative professionals. AAAF has over 80 different classes and provides a full range of in-service training in both general applied forensics and digital evidence. Recognized as a national leader in workforce development, the college received a series of Congressional appropriations to develop a state-of-the-art applied forensics program, then appointed the National Institute of Justice to administer funding for the Academy and oversee its planning and development. Courses in each area are taught by the nation’s leading forensic experts in state-of-the-art training laboratories and classrooms.


  • General Forensics Program

    The program is designed to prepare the generalist crime scene investigator as well as provide advanced training for the veteran and specialist crime scene investigator. Courses are taught by nationally known forensic experts in such fields as bloodstain pattern analysis, forensic anthropology, forensic entomology, crime scene photography, and numerous facets of latent evidence.

    All General Forensics training is conducted in compliance with the standards of recognized national professional associations, including the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, International Association for Identification, National Board of Death Investigators, American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors – Laboratory Accreditation Program and National Association of Medical Examiners.

  • Digital Forensics Program

    In today’s technologically advanced world, any crime scene can potentially harbor digital evidence: information stored in digital form that may be of evidentiary value in a criminal investigation. Today more than ever before, the identification, collection, and preservation of digital evidence are critical skills in crime scene processing and require forensically sound methodologies.

    AAAF uses the U.S. Department of Defense Computer Investigation Training Program (DCITP) as a model for its Digital Evidence curriculum. Using the DCITP model, AAAF has established one of the few comprehensive Digital Evidence training programs and state-of-the-art computer forensics teaching laboratories in the nation.

    AAAF’s Digital Evidence training curriculum provides training in three areas: incident response, hardware forensics, and network forensics, as well as a full range of related courses in  electronic forensics (surveillance devices and video), presentation of forensic evidence in court, and quality assurance in forensic investigations.

  • Forensics (AAAF) Courses and Certificates

    Central Piedmont's offers Forensics courses as continuing education. Upon the successful completion of a course, you will receive an AAAF certificate. AAAF courses are accepted for Intermediate and Advanced Law Enforcement Certificates in North Carolina.

    If you have taken basic training at another school or training academy, you may take advanced courses with prior approval from the program director of that department. 

    The program does not offer curriculum courses for those looking to earn credit to transfer to another university or degree program. 

    Course Schedules 
    Digital Forensics 
    General Forensics 
  • Registration and Fees

    To Register

    You must pre-register for AAAF classes (traditional classroom and online) at least 24 hours before the start of the class.

    Fee-waived NC Sworn Officers 

    Fill out a registration form and send it to the Central Piedmont Customer Service office either by email or Fax at 704. 330.4222. 

    Training coordinators can handle registrations for NC Sworn and Non-Sworn, and out-of-state as long as the registration forms have the signature of the fee-waived officer taking the training. This is necessary in order to meet the State’s requirement for a fee waiver.

    Non-Sworn and Out-of-State Officers 

    Call customer service 704.330.4223 to register.  Non-Sworn and out-of-state officers will be asked to provide an Authorization to Bill (the agency)/Registration form at the time of registration. 

    If paying with a credit card over the phone, the Authorization to Bill/Registration Form will not be required.


    Classes are eligible for a refund based on the following policy:

    • 100% of tuition paid will be refunded by the College if the student officially withdraws prior to the first day of the class. Call customer service at 704.330.4223 to withdraw.
    • If you do not withdraw and do not attend, you are still responsible for payment.
    • Tuition will be refunded 100% for any classes canceled by the College.

    Refunds are processed around the 10th of each month.

    If extenuating circumstances prevent dropping a class prior to the start date, contact Sheila Priest at 704.330.4117.

  • Directions and Accommodations

    Visit Merancus Campus for directions to AAAF. 

    For out of area students, there are hotels nearby, including the following, which offer special Central Piedmont rates. 

    Comfort Suites

    14510 Boulder Park Dr,

    Huntersville, NC   28078


    Candlewood Suites

    16530 Northcross Drive

    Huntersville, NC  28078


  • Teaching Opportunities with AAAF

    If you are interested in teaching for Central Piedmont, please contact Dale Callan at or 704.330.4171, or Katherine Williams at or704.330.4164.

  • Summer Camps: Basic CSI, Advanced CSI, and Drone Academy

    For information on summer camps, visit Summer Experience