Join a Legacy of Excellence

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry leaders working together to help students sharpen their workforce abilities through skills-based competitions every year. If you have developed skills in the areas of criminal justice, this would be an excellent opportunity for you to showcase your abilities, promote the UVU name, and gain state and national recognition for yourself.

The criminal justice contest typically involves both a written examination and practical exercises to evaluate your knowledge of the field. Students from the UVU Criminal Justice Department participate in this prestigious competition every year and have won medals every time!

In Criminal Justice, UVU has won every medal for the last 8 years since starting.

In Crime Scene Investigation, UVU has won most of the medals the last 8 years since starting.

Matthew Duffin coordinates our CJ student involvement in these events each year.

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Annual Competitions


Last week of January 

Depending on the number of competitors, all may be selected to go on to the State Competition.



Usually held at Salt Lake Community College, Larry Miller Campus. Competition begins at 8 am.  Participants are expected to attend the awards ceremony that evening at the SLCC Redwood Road Campus in the Lifetime Activities Center. 



Louisville, Kentucky

** UVU will pay
for a roundtrip airline ticket to Kentucky, a week's hotel accommodations, and registration fees for the competition. Students will be responsible for their own food expenses. 

Full list of Criminal Justice requirements

UVU SkillsUSA Medal Winners

medal winners standing on stage at the national event


Chris Eilias - CJ Gold
Chris Eilias -CJ Bronze

medal winners standing on stage at Nationals


STATE Andrew Wright - CJ Gold NATIONALS Andrew Wright -CJ Silver

Man and woman with medals around their necks


STATE Chris Chambers- CJ Gold NATIONALS Chris Chambers-CJ Silver