Certificate of Achievement in POST Certified Basic Police Academy

Division: Special Programs

This certificate prepares students for entry-level employment in the field of law enforcement. Students completing this certificate will acquire basic skills and training in firearms, emergency driving, chemical agents, officer survival, community policing, patrol procedures, investigations, traffic enforcement, cultural awareness, and criminal law.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the material in each of 43 separate learning domains.
  • Demonstrate competency in combat shooting principles and tactics using a handgun, shotgun and tactical rifle.
  • Demonstrate the ability to handle simulated calls for police services.
  • Demonstrate the ability to drive a law enforcement vehicle and demonstrate the ability to safely drive and control the vehicle while operating under emergency response (Code 3) conditions.
  • Demonstrate competency in Arrest and Control Techniques, with Pass/Fail scores in the areas of Safety, Awareness, Balance, Control, Controlling Force, Proper Techniques and Verbal Commands Instructions.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of lifetime fitness and nutrition principles as they relate to a successful career in law enforcement.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this certificate, students will be prepared for employment in the following fields: municipal, county and, state law enforcement agencies.

Program Requirements 

PS 200M3Basic Police Academy, Module 36-7.5
PS 200M2Basic Police Academy, Module 28.5-11.5
PS 200M1Basic Police Academy, Module 113.5-17

All Applicants Must

  • Be in good physical health.
  • Be certified by a doctor to participate in a strenuous physical activity program.
  • Have a high school diploma (GED).
  • Be over 18 years of age.
  • Have no felony convictions.
  • Pass the academy pretest.
  • Have a California Department of Justice Fingerprint Clearance to possess a firearm.

Additional Information


Passing score on the POST Entry Level Reading and Writing Test. This is a standardized examination administered at the College by the State of California Commission on Peace Officer’s Standards and Training.


A materials fee and EVOC fee are charged in addition to normal college fees. Interested persons should contact the law enforcement training department (559) 583-2600, prior to registering for the course and for details of the application process.

The Certificate of Achievement requirements include completion of the certificate courses with a “C” or better grade in each course. Required and support courses may be substituted with the approval of the Special Programs Division Chair.