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 including but not limited to; firearms, vehicle operations, chemical agents, officer survival, arrest and control, community policing, patrol procedures, investigations, traffic enforcement, cultural awareness, and criminal law.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the material in each of 41 learning domains.
  • Demonstrate competency in combat shooting principles and tactics using a handgun, and shotgun.
  • 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 or GED.
  • Be over 18 years of age.
  • Have no felony convictions.
  • Pass the academy entrance exams or have equivalency.
  • 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 or equivalency. 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.