Law Enforcement Academy

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Secure your spot in the classes you need for Fall 2024 at Pikes Peak State College today, and take the next step towards achieving your academic and career goals!

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Starting Fall 2023, students who enroll in the Pikes Peak Regional Law Enforcement Academy may qualify to have their tuition, fees, course materials, and other costs covered while funding is available through Career Advance Colorado. Students are required to apply for current year FAFSA as well as the Colorado College Opportunity Fund (COF) to be eligible for this program.

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2025 Spring Day Academy Applications Open on October 1, 2024

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Why choose Pikes Peak Regional Law Enforcement Academy (PPRLEA) at PPSC?

The Pikes Peak Law Enforcement Academy will train you for a rewarding career in Law Enforcement. Your training will consist of tactical firearms training, law enforcement driving and arrest control techniques. You will also receive training in police procedures and a basic understanding of the law as it applies to police work. Upon completion of the academy, you will be eligible to take the Colorado P.O.S.T. exam, and after passing that you could get jobs as a police officer, dispatcher, parole officer, investigator or sheriff's deputy, among others.


Training Academy Calendar

Applications accepted during May 1st-31st

Classes start a week before first day of Fall Semester

(see instructional Calendar)

Tu-Fri 0900-1730
Sa-Su 0800-1700

Mondays Off


Physical Training 0700-0800


(Testing every other Tues)

Applications accepted during Oct 1st-31st

Classes start a week before Spring Semester

(see instructional Calendar)

Tu-Fri 0900-1730

Sa-Su 0800-1700

Mondays Off


Physical Training 0700-0800


(Testing every other Tues)

Applications accepted during Mar 1st-31st

Classes starts first day of Summer/Fall semesters

(see instructional Calendar)

Mon-Fri 1800-2200

Sa-Su 0800-1700


Physical Training 1600-1700


PPRLEA Student
Law Enforcement Cadet

Academy Application Process

Print this and use to make sure that you will have all documentation upon submitting the Law Enforcement Applicaition Packet. 

You are required to write a three-page essay explaining what led you to be interested in a law enforcement career and what your professional goals are, either short term or long term. You do not need to cite references. This essay should be double-spaced, 12 font, Times New Roman.

COVID vaccine is highly recommend but not required. Unvaccinated cadets may be required to submit to weekly testing if required by the college protocol at the time.

PPRLEA Checklist 

*Application requires a notary seal. Notary services are available when submitting application.

PPRLEA Application

  • Proof of age ( must be 21 or older to graduate from academy )
  • Completed Medical Waiver - Select Quick clinics will accept physicals : EmergiCare 302-6942 402 W. Bijou St.  UCHealth Urgent Care 722-3692 1035 Garden of Gods Rd #120 : 347-1518 4323 Integrity Center Pt. : (719) 365-3220 13445 Voyager Pkwy. Little clinics inside select King Soopers. Anywhere else is suggested you call ahead to see if they will accommodate. 
  • Copy of High School diploma or GED ( college transcripts accepted as well )
  • Get official driving records for Colorado (Go to Driver ID services, then Request a Driver Record) - and any states lived in during the last 10 years.
  • Copy of valid CO Drivers License
  • 3 page typed essay ( see academy information and checklist )
  • Veterans only - copy of DD214

  In faculty building (F300) of the PPSC Centennial Campus 

Centennial Campus Map


An extensive background check is completed on each applicant. Fingerprint checks will be conducted before the start of the academy. Anyone convicted of a felony will not be eligible to attend the Academy. Certain misdemeanors may disqualify you from admission into the PPRLEA.

Admission into Pikes Peak State College does not guarantee admission into the Pikes Peak Regional Law Enforcement Academy.

Graduation from the Pikes Peak Regional Law Enforcement Academy does not guarantee you will not have to attend a hiring Law Enforcement agency's department specific Law Enforcement Academy.

An oral board evaluation will be required and selection of cadets will be made based on the all information in the application process.

Academy Information and Resources

  • We offer well over 700 hours of curriculum and training towards the required Colorado Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) examination
  • Hands on Skills training is provided in arrest control, law enforcement driving and firearms
  • Upon completion of the Academy, graduates are able to take the Colorado POST certification exam. A passing score gives the cadet a 3 Year P.O.S.T. Certification.

  • Tuition/Fees: Appx $11,000
  • Uniforms/Equipment: Appx $1,400
  • Background/Fingerprint/Academy ID/POST Exam Fees: $ 218

* Prices are subject to change Per Semester  

  • How long is the Academy?

The Fall and Spring Day academies are 17 weeks long. The Summer/Fall Evening class extends from the Summer semester through the Fall semester due to the shorter evening class hours. All the academies have skills training (arrest control, firearms, and driving) on the weekends.

  • Why are the fingerprints and Background checks required?

No person who has been convicted of a felony may be certified as a peace officer in the State of Colorado; also certain misdemeanor convictions may prevent an individual from becoming certified as a peace officer in the State of Colorado.

  • Will certain Law enforcement agencies still have me attend their academy, even though I am P.O.S.T. certified?

Some agencies may have you attend their agency specific Law Enforcement Academy as a condition of employment.

  • What if I fail a skills portion of the Academy, can I sill graduate or take the P.O.S.T. exam?

All aspects of the academy must be passed with a 70% or higher average score to graduate or take the P.O.S.T. exam.

  • Will this Academy guarantee I become employed upon completion?

The Pikes Peak Regional Law Enforcement Academy will provide you with the training and skills you will need to pass the Colorado Peace Officers Standards and Training exam. Most law enforcement agencies have their own criteria for hiring.

  • What if I fail a skills portion of the academy?

Failure of one or more skills portions of the academy will result in the cadet retaking the skills in the next academy. P.O.S.T. certification cannot be granted until successful completion of the entire academy.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) are competencies with which students will be proficient at the completion of an academic program. Program Learning Outcomes link with course learning outcomes and competencies.


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