Our state-licensed academy offers both full-time and part-time Basic Peace Officer courses. Times may fluctuate slightly depending on variants such as weather and holiday schedules.
Our next full-time day academy will begin on February 11, 2019. Classes are held Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is a 6 month course. Interviews will be conducted by appointment only from November 14, 2018 to January 14, 2019.
Part-time evening classes are offered once a year in September. Classes are held Monday through Friday from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., taking about 10 months to finish. Interviews will be conducted by appointment only from mid-June to mid-August.
Ours is an open-enrollment academy, one of only a few in the North Texas area. Cadets who meet both state and college requirements may be accepted to the academy without agency endorsement.
Upon completion of the academy, cadets will be presented with a certificate of eligibility to take the TCOLE peace officer licensing examination. The examination will be given at Cedar Valley College and is part of the fee that you pay for the Academy.
Once cadets have passed the TCOLE exam, they will be able to apply to any law enforcement agency for which they meet the standards. All agencies set their own standards, including age, education and physical fitness.
Cedar Valley College’s Law Enforcement Academy is administered through its Continuing Education and Workforce Development Division, and courses credits are awarded in continuing education units (CEUs).
However, it is possible to get your CE hours transferred into college credit hours if you meet the following criteria:
Once you have completed all the requirements, contact the academy for further instructions on how to get your CE hours transferred to 24 credit hours. Combined with the 2 Criminal Justice courses (6 hours), this would bump you to 30 credit hours.
Our Career Services offers two Law Enforcement Job Fairs each year to help introduce you to potential employers.
Depending on the levels of education and experience you achieve throughout your career, possible career paths include: