Requirements To Become Certified
The Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training Academy (POST) is the basic training academy for all law enforcement agencies in Utah. However, we do not hire for these agencies. For specific employment information, contact each agency directly.
All applicants must pass the National Police Officer Selection Test (NPOST) before they will be admitted into the Academy. A fee is assessed by the testing center each time the exam is taken. You must have your exam results prior to entrance into the Academy. A list of the exam centers is provided on this site at Testing Information.
POST conducts approximately six basic training sessions per year. These sessions are only open to applicants who have been hired by a Utah law enforcement agency. Classes are generally held four days a week, from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Additionally, there are several night practical exercises that extend the classes until approximately 11:00 p.m.
Financial aid is not available through the POST Academy. However, if you are a veteran you may be eligible for V.A. educational benefits.
POST works with several academic facilities in the state which offer peace officer certification programs. These programs are designed for self-sponsored individuals who have not been hired by a Utah law enforcement agency. Financial Aid may be available through these programs. For specific information regarding these programs, contact the academic facility directly. A list of participating institutions is available on this site in the Satellite Academy section.
If you are presently working as a peace officer in another state, or have recently graduated from a peace officer training program in another state, you may qualify to waive all or part of the Utah peace officer training program. A written examination and a physical fitness examination are required to waive any portion of the training program. To request a waiver exam for peace officer certification in the state of Utah. Contact POST at (801) 256-2300 for an application packet, study material, and a date and time to take the exam.
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