Police Academy

Certificate Description

Most major law enforcement departments require completion before consideration for employment.

Special Function/Basic Correction Officer (1st Block): The training provides an excellent foot-in-the-door approach to a law enforcement career. Areas of study include legal subjects, patrol and criminal investigation procedures, arrest control techniques, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)/First Aid. Successful completion qualifies students to apply to work as a correctional officer in any county jail or state prison facility and becomes qualified to enter the Law Enforcement Officer training portion of the academy.

Law Enforcement Officer (2nd Block): In addition to enforcing laws, police officers are primarily responsible for protecting lives and property. Upon successful completion, students will be prepared to respond to calls, conduct traffic stops, issue citations, arrest suspects, investigate domestic issues, write detailed reports, patrol, give first aid to accident victims, and more. Highly qualified instructors provide professional experiences that bring the topics to life – taking students from the traditional classroom and providing real-world, hands-on training.

Most major law enforcement departments require the completion of this training before consideration for employment. Some local agencies may reimburse some or all training costs. Enrollment is limited to those individuals who have successfully completed the Special Function Officer Training.

Steps for Applying

  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Must be 21 years of age or older at the time of certification as a Special Function Officer or Correctional Officer
  • Have evidence of a high school diploma, GED, or recognized equivalent
  • Successfully pass the National Peace Officer Standards and Training (NPOST) exam consisting of math, reading, grammar and report writing. For an appointment, call the Bridgerland Technical College Assessment Center at 435-750-3188. Test scores are good indefinitely.
  • Submit your completed application via the POST Applicant Portal on or before the application deadline of November 1 at 3 p.m.


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Police Academy General Information 2020


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Additional Requirements

Students must be 21 years of age or older at the time of entrance and pass a background investigation.

Assessment: Basic reading (70%), basic math (70%), grammar (70%), and writing (70%). Call (435) 750-3188 to schedule an appointment. A $35 assessment fee will apply. A study guide may be obtained from the Bridgerland Technical College Bookstore or accessed online here. Once the student has cleared the assessment, he/she is eligible to register and will receive instructions on how to complete a background investigation.

Applications due no later than December 1st.

During training, students are required to wear a police academy approved uniform and physical fitness uniform. The uniforms can be purchased at the Bridgerland Tech Bookstore. Students also must purchase a course manual and other equipment, which is in addition to tuition. This information will be provided to the students.

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When Can I Start?

Students must successfully pass the NPOST exam before completing the Policy Academy Application. Please contact Michelle Welker at 435-750-3191 for application details. Applications are due November 1st.

Is There Financial Aid?

No. However, you do have an option to set up a payment plan. Please contact a Student Services Representative.

Can I make payments? Are all tuition and fees due upfront?

Students are required to pay half of the tuition prior to beginning the program. The remaining balance can be set up on a payment plan.

Estimated Tuition & Fees

Course fees may vary.

Pell Eligible: No

Estimated Monthly Payment:

Call (435) 753-6780 for details.

Estimated Books & Supplies

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Campus Locations

Logan Campus - West

Quick Facts

Certificate Duration
725 Hours - 10 months
Hours per Week
Certificate Availability
Adult Students:
Mon - Thur, 6 pm - 10 pm

Special Function/Correction Officer
(First Block): Begins in January

Law Enforcement (Second Block):
Begins in July

Outcome Data

Reported Annually to the Accrediting Agency Council on Occupational Education

Completion: 60%
Job Placement: 100%
Licensure: 100% Certification required - Peace Officer Standards Training / Utah Department of Public Safety
Withdrawal: 40%

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Hours of Operation

Logan Campus - Main

Student Services
Monday: 8 am - 4:30 pm (We will be open at 7:30 am on the first day of registration)

Tuesday: 8 am - 6 pm
Wednesday: 8 am - 6 pm
Thursday: 8 am - 4:30 pm
Friday: 8 am - 4 pm
Sat/Sun: Closed

Brigham City Branch Campus 

Telephone: 435-734-0614

In-Person Hours Brigham City Branch Campus
Monday: 7:30 am - 4 pm
Tuesday: 7:30 am - 4 pm
Wednesday: 7:30 am - 4 pm
Thursday: 7:30 am - 4 pm
Friday: 7:30 am - 3 pm
Sat/Sun: Closed

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Logan Campus - Main (Office)
1301 North 600 West
Logan, UT 84321

Toll Free: 866-701-1100
Local: 435-753-6780
TDD: 800-346-4128
Fax: 435-752-2016