Special Function Officer


The Special Function Officer program provides the required basic training necessary before students can advance into training as a corrections or law enforcement officer in the State of Utah. The program provides an excellent initial approach to a law enforcement or corrections career. In this course, students will study the core legal, behavioral health, defensive tactics, patrol, criminal investigation procedures, arrest control techniques, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)/First Aid.


  • Identify and demonstrate key ethical standards in law enforcement.
  • Demonstrate appropriate physical fitness.
  • Apply concepts of Utah law to practical situations.
  • Create professional reports from citizen contacts.
  • Perform basic defensive tactics and arrest skills.
  • Identify persons in crisis and apply de-escalation techniques. 


How to Apply

Choose Your Program
This program is defined entry, defined exit, and runs once a year in January. Registration is first come, first served.  Please contact a Student Success Advisor with any questions you may have about a program. You can check the start dates in the "program hours" section on this                              page.

Make an appointment with a Student Success Advisor here >>



Fill out the admissions form below. College admission policy requires a student to have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent (e.g. GED)*.

Fill out the Logan Campus Admissions Form here >>


Programmatic Requirements
Students will receive additional pre-enrollment programmatic requirements, if applicable, via email. If you have not received this email within 24 business hours, please check your spam or junk mail folders.

Must be a citizen of the United States

Must be 19 years of age or older at the time of registration

Have evidence of a high school diploma, GED, or recognized equivalent

Take 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 the completed application via the POST Applicant Portal on or before the application deadline of November 15 at 3 p.m.

Assessment: (NPOST) Basic reading, basic math, grammar, and writing. Call (435) 750-3188 to schedule an appointment. A $40 assessment fee will apply. A study guide may be obtained from the Bridgerland Technical College Bookstore or accessed online here

Applications are due no later than November 15.



Once the programmatic requirements have been completed, the next step is to meet with a Student Services Representative to complete your enrollment. You will declare your starting date, enrolled hours, and set up your payment schedule.

The first month's payment or completed Financial Aid is required at the time of enrollment. No appointment is necessary. If you have any questions, Student Services can be reached at 435-753-6780 or studentservices@btech.edu or you can visit us in person at the Logan Campus! 

Once the student has taken the assessment, he/she can meet with the Police Academy Department Head for an advisement interview, if interested.

Financial Aid



I have my Student ID

Letter of Recommendation

I have a personal history/career objective

I have my high school transcript

The Process

Apply for scholarships at https://btech.edu/scholarships (soft deadline (5th of each month).

BTECH emails a link to schedule a Scholarship Interview.

Interview with the Scholarship Committee (generally 3rd Tuesday of each month).

BTECH evaluates the interview rubric and available funds.

Notified of award results within 4 weeks.

The student will receive a link to schedule a meeting to accept the award.

BTECH disburses scholarships.



Complete the Veterans checklist.

Reach out to the VA Certifying Official at nmcinelly@btech.edu.

If you have any questions please make an appointment with a Student Success Advisor here.

and Fees
Estimated Equalized Payment
$970 $243
this is an estimate based on
Course fees may vary part-time enrollment
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Estimated Books
& Supplies
Books, course materials, supplies, and equipment No
High School Adult Students:
Not Available Mon - Thur
6 pm to 10 pm
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Per Week
16  9 credits 
4 months


Class Date Day Time Cost
TBD M-Th 6 pm - 10 pm $970

To certify with Peace Officer Standards Training (POST), students must:

  • Pass all written exams at 80% or higher,
  • Pass physical skills such as Defensive Tactics and Firearms at 80% or higher;
  • Pass the physical fitness standards as designated by POST (different for each block of training);
  • Must maintain acceptable attendance (not miss more than 40 hours of the program); and,
  • Maintain high level of moral character.

Logan Campus
1410 North 1000 West,
Logan, UT 84321

Living Miscellaneous personal
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Transportation Dependent care
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Disability-related Professional licensure, certification, or a first professional credential

Outcome Data

Reported Annually to the Accrediting Agency Council on Occupational Education

Completion: n/a
Job Placement: n/a
Licensure: n/a

Certification required - Peace Officer Standards Training / Utah Department of Public Safety

Outcome statistics are compiled annually based upon Training Outcome surveys conducted with students post-graduation. Data is gathered through coordination with the student, faculty, Student Services Office personnel, and licensing agencies.

Employment Outlook

What is the difference between a job and a career?
The words career and job are very different. To be specific, a job is what you show up to for work; a career spans your lifetime and includes your education, training, and professional memberships, and is something you love doing.

Find out the employment trends in this career here.

For additional information on occupational profile, please click here.

Are You Ready For the Next Step

Take the steps and move to the next level of your education and career

Our Mission

The mission of the Bridgerland Technical College is to deliver competency-based, employer-guided career and technical education to both secondary and post-secondary students through traditional and technology-enhanced

methodologies. This hands-on technical education provides occupational education, skills training, and workforce development to support the educational and economic development of the Bear River Region. 











Hours of Operation

Logan Campus - Main
Telephone: 435-753-6780

Student Services
Monday: 8 am - 4:30 pm
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 Campus
Telephone: 435-734-0614

Student Services
Monday: 7:30 am - 1 pm and 2 pm - 4 pm
Tuesday: 7:30 am - 1 pm and 2 pm - 4 pm
Wednesday: 7:30 am - 1 pm and 2 pm - 4 pm
Thursday: 7:30 am - 1 pm and 2 pm - 4 pm
Friday: 7:30 am - 1 pm and 2 pm - 4 pm
Sat/Sun: Closed


Logan Campus - Main . 435-753-6780
1301 North 600 West, Logan, UT 84321

Brigham City Campus . 435-734-0614
325 West 1100 South Brigham City, UT 84302