Frequently Asked questions about the academies
- What is the difference between the Basic Intensive and Modular Academies?
- Is there a class I can take to prepare for the Academies?
- Is there a study guide for the PELLETB (written exam)?
- How long are my scores good for (Written / Physical Fitness Assessment)?
- Can I use my T-score from another agency?
- What is the difference between a sponsored and self-sponsored recruit?
- What are the age, height, and weight requirements to enter the Academy?
- Is the Academy recognized by out of area law enforcement agencies?
- Do I receive college credit for completion of the Academy?
- Does the Academy conduct a background investigation?
- How often are the academies offered?
- When are the fees required for the Academy?
- Can I miss some academy sessions for work-related obligations?
- Do I have to participate in Physical training?
- Do I have to participate in Firearms training?
- Do I have to participate in Chemical Agents training?
- Can I use Learning Domain Workbooks that I got from a previous recruit?
Q. What is the difference between the Basic Intensive and Modular Academies?
A. The main difference between both academies is the format in which it is offered. The “Basic” Academy is generally scheduled Monday through Friday from 6AM-5PM; it is also called the Intensive, Full-time, or Daytime Academy. The Basic Academy takes approximately 6 months to complete. The “Modular” Academy is scheduled Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6 - 11 pm and every other Saturday from 8 am- 5 pm; it is also called the “part-time”, “reserve” or “nighttime” Academy. The Modular Academy consists of three modules and takes approximately 13 months to complete. Successful completion of all three modules equates to the training obtained in a full-time basic law enforcement academy.
Q. Is there a class I can take to prepare for the Academies?
A. Yes, we offer to academy preparations courses. The Law Enforcement Pre-Academy is offered the spring and fall semesters and focuses on the academic aspect of the academy. The Introduction to Law Enforcement and Physical Conditioning for Basic Academy Students (also known as the “wellness” class) is offered in conjunction with the start date of the Basic Academy and is designed to familiarize students with law enforcement and prepare them for the physical fitness aspect of the academy.
Q. Can I use my T-score from another agency?
A. Yes. You must have taken the P.O.S.T. Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) exam in order for us to accept your T-score. Bring a letter from that agency (on department letterhead) stating the T-score you received. In order for us to accept your score, your score must be higher than 40 and you must have taken it within the preceding 12 months of the start date of the academy. All scores are subject to validation.
Q. What is the difference between a sponsored and self-sponsored recruit?
A. A sponsored recruit is one who is hired by a law enforcement agency before starting the academy and is being paid by that agency while in the academy, whereas a self-sponsored recruit pays their way through the program and is not hired. Self-sponsorship does not guarantee that you will be hired.
Q. What are the age, height, and weight requirements to enter the Academy?
A. The only absolute requirement is that recruits be a minimum of 18 years old for the Modular and Corrections Academies and 21 for the Basic Intensive Academy. There is no maximum age. Many recruits in their mid-50s have successfully completed the programs. There are no height and weight requirements; however it would be to your benefit if your weight was in proportion to your height.
Q. Is the Academy recognized by out of area law enforcement agencies?
A. Yes, the P.O.S.T. and S.T.C. certificates are recognized throughout the state of California; however, it is incumbent upon each recruit to research the individual agency’s respective requirements. Agencies such as Los Angeles Police Department do not accept any other academy certificate, and you will be required to attend their academy training. The S.T.C. certificate is not recognized by the California Department of Corrections. Our academy curriculum exceeds California P.O.S.T. and S.T. C. standards for training.
Q. Do I receive college credit for completion of the Academy?
A. Yes, each course is listed in the Moreno Valley College catalog and counts for a specific number of units of college credit. You will also receive P.O.S.T. credit for training hours that are applied towards specialized certificates in law enforcement agencies.
Q. Does the Academy conduct a background investigation?
A. Yes, the academy conducts a Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI record search to ensure recruits have no felony convictions. The academy may check criminal history of recruits, but the actual detailed background investigation is accomplished by the hiring agency. All recruits are also required to submit a copy of their driving record and Personal History Statement.
Q. How often are the academies offered?
A. The Basic Academy is offered three to four times a year with a course generally starting every season. The Modular Academy series is offered one time a year with a new series starting every spring. The Correctional Deputy Academy is offered three to four times a year with a course generally starting every season.
Q. When are the fees required for the Academy?
A. The college fees will be paid by the students via WebAdvisor upon enrollment in the course. The Academy Materials Fee is due no later than two weeks prior to the start of the Academy. The Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (Basic and Module I Academy students only) fee will be collected before attending the training (approximately half ways through the academy). Agencies sponsoring any recruits need to contact the sheriff’s Accounting and Finance office and the college’s Admissions and Records office to pay the recruit’s fees. No refunds on Academy Materials Fee will be given no later than two weeks prior to the start of the Academy.
Q. Can I miss some academy sessions for work-related obligations?
A. Yes, but there are many mandatory days that cannot be made up if they are missed. Each academy allows for a specific number of excused absent hours. You are only allowed to miss 5% of the total number of hours in each course. If you go past the 5% mark, you will be dropped from the class. These hours are regulated by P.O.S.T. and there are no exceptions.
Q. Do I have to participate in Physical training?
A. Yes, physical qualification is mandatory for P.O.S.T. certification and for successful completion of the program. Exercises such as running, push-ups, sit-ups, and calisthenics should be expected daily. In order to graduate from the Academy, recruits are required to take and pass the POST Work Sample Test Battery.
Q. Do I have to participate in Firearms training?
A. Yes. Firearms qualification is mandatory for P.O.S.T. certification and successful completion of the program. Each student must pass several handgun courses and qualify with the shotgun. All recruits must provide their own handgun and ammunition; the academy provides the shotguns. When purchasing your firearm, keep in mind that there is a 10-day waiting period set by California law.
Q. Do I have to participate in Chemical Agents training?
A. Yes, chemical agents training is an integral portion of the course and is mandatory for P.O.S.T. certification and for successful completion of the program.
Q. Can I use Learning Domain Workbooks that I got from a previous recruit?
A. Yes; however, they must be the current version. We can provide you with a current list of the versions. POST makes changes to the workbooks twice a year in January and July. If any have been revised, you can just purchase those specific LDs from the POST website. You need to notify the Academy Staff in advance.