General Information



The day (Intensive Format) Academy meets Monday through Friday, with some evenings and weekends scheduled.  Training begins at 6:00 a.m. and normally ends by 4:30 p.m.

The Extended Format (weekends) meets on Saturday and Sunday with approximately seven Fridays scheduled through the course.  Training begins at 7:00 a.m. and normally ends by 6:00 p.m. 

The organizational philosophy is para-military.  Academy classes include physical training, personnel inspections, and high standards of grooming, appearance and conduct.

The training environment is highly structured; and standards and regulations are strictly maintained.  Candidates are accorded respect as adult professionals, and are expected to act accordingly.

Successful candidates are those who possess above average English language and study skills coupled with high levels of motivation and maturity.  Candidates also need to be reasonably physically fit.


In the State of California, there are two types of Basic Police Academies.  One is called the Regular Basic Course (RBC), which is one course from start to finish.  If a student fails or drops during any portion of the training, he or she will have to begin the training again at day one.  They receive no credit for the time spent in the Academy prior to dismissal.

This Academy format is called a Modular Program.  As a Modular Program, the Academy is broken into three modules:  Module III, Module II, and Module I.  As a student completes each module, they receive a certificate and do not have to retake that module if they fail or drop in a subsequent module.  The student has the ability to restart in the later module in a future academy class.  Students who complete Module III or Module II are eligible to serve as Level III or Level II reserve officers for police departments or sheriff's departments.

In addition, students that have completed Module III and Module II in another program are able to transfer to our program to complete Module I (as seats are available).


  1. High School graduate from accredited high school or G.E.D. equivalent
  2. Possession of a DOJ Firearms Clearance Letter (Live Scan)
  3. Valid California Drivers License
  4. Eighteen years of age (recommend 20 years or older)
  5. Medical examination
  6. Successful score on POST Entrance Examination
  7. Successful score on the POST Physical Agility Test
  8. Must be eligible to register as a student at College of the Sequoias without a waiver of College regulations


Many candidates decide to complete the Academy Preparation Course (PS313) before applying for admission to the Basic Academy.  Factors indicating a candidate should consider this include:

  • The candidate has completed few or no college level courses
  • The candidate earned low grades in English in high school
  •  It has been five or more years since the candidate has attended college
  •  The candidate is unsure if he or she possesses the requisite language and study skills.
The Academy Preparation Course offers intensive training in essay and report writing, reading comprehension and study skills.  Students in PS313 also complete numerous practice entrance exams. 


Estimated expenses for attending the Basic Police Academy are listed in this website.  Out-of-state fees are also included.



The student graduating from high school and immediately entering the Basic Police Academy has to be diligent in his or her efforts to gain employment in the law enforcement field after Academy completion.  By administrative regulation, the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) will only allow the Academy graduation certificate to remain in effect for three years.  If the candidate has not yet gained a full-time law enforcement position, the graduate will have to retrain in order to be qualified to enter the law enforcement field.

Most law enforcement agencies will not take applications from anyone who has not reached their twenty-first birthday at date of employment.

Subsequently, the 18-19 year old Academy graduate runs a high risk of losing the certification prior to reaching the age of employment.

Cadets are highly encouraged to enter a two-year AA or AS Degree Program at their local Community College, and then use the 28.5 units received in the Basic Academy as electives to complete their degree requirements.  Also, several semesters of experience with college level courses are excellent preparation for the study demands of the Police Academy.

All potential cadets are encouraged to take college-level English courses, as this is a critical skill area both in the academy and the field.

Counseling sessions are easily arranged by contacting

the Law Enforcement Training Department at (559) 583-2600.

Last Updated: 2/7/2017 8:47 AM