Law Enforcement Training Academy

CERT - Occupational Certificate

This program is offered only to individuals who have met the minimum qualifications for a peace officer applicant as specified by the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZPOST). To attend the academy, an individual must either be appointed by a law enforcement agency or through an application process as set forth by the Public Safety Institute. For information regarding the Law Enforcement Training Academy, contact the Public Safety Institute. The Academy is comprised of two semester segments that operate parallel to the academic school year. Background check required.

Program Purpose

Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in law enforcement that will prepare them for an entry-level position within the field.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the functions, authority and jurisdiction of the various federal and state courts and an outline of the criminal justice process from arrest to final disposition.
  • Demonstrate the proper techniques and procedures for detaining a juvenile as well as referring them to the juvenile justice system.
  • Provide an outline of local, state, tribal, county, and federal agency functions, responsibilities to the community, jurisdictional limitations, and mutual aid agreements. This includes relationships and channels of communication between law enforcement and governmental and private resources.
  • Describe the observable symptoms in common types of mental illness and associated criminal behavior. Proper techniques for handling and transporting the mentally disturbed and the legal procedures for both emergency and routine cases are addressed.
  • Describe the fundamental techniques for controlling hostile and non-hostile crowds. The proper methods and safeguards for employing chemical agents and decontamination methods are emphasized.
  • Demonstrate the techniques for developing complete, descriptive, and accurate narratives for the report.

Program Map

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Program

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.  Rev. 10/2022

Open the program map above to view the recommended classes to complete the program. You can also print the program map using the button above.

Additional Information

Students are attending a state certified police academy and meeting the academic standards and objectives as set forth by the Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training Board.

  • Graduates will become eligible for AZ POST Certification
  • Applicants MUST be 21 by the time of graduation
  • First semester starts August-December (Fall) and second semester starts January-May (spring)
  • Applicants may be eligible for financial aid
  • Placement test score must be 80+ for Reading and Sentence Skills
  • Academy meets Thursday and Friday 1800-2200, Saturday and every Sunday 0700-1700

View the LETA program page for more information.

Applications are available in the
PSI Building
From April-May
Application Deadline 5/31
For more Information, Please call
(928) 317-6452