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Law Enforcement Exams

Credit by Examination in Law Enforcement Technology is available to current or former full authority, certified Law Enforcement Officers who are interested in earning college credit for their academy training. The program consists of seventeen written examinations, which test your knowledge of the course competencies.


  • Individuals who have graduated from a certified academy, state licensed/certified police academy or have been licensed/certified as a peace officer by a state.


  • $84 per credit hour** fee that is paid on the day of the test. 
  • The contract rate for college education partners is $42 per credit hour. See if you are eligible for the contract rate.
  • Fees are non-refundable after the exams have been administered. All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Process for Applicants Inside Maricopa County, AZ

  • Complete an Exam Application Form and present it along with your proof of certification/graduation (copy of Academy Certificate, POST Certification or Graduation Diploma) and payment at the Tempe Testing Center.
  • Testing is available on a walk-in basis at our Tempe Testing Center.
  • You must present a current and valid photo I.D.
  • Cashier's checks and money orders made payable to Rio Salado Community College are required when the cashier's office is not available to process payment.

Process for Applicants Outside Maricopa County, AZ


  • Law Enforcement personnel may attempt to earn up to 39 credits through the Credit by Examination process and apply them toward the requirements for the Law Enforcement Technology Degree program..
  • These 39 credits constitute the required courses needed for the Certificate of Completion in Law Enforcement Technology. These credits represent 39 of the 64 credits needed for an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Law Enforcement Technology.
  • Only grades of A, B, C or D earned as a result of this examination will be recorded on the student’s academic record, however D grades will not be applicable toward the Law Enforcement Technology Certificate or degree requirements.
  • Students may NOT receive credit through the examination process for courses in which they have already received college credit.
  • Credit earned through Credit by Examination is transferable within the Maricopa Community Colleges. It is strongly recommended that you check with your local college or university regarding credit transferability prior to registering for the exams.
  • Individuals must be a former or current Rio Salado student to receive credit.

Tests Available

  • LET 100 - Introduction to Law Enforcement Technology - 1 credit
  • LET 102 - Criminal Investigations - 4 credits
  • LET 106 - Patrol Procedures - 2 credits
  • LET 109 - Criminal Law - 2 credits
  • LET 111* - Tactical Driving - 2 credits
  • LET 119 - Community Relations - 1 credit
  • LET 125 - Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement - 2 credits
  • LET 127* - Field Problems - 2 credits
  • LET 143 - Physical Conditioning and Wellness - 3 credits
  • LET 145 - Arrest/Defense Tactics - 5 credits
  • LET 150*♦ - Firearms I - 3 credits
  • LET 151*♦ - Firearms II Lab / 2 credits
  • LET 156 - First Aid - 2 credits
  • LET 190 - Human Communications & Relations - 1 credit
  • LET 202* - Traffic Procedures - 2 credits
  • LET 203* - Report Writing - 2 credits
  • LET 211 - Criminalistics-  2 credits
  • LET 223 - Search and Seizure - 1 credit

*These tests cover topics that have demonstrated competencies that need to be measured. An evaluation form will be sent to your Chief Administrator. She/he will assign an appropriate assessing authority to complete this evaluation. This evaluation will be sealed and returned to Rio Salado Testing Center. Final grades will NOT be credited until this evaluation has been returned. The exams contain twenty-five questions instead of forty, thus the evaluation is worth 37.5% of your overall grade.

**Please see the Tuition and Fees page for more details.

♦ LET 150 and LET 151 grade will be the average of the written test and evaluation. This score will be recorded for both LET 150 and LET 151.

List of Resource Materials and Exam Study Guides

For more information on the Associate of Applied Science Degree program from Rio Salado or the Bachelors of Arts Degree program from Ottawa University, please contact an academic advisor at (480) 517-8580 or