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Law Enforcement Training Academy

Attention: This program is offered through an educational partnership. Employment by the partnership organization is required for admission.

This award is not eligible for Financial Aid

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Law Enforcement Training Academy is designed for students wishing to pursue a career as a law enforcement officer. The student will develop skills in eight functional areas: Introduction to Law Enforcement, Law and Legal Matters, Patrol Procedures, Traffic Control, Crime Scene Management, Community and Police Relations, Report Writing, and Police Proficiency Skills. At the conclusion of this program the student will have completed all requirements of the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training (AzPOST) Board standards established to certify police officers in the State of Arizona.


Details iconImportant information you’ll need when applying for admission:
Field of Interest
Behavioral Science and Human Services
Academic Plan
Law Enforcement Training Academy (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total Credits Required
Catalog Year
Effective term
Fall 2021

This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.
Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

AZPOST regulations require AZPOST recognized instructors teach all coursework within this certificate and that this coursework follow lesson plans approved by AZPOST. Any AJS coursework that has already been completed, and was not taught by an AZPOST recognized instructor, will not satisfy the requirements of this certificate.

This Certificate of Completion (CCL) is offered as an educational partnership at Rio Salado College. Students are advised to meet with the program director, chair and/or faculty advisor. This Certificate of Completion is offered as a closed academy program at Chandler Gilbert Community College and Glendale Community College. Students at these colleges are advised to meet with the program director, chair and/or faculty advisor.

This program replaces:
CCL/5385 Law Enforcement Technology
CCL/5485 Law Enforcement Training Academy
CCL/5758N Law Enforcement Technology Academy

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Practice professional standards of policing.
  2. Apply the principles and processes of law and legal matters to policing.
  3. Apply principles of patrol procedures to maintain best practices of contemporary policing.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in conducting practical investigations in traffic collisions, traffic direction, and impaired driver cases.
  5. Apply principles of law and best practices to criminal investigations and crime scene management.
  6. Collaborate with others to establish shared vision and effective relationships.
  7. Engage in appropriate interactions.
  8. Apply aspects of mental and physical conditioning for personal safety in law enforcement activities.
  9. Synthesize relevant sources of information to prepare comprehensive police reports.
  10. Demonstrate the police proficiency skills that meet the standards set forth by the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board.
  11. Communicate orally, visually and in writing precisely, appropriately, and effectively to varied audiences.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Admission Criteria

Must meet AzPOST minimum requirements for a law enforcement officer and meet any physical requirements by the Academy Director.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
See Program director/chair/advisor Meet with the program director, chair and/or faculty advisor. Offered as an educational partnership

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

This certificate is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Law Enforcement Training Academy (

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog YearEffective Dates
2020-20215/26/2020 – 5/24/2021