Law Enforcement Training Academy


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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.


Field of Interest
Behavioral Science and Human Services
Degree Type
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Academic Plan
Law Enforcement Training Academy (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total credits required
Catalog Year
Effective Term
Fall 2021
Admissions criteria

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


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

AJS coursework for this program is taught by instructors who are certified police officers in the State of Arizona as required by the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training (AzPOST) Board standards. Any AJS coursework that has already been completed but was not taught by a certified police officer with a recognized academy, will not satisfy the requirements of the certificate. Additionally, this Certificate of Completion (CCL) can be awarded to peace officers who complete the AzPOST waiver (lateral transfers) or to out-of-state academies engaged in an Educational Partnership (ESP) or an Educational Service Agreement (ESA) through one of the offering colleges.

This Certificate of Completion (CCL) is offered as an educational partnership at Rio Salado College.
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.

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.

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 wages* for this certificate. 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. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

* Career and wage information provided by Pipeline AZ using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources. Sources

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 FYE101 and FYE103. 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 Number 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 official curriculum documentation for additional details regarding the requirements of this award (

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.