Basic Peace Officer Training
(Level I Certificate)


WCJC operates a licensed police academy certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE).  Students who successfully complete the required training are eligible for the state licensing examination to become a licensed peace officer in the State of Texas.

The police academy offers both day and evening classes.  Day classes are held at the Wharton campus: 8:00am-5:00pm Monday through Friday, and complete in approximately 20 weeks.  Evening classes are held at the Richmond campus: 6:00pm-10:00pm Monday through Friday, and complete in approximately 40 weeks.  Students must register for all courses as a semester block - classes may not be taken individually.  A class average of 80% and a minimum grade of 80 on exams are required for successful completion of the Basic Peace Officer Certificate course.  

TESTING:  College Entrance Testing (TSI) is NOT required for entrance into the program.     

Program Cost:

Tuition/Fees In-District $2435
Tuition/Fees Out-District $3506
Psychological Exam  $160
Fingerprints    $40
Physical Exam/drug screen    $90
Uniforms (estimate)  $200
Duty Gear   $250
Books/Supplies  $250
A day class at the Wharton campus is scheduled to begin January 11th, 2021
An evening class at the Richmond campus is scheduled to begin in August 2021
NOTE:  Student registration packets are prepared for each individual academy and will be issued for the requested class upon receipt of the program application.  
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