Police Academy - Basic Peace Officer Certificate

The next night academy starts July 8, 2024.
The application/agility test deadline is May 24, 2024.

The next full-time academy starts July 10, 2024.
The application/agility test deadline is May 24, 2024

Our Law Enforcement Program can bring you closer to a brighter future by preparing you to take the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) peace officer license examination.

The Full-Time Police Academy is a 21-week program and the Part-Time Academy is completed in two semesters and a 12-week minimester. The academy is both academically and physically demanding, with several major exams, skills tests and an exit agility exam.

Update for Mid-Valley students pursuing a career in law enforcement: In July 2024, we will bring the STC Police Academy to the Mid-Valley Campus in Weslaco. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity - submit your application today.

The Police Academy team will be on hand Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. to accept applications, conduct agility tests and address any inquiries regarding the Police Academy.

Police Academy Application Details

Minimum General Requirements

Entry into the Police Academy is governed by the Texas Commission On Law Enforcement (TCOLE) and South Texas College Police Academy program standards. Following admission to South Texas College, the minimum requirements for acceptance into the Police Academy are outlined below:

  • Must be 21 years old
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must have an honorable discharge from the military (if applicable)
  • Must never have been convicted of a Class A Misdemeanor or above
  • Not been convicted of a Class B misdemeanor within the last 10 years
  • Must have a GED or high school diploma
  • Must submit to a urine analysis
  • Must complete a Polygraph exam
  • Must complete a physical fitness exam
  • Must complete comprehensive medical and psychological screenings
  • An application for the police academy also needs to be filled out in addition to the application to South Texas College in order to be considered for the program.


The screening process requires a physical agility test, polygraph examination, psychological screening, medical and drug screening, fingerprint submission for criminal history check and background investigation. There are costs associated with the screenings: polygraph examination $300, psychological screening $275, medical screening $167, and fingerprint submission $10. Financial aid does not cover the costs of the screening or examinations.


You must submit an application to the academy. Upon submission, you will be given the time and location of the physical agility test. Arrive early so that you can check in. Bring your government issued identification card or South Texas College ID card so that we may verify your identity. Once you pass the physical agility test, you will receive information on where to take the polygraph examination, the medical and psychological screenings, and fingerprint submissions.

Academy Application Form

Pre-Acceptance Polygraph Booklet

General Entry Standards Additional Disqualifiers Police Academy Information

Physical Agility Test

The physical agility test consists of rowing 2000 meters on a Concept 2 rowing machine with the resistance set to 5. The time that the applicant will need to complete the test will be determined by using a fitness calculator that the DPS website provides:


Agility Exam Dates:

All agility test will be conducted by appointment after you have submitted the Police Academy application. There is no fee to take the agility test. Please call 956-872-4200 to get more information.

Academy Costs

Refer to Tuition & Fees for details. This does not include the screening fees for the application process. Uniforms and supplies will cost approximately $400. Financial aid covers tuition and books if you qualify. Visit Paying for College for more information about financial aid.

The Police Academy will be open enrollment for those who wish to attend the Police Academy and apply financial aid, G.I. Bill, or other scholarships toward their tuition. For those persons who are currently employed by a state, county, or city law enforcement agency as a full-time peace officer, tuition waivers apply under Texas Education Code 54.208.

As with the Police Academy Program, Texas Peace Officers who are full-time employees are eligible for tuition waivers under Texas Education Code 54.208.

For details on tuition and fees, the cost of attendance or ways to pay for college, please see the following:
Tuition and Fees | Cost of Attendance | Paying for College

Basic Peace Officer Certificate*


Plan of Study Grid
First Semester Credit Hours
CJLE 1506 Basic Peace Officer I 5
CJLE 1512 Basic Peace Officer II 5
  Credit Hours 10
Second Semester
CJLE 1518 Basic Peace Officer III 5
CJLE 1524 Basic Peace Officer IV 5
CJLE 1429 Basic Peace Officer V 4
  Credit Hours 14
  Total Credit Hours 24

*Capstone: Successful completion of comprehensive exam.

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