Law Enforcement Licensing
The Minnesota Peace Officer Licensing Certificate Program (certificate program) is geared toward working adults with a variety of academic, work and life experiences with a desire to pursue a law enforcement career in Minnesota at the local, county or state level. It meets all the learning objectives required by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST Board) through a blend of academic, practical and skills based training. The program can be completed in one academic year provided the designated pathway and timeline are followed. One of the requirements for acceptance into the certificate program is having already earned a bachelor's degree in any discipline from a regionally accredited college or university.
Gainful Employment Disclosure
Gainful employment programs are those "that prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." Public institutions are required to report this information for all undergraduate and graduate programs that are Title IV eligible and that lead to certificates, diplomas, graduate certificates or specialist awards. Degree programs at all levels are not considered to be gainful employment programs.
Declare Your Program
To be eligible for acceptance to the Law Enforcement Licensing Certificate program, students must submit an application to the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice before applying for admission to the university. The following must be completed:
- Bachelor's degree (or higher) in any discipline from a regionally accredited college/university
Courses required for your specific program are listed in the right hand column on this page. They include prerequisite, foundation, core and elective courses. Contact your advisor with questions concerning your degree plan.
The certificate program meets all Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) learning objectives.
Students interested in becoming a licensed peace officer in Minnesota should be aware of the following minimum selection standards established by the POST Board. An applicant must:
- be a citizen of the United States;
- possess a valid Minnesota driver's license;
- complete a comprehensive written application;
- never have been convicted of a felony, assault, theft or other convictions as identified by the POST Board Minimum Selection Standards for Licensure (.pdf);
- submit to a thorough background investigation;
- be fingerprinted for a background check;
- undergo an evaluation by a licensed psychologist;
- pass job-related physical strength and agility exams;
- successfully complete an oral exam demonstrating communication skills;
- the applicant must not be required to register as a predatory offender; and
- be license-eligible by completing an associate or bachelor's degree and passing the POST licensing exam.
Detailed, current information regarding the POST minimum selection standards is available on the POST Board website and through the SLC Advising Center.
Note: Emergency Medical Responder is required for the POST exam and must be approved by the Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB).