Law Enforcement Academy Certificate

Continuing Education (Fast Track)




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These courses are not stand-alone classes and may only be taken by students approved and registered for the Basic Peace Officer Academy.  A certificate is awarded following the successful completion of all five courses in the program.


Program Details

The Basic Peace Officer Course provides the skills and competencies that will equip the student for a career as a law enforcement officer. Participants receive classroom instruction designed to prepare each student for the state licensing examination and engage in hands-on training to learn the skills applicable to police work. This course meets Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) requirements for Course #1000736. Students successfully completing the course will be eligible to take the state licensing exam for peace officer. After passing the licensing exam, students are eligible to be employed as a peace officer in Texas.

Eligibility for this program exceeds general college rules for enrollment. Students must be 21 years of age, have a valid driver's license, be a U.S. citizen, and have a high school diploma or GED. Students must also submit to a criminal background check, physical examination, psychological assessment, and drug screening.  A more detailed listing of state mandated requirements for peace officer licensing can be found in the Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 217.1

Successful completion of the police academy requires passing the academic, skills training (driving, firearms, defensive tactics, etc.), and physical fitness components of the course. 

Tuition and Fees

Program Cost: $4,725.

Additional Costs: Uniforms: $300, Fingerprinting/Background Check: $40, Driving Record: $36, Physical and Drug Screen: $125, Psychological Exam: $160
(note: Additional costs are estimates, prices subject to change).

All prospective students must attend an information session prior to enrolling in the course!  The information sessions are typically held two months prior to the start date of the course to allow time for applicant processing and determination of program eligibility. 

Information Sessions

For the Full-Time Basic Peace Officer Academy starting on June 3, 2024: Date: Monday, March 4, 2024 Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Location: Lone Star College - East Aldine Center 2430 Aldine Mail Route, Houston, TX 77039 Room #109 Date: Thursday, March 7, 2024 Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Location: Lone Star College - East Aldine Center 2430 Aldine Mail Route, Houston, TX 77039 Room #109

Students can register for an information session by contacting LSC-LEA@lonestar.edu .


Class Schedule Basic Peace Officer I-V

(Full-time) 10/9/2023 - 4/18/2024

7:15 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. (Monday-Thursday)
(Full-time) 2/12/2024 - 8/15/2024 7:15 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. (Monday - Thursday)
(Full-time) 6/3/2024 - 12/3/2024 7:15 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. (Monday - Thursday)

For questions or additional information, please contact the Law Enforcement Academy at LSC-LEA@LoneStar.edu

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