Application Process

Application for a seat in any of our basic police academy classes requires five steps.
Follow the steps listed below and you are well on your way to starting a career in law enforcement.

Candidates for the Basic Academy must be a high school graduate or have passed the General Education Development Test (California Government Code Section 1031(e)). Cadets must be at least 18 years of age for peace officer employment. It is strongly suggested that all cadets reach the age of 21 by the time they graduate from the Academy.

All candidates must have a valid California Driver’s License without restrictions (other than required glasses or contact lenses) at the time of application and throughout the academy. The academy may request proof of drivers license status at anytime. Candidates must obtain a medical clearance from a doctor prior to beginning the Academy (an eye examination is also highly recommended)

STEP 1:Read the information about the basic police academy program on this website. It is important that you select the class that is right for you and your life circumstances. The academy requires a great investment of your time and money. We are committed to your success and want you to make the best choice.

STEP 2:Complete an on-line application for admission to Napa Valley College. All of our basic academy classes are accredited by Napa Valley College and require students to be admitted to the college prior to attending the academy. Completing an application for admission does not require you to attend an academy class. There is no cost or further obligation. You are NOT required to submit transcripts to the office of admissions and records prior to attending the basic police academy. Click here to complete an application for admission to the college.


STEP 3:  California Government Code Section 1030 and 1031(e) require a fingerprint check through the California Department of Justice and F.B.I. to reveal any criminal records.  Applicants may not have any pending misdemeanor or felony actions pending in any jurisdiction within the United States. In addition, applicants must not be the subject of any restraining order issued by any court within the United States and may not be on any form of probation.

Complete a Live Scan fingerprint check and obtain a clearance letter from the California Department of Justice verifying that you have no disqualifying criminal history related to attending the basic police academy (pursuant to section 13511.5 PC). The date on the clearance letter cannot be more than 6 months from the date the academy begins. You must present the original letter at the time you submit your deposit to sign-up for the Basic Police Academy program.  The original letter will be mailed to you.  We do not accept email or faxed versions.   Click here to download the live scan form.

STEP 4: The basic police academy is demanding both academically and physically. Before you invest time and money into this program, the academy wants to be sure you are adequately prepared academically and physically. You may demonstrate academic readiness in one of the following ways. Be prepared to submit copies of degrees and/or transcripts as required.

1. Graduation from high school with a GPA of at least 3.0 with course work that includes completion of math courses above algebra II (calculus or trigonometry) or completion of at least three years of foreign language study

2. Graduation from an accredited college or university with an earned associates degree or higher.

3. Completion of the POST Entry Level Peace Officer Reading and Writing exam with a “T-Score” of at least 40 within 12 months of the academy start date and written documentation of this score on agency letterhead.

In addition to demonstrating academic readiness, you must also pass the academy’s physical agility test.  This test includes running 1.5 miles within 17 minutes, perform 17 push-ups within 1 minute, and perform 25 sit-ups within 1 minute.

Both tests are offered once per month, usually on the second Saturday, for students interested in attending the academy and for those needing a test score for a law enforcement application.  The cost to take one or both tests is $20. The results from the written exam and physical agility test are valid for use to enter a basic academy class for up to 12 months before the start date of an academy class.

Click Here To Register For The Next Academy Entrance Exam

STEP 5:Once you have completed the four steps above AND have met the entrance requirements, you may submit a deposit to reserve a seat in an upcoming class.  You must submit your deposit in person at the Criminal Justice Training Center.  Be sure to bring with you:

1.  Your deposit ($431.00) payable by cash, credit card, or cashier check.
2.  Your original Department of Justice Clearance Letter.
3.  Your valid Drivers License.
4.  Your letter documenting you’ve passed the written exam and physical agility test.  If you are using high school achievement or a college degree in lieu of the written exam, be sure to bring copies of your transcripts.
5. Your Napa Valley College student ID number.

Are you interested in learning more about the police academy before enrolling?  Consider volunteering as a role player for our law enforcement academies.