To be eligible for appointment as a peace officer, an applicant must first be certified by the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board. Please note that students in training to be law enforcement officers and those whose certification is no longer current are ineligible to serve as police officers in the state of Colorado.

By law, a person must pass a certification examination administered by the POST Board, a physical and psychological examination, and a background check before he or she may serve as a peace officer in Colorado.  You must also attend an academy, which is either an agency academy or one run through a community college.  Academies generally run from August-December or January-May/June.  There is no ONLINE academy.  There are part-time academies, which are useful for those working a full time job.  For a list of academies click on this link

There are three types of certification in Colorado, Basic POST Certification,  Provisional Certification, for those officers that are coming from out of state, and Reserve Certification. Basic POST certification is achieved by attending a basic law enforcement training academy.  A list of our approved academies are listed here.  At the bottom that approved academies page has Reserve Academies. 

Your certification will lapse three years after employment ends.  Working as a Reserve Officer will keep your certification active. 


Please note that the Conditional Authority Certification has been abolished.

Basic POST Certification

Provisional/Out-Of-State Peace Officer Applicants

Certification Renewal Process


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