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Academy Coordinator:

 Denise Rist

(530) 895-4304


Cadet Training Officer

Matt Cardinet

(831) 649-2920


Department Contact Information:

Wendy Bocast

(530) 895-2402

(530) 895-2938 FAX


 Download & Print your academy application:

(Academy Application)


Are you ready for the challenges of the academy:

(Self-Assessment for Academy Success)


Take a P.O.S.T. Practice Test:

(Practice Test)


P.O.S.T. Entry Level Examinations Dates:


Pre-Academy 1.5 mile Run and Law Enforcement Academy Orientation:

NOTE:  The POST Exam, PT run, and mandatory orientation are by special arrangement for the 38th Academy only. Please contact this office for more information.


State Park Ranger Academy


38th California State Parks Basic Law Enforcement Academy

November 4, 2013 - April 24, 2014

Applications for the 38th California State Parks Basic Law Enforcement Academy are OPEN. 

Location:  3536 Butte Campus Drive, Oroville, CA 95965

Law Enforcement Academy classes are held in the Allied Health/Public Service Building of the Butte College Main Campus. The campus is located at the geographical center of the communities of Chico, Oroville, and Paradise at the corner of Clark and Durham-Pentz Roads. There is convenient access from Highway 99 and Highway 70.

The Program: Butte College  has been presenting Law Enforcement Academy programs for over thirty years and has graduated over 5,000 students. The program is approved by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.). P.O.S.T. requires law enforcement recruits to receive a minimum of 664 hours of training. Our program exceeds this requirement and offers approximately 900 hours of instruction in the 42 separate topics needed to enter the exciting and rewarding law enforcement career field. safteytraining

Certification: The California State Parks Law Enforcement Academy conforms to standards for certification by P.O.S.T. Upon successful completion of the academy program, the student is eligible to apply for entry-level positions as a law enforcement officer anywhere in the state of California.

Time: Typically, class is held from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Some training sessions are required to be conducted during hours of darkness, so training hours will be adjusted accordingly.

Requirements: You must have a high school diploma from an accredited high school or GED.  Admission to the program requires a minimum college cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0. You will have no felony convictions, or convictions that would prohibit you from possessing a firearm.  You must possess a valid Driver License, without current or recent suspensions. You must P.O.S.T. Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLET-B) exam with a score of 42 or higher, as well as the Pre-Law Enforcement Academy Physical Training Test 1.5 mile run in 15 minutes or less.  You are required to attend a Law Enforcement Academy Orientation and possess a Butte College Student ID number.

Fees: (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) It is estimated that the cost for California residents to attend this course is approximately $5,500.00, including tuition, material fees, driving fees, textbooks, sunsetuniforms, physical training clothing, ammunition, hearing and eye protection, and facility use fees. Not included are living expenses. Weapons and required safety equipment will be furnished during training. Out-of-state students will be charged an additional $200.00 per unit. NOTE: The college has a new fee policy called "7 Days to Pay." For more information:


Academy Entrance Steps:  Application Deadline -

  1. Complete and return the attached "ACADEMY ENROLLMENT APPLICATION."
  2. Call our office, (530) 895-2401, and reserve a slot to take a P.O.S.T. Entrance Examination. Bring a valid form of photo identification to the examination site. See below for additional information.
  3. Call our office, (530) 895-2401, if you are notified that you have passed the P.O.S.T. Entrance Examination and reserve a slot to take the Pre-Law Enforcement Academy Physical Training Test 1.5 mile run. Bring a valid form of photo identification to the examination site.
  4. Attend the Law Enforcement Academy Orientation if you complete the 1.5 mile run in 15 minutes or less.
  5. Possess a Butte College Student ID number.  You will have a Student ID number if you have ever attended a Butte College Class.  If you need to obtain a Butte College Student ID number go to the main page and click on the "Apply Now" link at the bottom of the page.
  6. Specific and detailed instructions will be emailed to each applicant who has successfully completed the entrance examination, has successfully completed the Physical Training Test 1.5 mile run in 15 minutes or less, attended the pre-academy orientation, possesses a Butte College Student ID number, and has been selected to attend the academy.


Entry Level Exam: Each applicant must complete a P.O.S.T. Entry-Level Examination (PELLET-B) consisting of basic language skills. Approximately two and one-half hours are allowed for the examination. Examinations are normally offered two times prior to the start of each academy. Applicants can take the examination at any facility in California offering the PELLET-B as long as the results are submitted on agency letterhead.  Applicants are encouraged to take the test more than once, since the highest score is used to determine entrance eligibility. Be aware that when you take the P.O.S.T. Entry-Level Examination you must wait one month before you can retake the test.  Examination results take approximately 10 working days.  P.O.S.T. Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLET-B) examination scores will be accepted from other agencies if the results are documented on agency letterhead.  NOTE:  Testing space is limited.  The first 150 to contact this office will be accepted for each testing date.  Location of Academy Testing


Pre-Academy 1.5 mile Run

Law Enforcement Academy Orientation

PLEASE NOTE: The above requirements (POST exam, PT run, Orientation) will be arranged by special appointment for the 38th State Parks Academy only. Please contact this office for arrangements.

To take a sample entry-level examination go to the left side of this page and select "Practice P.O.S.T. Exam."

 If you have a learning disability, you should contact Disabled Student Services at (530) 895-2455, prior to scheduling the Entry Level Test, so that we can accommodate your special needs. Any special accommodations must be arranged and this office notified of the special arrangements prior to the test date.

Pre-Law Enforcement Academy Physical Training Test: Each applicant who has successfully passed the P.O.S.T. Entrance Examination with a score of 42 or higher will be required to take and successfully complete the Pre-Law Enforcement Academy Physical Training Test 1.5 mile run. You must successfully complete the run in 15 minutes or less to be considered for entrance into the Law Enforcement Academy. The test will be administered two-weeks after the P.O.S.T. Entrance Examination.

You MUST call ahead of time to reserve a slot to take the PT test by calling (530) 895-2401. If your name is NOT on the list, you may be refused admittance to the test.

The testing will begin PROMPTLY at the time listed. Late arrivals will not be accepted. A valid form of photo identification will be required for admittance.

Orientation: Applicants successfully completing the pre-academy 1.5 mile run in 15 minutes or less are required to attend a pre-academy orientation which will be presented immediately following the 1.5 mile run.  During the two-hour presentation we will provide an overview of what will be expected of you physically, mentally, and academically to ensure that you are informed and prepared for a successful experience in the academy program.  Questions are encouraged during the orientation.  Family members are welcome to attend.

Units: Upon successful completion of the program, the student will receive 35 semester units.

Uniforms: All participants will be required to wear the Butte College Law Enforcement Academy uniform. Details will be provided to those who are accepted into the academy program.

Required Equipment: Academy recruits are required to have a laptop computer. Computer must have WiFi capabilities, be able to open PDF's, and have some type of note taking program.

Financial Aid: The Butte College Financial Aid office can be reached at (530) 895-2311, and the college's Veterans Office can be reached by calling (530) 895-2566. Financial assistance may be available to qualified students. A Guide to Financial Aid for the Law Academy.  Please apply for grants and loans as soon as possible.  For more information and to apply:

Housing: There is no housing on campus. Neighboring Chico and Oroville communities are approximately a 20-minute commute from the campus. There is ample rental housing in these communities.

Information: Please call our office at (530) 895-2402 between 8am and 5pm, Monday through Thursday.


Butte College | 3536 Butte Campus Drive, Oroville CA 95965 | General Information 530.895.2511

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