Basic Police Academies

Fresno City College's Police Academy was established to provide the training necessary for employment as a Peace Officer in California. This program is certified by the State of California via Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST).

Administration of Justice Basic Police Academy Certificate of Achievement (F.8921.CA)

     3. EVOC pursuit training at night

     2. Collision Avoidance driving technique during Basic Academy EVOC training

Application Process:

  1. You can electronically sign up for the POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLET-B by going to our website:


  • Be 18 years of age
  • Valid California Driver's License
  • Have a high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Be in good academic/progress standing with the college (if on academic probation, you must receive clearance from the FCC counseling department)
  • Pass the POST PELLET-B Work Sample Test Battery and Physical Agility Testing
  • Pass a physical examination
  • Obtain a Department of Motor Vehicles printout (after passing the entrance exam)
  • Obtain a Department of Justice clearance for POST training (after passing the entrance exam)

Basic Costs

Basic Fees = $1,107.00

  • Registration ($46.00 per unit at 48 total units) = $2,208.00
  • College Health Fee = $19.00
  • Material Fee = $10.00
  • Parking Fee ($25.00 per semester)
  • Fees are subject to change

Additional Costs

Range from $4,000 to $5,000 plus

Costs include the basic college fees plus the cost of the additional supplies and equipment needed. These additional supplies can vary and be as much as $5,000.00 in addition to the FCC costs. Some of these additional cost are, but not limited to;

  • Gun
  • Ammunition
  • Duty belt
  • Uniforms
  • Books
  • Handcuffs
  • Expandable baton
  • Inert O.C. spray
  • Physical training gear
  • Shooting Range equipment (gun cleaning kit, eye & ear protection)

You may apply for assistance with the cost of the academy by applying for Financial Aid, using a G.I. bill, or other services.

     1. Basic Academy Firearms training at the Range

FCC Police Academy offers four academies a year:

  • 2 Day Academies - January to June and June to December
  • 1 Night Academy - February to December
  • 1 Module I Academy – May to August (you must have successfully completed Modules III & II)

Day Academy

The Day Academies are presented in the Intensive Format. It meets Monday to Friday, 7:45,am to 5:30,pm with some Saturdays and some night sessions. Day Academy last 6-months.

Night Academy

The Night Academy is presented in the Extended Format. It meets Monday to Thursday night, 5:45pm to 10:30pm and Saturday from 7:45,am to 5:30,pm. This academy is attended by those students who work a full or part-time job and need the flexibility of a night academy. Night Academy last 10 months.

Module I Academy

The Module I Academy is the final module in the three Modular Format. A POST profile will be needed to prove completion of Module III and II.

Transferability to Associates of Science (AS) Program

Students completing the academy receive 48 units of credit for AJ 270A and AJ 270B - Basic Police Academy. Those wishing to complete the A.S. Degree program in Criminology may request to waive two courses from Criminology 1, 6, 7, or 12. Waiver forms can be obtained from the Social Sciences Division (SO 123)

Students completing Basic Police Academy obtain 48 college units.

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