About the Academy

Welcome to the Cerro Coso Law Enforcement Academy webpage. We serve from Mammoth Lakes to Bakersfield, CA. Currently we offer POST certified modular police academy, an academic Transfer Degree, and full time intensive POST Police and STC Detentions academies in partnership with the Kern County Sheriff's Office.

All programs earn college credit and can be applied toward a degree.

Students and recruits who complete programs at our academy will be eligible to apply for a variety of law enforcement careers such as a police officer, deputy, reserve, probation or parole officer, and more.

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Upcoming Dates & Classes

TBD Spring 2023
KCSO Detentions Academy
TBD Summer 2023
August 2023
Modular POST Academy

Please check back for upcoming training and academy dates.

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Step 1: Apply to be a Cerro Coso student.

Step 2: Register for ADMJ C140, C142, or C143 (or other applicable course).

Step 3: Academy student packet will follow registration.

Financial Aid, GI Bill, and Promise Grant (free tuition) may be possible.

What Do I Need? What Is Provided?


  • Firearm: Personal semiautomatic handgun (preferably Glock 17, 22, 31).
    Academy provided holster fits the aforementioned handguns. Approximate cost $300 - $700 and three ten round magazines are needed. If you purchase or own a different firearm, it must be of patrol quality and you will be responsible for purchasing your own holster. Additionally, you will need to purchase a training (i.e. blue) gun that matches your firearm.


  • Ballistic vest, patrol bag, duty belt, holster, and all required duty gear (training gun, training taser, etc.), gas mask, ammunition, flash light, baton, range dues, and free electronic textbooks.

We make every effort to cover out of pocket expenses and provide over $5,000 worth of equipment and supplies to each recruit.

Frequently Asked Questions

Approximate total cost per person:

Tuition: $746
*Financial aid, GI Bill, and Promise Grant (free tuition) may be possible.

Uniforms: $200

Firearm: $300 - $700 (must purchase if not currently owned)

Livescan/DOJ Firearms Clearance: (approximately $80)

A modular academy provides you the same certifications as a full time academy, but over extended part-time courses. The schedule is more flexible and each module provides different job opportunities or career advancement. People can exit and return into the program after meeting the modular certificate requirements, whereas a full time intensive academy requires a six month full time commitment. The different options serve different people.

Each modular certificate is valid for three years under POST regulations if not employed.*

*If employed, you remain active

Module III - Arrest and firearms certifications (PC 832), reserve officer level III, security, prisoner transport, park ranger, code enforcement, animal control officer, arson investigator, or federal law enforcement working within the state of California.

Module II - Reserve officer level II certification which allows work as a paid or unpaid reserve officer with police powers on duty (under PC 830.6), parole agent, probation officer, some investigators, transit, harbor, or port officer, and Native American tribal police.

Reserve Peace Officer Program (RPOP). POST Reserve Officer FAQ.

Module I - Eligible to become a full time sworn police officer or deputy within the state of California.

18 years of age for module III. It is possible to be employed as a level III reserve or detention deputy for many local agencies.

You are required to be 21 years old for full time peace officer status, however many local agencies hire reserve officers (levels II and I) at the age of 19.5 or greater. Applicants should be at least 19.5 years of age to enter into the modular II and I programs.

Prospective recruits should be in appropriate physical condition to handle the academy scenario-based training, firearms range courses, arrest and control, and other related physical components a law enforcement officer may face on the job.

Recruits should train to be able to run three miles at a ten minute pace.

Firearms, arrest and control techniques, and scenario based training can be physically demanding.

An additional progressively intensive physical fitness program to mentor prospective recruits (and current level III and II recruits) for a module I academy will be offered in cycles. The reason we add a voluntary mentoring fitness course concurrently is that POST requires 44 hours of physical fitness and the work sample test battery as a component of Module 1, we want our recruits to be prepared and succeed.

No. Certain modules lack the traditional stringent physical components of a full time academy and are the perfect opportunity for existing / aspiring professionals to participate in.

No. The Cerro Coso Law Enforcement Academy is a progressive law enforcement institution that focuses on creating prepared, forward thinking law enforcement professionals by holding recruits to high ethical standards, teaching them self-discipline, accountability, encouraging teamwork every step of the way, while exposing them to experienced instructors and staff, in order to equip them with the necessary tools to be the law enforcement officers that society needs today.