Course Information

One of the largest programs at the Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center is the Regular Basic Course (Basic Peace Officer Training Academy). Each year, more than 300 graduates advance to careers at city, county, and state agencies.

The Basic Peace Officer Training Academy was established in 1953. The Academy serves 11 counties in Southern California. Candidates in the program receive practical and technical instruction to meet the requirements of various law enforcement agencies at the local, state, and federal level. The academy covers 952 hours of instructions and is certified the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.).

Classes provide training geared toward individuals who have already been hired by a law enforcement agency (sponsored students) and people interested in a law enforcement career (non-sponsored students). To accommodate the different needs and schedules of these students, MVC offers two academy programs: Intensive & Modular.

California Community Colleges requires that a student be a resident of California for one year and a day prior to registering for classes.  If you do not meet this requirement, you could be subject to out of state fees.  Please feel free to contact our Admissions Office for specific details (951) 571-6370.

Course Dates

Academy dates are subject to change.

Dates are updated frequently. If no future date is listed, email with your name and preferred phone number and email to be notified as soon as class dates are available.

  • Basic Peace Officer Academy 212:
    • March 9 – August 31, 2021. Submit applications by February 9.
  • Basic Peace Officer Academy 213:
    • September 14, 2021 – March 10, 2022. Submit applications by August 14.

Agency Sponsored Enrollment

Any agencies seeking to enroll recruits need to contact Sergeant Ramos at (951) 486-2745 or email Agency-sponsored recruits do not need to complete the requirements listed below.

Under Cal/OSHA Title 8 Section 3395, all outside agencies are required to provide heat illness prevention training to their employees, and completion of such training is a prerequisite for agency recruits.

Notice: The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is hiring Deputy Sheriff Trainee personnel; these new hires will be attending the intensive academies in the next couple of years. As a result of these hiring increases, the process for self-sponsor candidates will be changing and the number of positions allowed for self-sponsored may be reduced. If you are thinking of applying for the intensive academy, please contact Kristy Paine prior to completing the process. She can be reached via email at or (951) 571-6192.


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Required Steps for applying to Basic Law Enforcement Academies

At this point your contact is:

Pre-Application Contact
Kristy Paine
Location Moreno Valley College – Ben Clark Training Center
Phone (951) 571-6192

1. Read the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) minimum standards before proceeding with the steps 2 through 7.

Print out this document. Read each requirement carefully and place your initials to the left of the number. By placing your initials here, you are indicating that you meet the requirement. After you have met all the requirements here, sign your name and print it legibly below the signature. Date the document. You will need to attach this to the package you submit.

Please visit the POST website to view additional information about Peace officer selection process.

2. Apply to Moreno Valley College pdf

Contact Financial Aid if you desire, make sure you have filed your FAFSA first. Your FAFSA must be filed for the correct academic year in which your class takes place.

Contact Financial Aid
Phone: (951) 571-6139
Contact Veterans Services, if applicable.
Phone: (951) 571-6247

3. Student must show comprehension of basic level reading and writing.

  1. Option 1– Take college assessment and place into a minimum of English 1A or show proof of having taken an assessment (English and Reading) at another institution with placement in MVC  college catalog equivalent course or above.  Students can schedule the assessment by:
  2. Option 2-Provide proof of successfully completing ENG-50 (Basic English Composition) and REA-82 (Reading Level II) at Moreno Valley College, Riverside City College or Norco College or the equivalent of those classes at a different college.
  3. Option 3- Provide proof of college degree (Associate’s or higher) from an accredited institution.
  4. Option 4- Provide proof of having taken the POST Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) with T-score of 40 or above. The score must be within the preceding 12 months of the class start date. Please submit the T-score letter the agency sent you.


A. Personal History Statement

Be sure to save as you go, so you don’t lose any of your work. As this is an extensive document, printing it out and penciling in the answers before transcribing may be the safest bet.

When you are done, print out two copies: one for your records and one to submit.

B. DOJ Clearance Letter.

Complete the Live Scan Fingerprint application process and you will need to submit the DOJ firearms clearance letter that will be sent to you 1-2 weeks later. The letter must be dated within 6 months of the start date of the academy.

See locations for Live Scan in the Riverside/San Bernardino County areas.

****Note: prices can be increased by DOJ at any time and the rolling fee for the agency can vary. Also, dates and time may change. Make sure to read the top of the page with other documents you must take with you. I would suggest, when you make the appt. you make sure what payment methods they accept: cash, check, credit card.

C. Medical Clearance.

Complete and submit a medical physical examination. You can visit your own physician or a local clinic. Current college students may visit the Health Services Office. See Medical forms/documents.

View additional locations for medical exams in the Riverside/San Bernardino County areas.

Note: prices are subject to change and are approximated. When you make the appointment, make sure of the cost and methods of payment.

D. DMV printout

Obtain a printout of your driving record. You can either print it from the DMV website or visit your local DMV office. Again, this printout must also be dated within the preceding 6 months of the start date of the academy.

E. Submit a photocopy of the following:

  • Current Driver’s License
  • Current Vehicle Registration
  • Current Vehicle Insurance card
  • Medical card (if you have one)

In regard to the vehicle registration and insurance, submit the documents for the vehicle(s) that you will be driving throughout the academy.

When you have everything you will put the documents in the following order:

  • Application Coversheet
  • Attachment 1 (Peace Officer Selection Requirements)
  • Accuplacer results (or proof of other option)
  • Personal History Statement
  • DOJ Clearance Letter
  • Medical Clearance
  • DMV Print out
  • Photocopies of all documents requested in section E (above)

Upon completion of your packet, contact your post-application contact for submission and interview:

Post-Application Contact
Sgt. Ramos
Phone (951) 486-2745

5. Physical Agility Test.

You will be contacted by someone at the academy to schedule your Physical Fitness Assessment. This test consists of a 1.5 mile run, sit ups and pushups.

6. Selection/Non-selection

A final decision will be made and you will receive a letter of selection or non-selection from Moreno Valley College. If you are accepted, the letter will provide the next steps in this process. Just because you turn in every document, does NOT mean that you will be selected to continue in the process or into the academy.

    • A selection letter will inform you that you have been selected and provide the start date and ending date of your academy, and the date and time for the orientation. It is very important for you to attend this orientation.
    • A non-selection letter will inform you that you were not selected for the current academy.

    All questions about non-selection will be directed to Sgt. Ramos.

7. Print your “College Application” confirmation page and bring it to the first day of class. You DO NOT enroll in the class; our admissions staff will enroll you the first day.