Basic Peace Officer Training
(Level I Certificate)


WCJC operates a licensed police academy certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE).  Students who successfully complete the required training are eligible for the state licensing examination to become a licensed peace officer in the State of Texas.

The police academy offers both day and evening classes.  Day classes are held at the Wharton campus: 8:00am-5:00pm Monday through Friday.  Evening classes are held at the Richmond campus: 6:00pm-10:00pm Monday through Friday.  Students must register for all courses as a semester block; courses may not be taken individually. 

A class average of 80% and a minimum grade of 80 on exams are required to successfully complete the Basic Peace Officer Certificate course.  

Applicants must apply and meet all admission requirements to Wharton County Junior College.

TESTING:  College Entrance Testing (TSI) is NOT required for entrance into the program.     

Program Cost:
Tuition/Fees (In-District)
Tuition/Fees (Out-District)
Psychological Exam
Physical Exam/drug screen
Uniforms (estimate)
Duty Gear 
Day Class - scheduled to begin January 9th, 2023 at the Wharton campus
*Completed academy packet submission will be DUE by December 9th.
Interested individuals must please submit a program application directly to the Police Academy office to be considered for the requested class. Once prepared, a detailed course registration packet will be issued for the requested class.  
NOTE: There are many things required for acceptance.  Please allow yourself plenty of time for completion to meet deadlines.
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