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POST Modular Academy offered locally

Cerro Coso Community College Chandler Petrovich–

The Cerro Coso Community College is offering a Peace Officers Standards and  Training (POST)-certified Module Level-3 Basic Peace Officer Academy course in Ridgecrest this spring. The 8-week course (ADMJ C142) begins March 1 and is held at Cerro Coso’s main campus on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00-10:30 pm, and Saturdays from 8:00 am-5:30 pm for specific training activities. Cerro Coso’s part-time modular format police academy is state certified by POST and meets the requirements for hire at agencies statewide.

If you are interested in joining the law enforcement profession, but unable to commit to a full-time academy schedule, the POST Modular Academy at Cerro Coso Community College is the perfect solution. A career in law enforcement can be pursued while maintaining a full-time job through this part-time program. Throughout Kern County, the demand for police officers has increased significantly in recent years. 

Most Kern County law enforcement agencies are actively recruiting new candidates to join the force, making now the perfect time to consider a career in law enforcement. As a member of the POST Modular Academy, individuals have the opportunity to contribute to their community and work as a law enforcement professional while continuing to hold their current employment.

The POST Modular Academy curriculum is designed to provide all the necessary training to become a police officer, including use of force, defensive tactics, firearms, and patrol procedures. The program is also POST-approved, which means that upon completion, students will be eligible for peace officer certification in California. Classes are held in the evenings and weekends, providing a flexible schedule that allows students to balance their work and family commitments.

One of the major benefits of the POST Modular Academy is that it allows individuals to maintain their current job while also pursuing a career in law enforcement. As a result, they can maintain a steady income while acquiring the necessary skills and knowledge to become a police officer. A part-time schedule enables participants to balance their work and family commitments, making it a more feasible option for many.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for police officers in the United States is around $62,960 per year. In Kern County, the median salary for a police officer is around $70,000 per year, not including sign-on bonuses, overtime, or educational advancement credits.

If you are interested in joining the law enforcement profession and currently working, the POST Modular Academy at Cerro Coso Community College is an excellent option. The rewards of a career in law enforcement are numerous, including the opportunity to serve the community, make a positive impact, and earn a livable salary. Visit our website at or contact Academy Director, Peter Fulks, at for more information