Colorado Peace Officer Certification

Colorado Peace Officer Certification

Peace officer certification is obtained by attending a basic training academy and passing the state certification exam. There are several private academies and community colleges offering training. Academy training includes a minimum of 435 hours of academic and skills training.

Persons who are certified peace officers with experience in other states may be eligible to receive certification in Colorado without completing a full basic academy. This requires successful completion of the certification examination and meeting POST standards for skills training.


To be eligible to apply for patrol deputy with the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, applicants must have current certification, or a scheduled certification date. An offer of employment will not be made for patrol deputy until basic certification is received.

The Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board is responsible for issuance of certification. For information on the requirements and process 303-866-5692, or visit their web site at Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (POST)

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