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Ohio Peace Officer Basic Certificate

Ohio Peace Officer Basic Certificate


Key Program Features: Real-world experience, small class sizes, hands-on learning, professional opportunities, and an engaging faculty.

The Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (O.P.O.T.A.) certification is one of the most popular Hocking College certificate programs and can be earned in just one semester. Join our graduates who earn O.P.O.T.A. certification and are immediately eligible for full-time employment.

Apply direct, hands-on practice in our unique classrooms, including our crime lab, firing range and police cruisers. With experienced, certified instructors and hands-on application, our students consistently achieve passing rates on the state-certified exam.IMG1932845705 

Things to Know About this Certificate Program

This certificate program requires 100% participation and includes some night, evening, and weekend courses. In order to begin this program, students must complete a Pre-PT test, a background check, and a drug test. In order to move forward in their careers, students must also pass a State Test following the completion of the program.

Students will not be able to become a Peace Officer until they are at least 21 years of age and they must be able to pass regular drug screenings. 

Academies are held twice a year. The Fall Semester Police Academy will be held on August 12, 2019 and registration opens on May 15, 2019.

Interested in registering for the Fall 2019 Police Academy? Click here to see the requirements hee.

Build onto your Certification Program with Hocking College

Interested in an associate degree? After successfully completing Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy certification, not only are you employable, you have earned credits toward completing Hocking College’s Police Science associate degree in only three more semesters.

How about a bachelor’s degree? After you earn your associate degree you can continue your education in a bachelor degree program through our articulation agreements with other colleges in Ohio including Ohio University, Franklin University, and the University of Cincinnati, as well as across the country. 

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Frequently Asked Questions About This Program

Classes are held from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm three days a week, and 8:30 am to 5:00 pm the other two days.  The exact days depend on the day we have subject control.

Family physical, urgent care or clinic.  The person that conducts the exam has to be a MD., DO, PA, or CNP. 

In the packet that will be provided to you after completion of the pre-entrance physical conditioning test is a detailed letter explaining what you are required to purchase.

Our police academy is one semester long, and normally starts one week prior to other classes.  There are 2 to three weekend classes for such classes as firearms, driving, and traffic stops.  We will not be running a summer academy due to the shorter semester.

The next Police Academy will begin on August 12, 2019. Registration begins on May 15, 2019. To register, contact Roger Deardorff at Deardorffr@hocking.edu or call (740) 753-6300.
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2018 - 2019 Occupational Certificate in Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy

Hocking College Reserves the right to modify curricular requirements, to change course content, and change course fees at any time.

This certificate program requires 100% participation and includes some night, evening, and weekend courses.

In order to begin this program, students must complete a Pre-PT test. Students will not be able to become a Peace Officer until they are at least 21 years of age.

  COURSE NO. FIRST SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  PSCI-2255 Peace Officer Basic Academy 25.00 15.00 18.00 $3,100.00
    Totals 25.00 15.00 18.00 $3,100.00
Peace Officer Basic Academy Course Hours: 25.00 Lab Hours: 15.00 Cost: $3,100.00

(The pricing above is for course fees only. The total cost of the academy is approximately $6,394.)

Additional Resources

Ohio Peace Officer CertificateA Career as a Peace Officer Does
Not Promise a Peaceful Workday

Students with a Ohio Peace Officer Certificate from Hocking College have found numerous careers in local, state, and federal law enforcement.

It is important to note that students will not be able to become an Ohio Peace Officer until they are at least 18 years of age and they must be able to pass regular drug screenings.

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Forms and Program Information

Program & Course Fees

Physical Fitness Assessment Form



Student Learning Outcomes 

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are statements of what a student will be able to do when they have completed a program. They represent the knowledge and skills a program has determined are most important for students to gain from that program and include both the Success Skills (institutional outcomes) and Program Outcomes. SLOs are specific and measurable so the program can accurately assess the degree to which students have achieved each outcome, and they align with college and institution mission and values. Data on the achievement of SLOs is used to make improvements in the program and increase student success. 

Success Skills

  • CE - Communicates Effectively
  • PA - Maintains Professional Skills and Attitudes
  • CT - Demonstrates Learning Critical Thinking, and Problem Solving Skills
  • ET - Maintains a Code of Ethics
  • HR - Practices Human Relations Skills
  • MS - Demonstrates Math Skills
  • GA - Demonstrates Community, Cultural and Global Awareness
  • IT - Implements Career-Appropriate Technology

To learn more about each of these, click here.

Program Outcomes

The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Ohio Peace Officer Basic Certificate:

  • Students will learn about the crime lab, firing range, and police cruisers.

Retention Rates

Retention rates are determined by the office of Institutional Research utilizing the following criteria:
  • All registered fall/autumn students with registration status for the following fall/autumn.
  • Excludes special populations - College Credit Plus, Non Degree, Online Military and University Center.
  • Potential for upcoming fall/autumn excludes graduates from that fall/autumn, spring and summer terms.
Academic Year Retention Rate
2016 - 2017 41%
2015 - 2016 51%
2014 - 2015 42%

2017 - 2018 Retention Rate: N/A

2016 - 2017 Retention Rate: N/A

2015 - 2016 Retention Rate: N/A

2014 - 2015 Retention Rate: N/A

2013 - 2014 Retention Rate: N/A


Graduation Rates 

Graduation rates are determined by the office of Institutional Research. To ensure appropriate time for data collection, this report will be run and posted annually in the last week of September for the previous academic year. It should be noted that annual graduation rates may change as students continue to graduate. The following criteria will be utilized for the calculation of graduation rates:

  • Overall Program Completion Rate is defined as a percentage of the ratio: 

    All graduates of the program
    All students with the program in their history of programs of study

  • For the purposes of reporting, the program completion rates are aggregated by academic year of entry.
  • A student is considered to have completed or graduated from a program or certificate by virtue of having been awarded the degree or certificate.
  • A student is considered to be undertaking activity in a program of study for the duration of time that they are in an active status in a program or certificate. This is defined by having a Program of Study with a status of ‘A’ during the duration of time they are taking coursework.  Should a student move in and out of active status in a program of study while continuing to take coursework, we only take into account the student’s activity while the program has an active status for that particular program of study.
Academic Year Graduation Rate
2017 87%
2016 89%
2015 92%

2017 - 2018 Graduation Rate: N/A

2016 - 2017 Graduation Rate: N/A

2015 - 2016 Graduation Rate: N/A


2017 - 2018 Employment Rate: N/A

2016 - 2017 Employment Rate: N/A

2015 - 2016 Employment Rate: N/A

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