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Ohio Peace Officer Basic Certificate

Ohio Peace Officer Basic Certificate Description

The Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) certification is one of the most popular Hocking College certificate programs and can be earned in just one semester. Join our graduates who earn OPOTA 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.

Hocking College offers all-inclusive pricing and works with students to assure they have complete college funding, including financial aid, before they start classes. Please reference the course curriculum tab for program costs.

All-inclusive pricing includes the following:


$300......Learning Fee

$20........Health Center Services

$75........Career Center Services



$275....Smart Start*

Pricing for housing and meal plans can be found here.

*Recommended for all first-year college students.

Hocking College Public Safety Services will be hosting an OPOTC approved academy class running from January 5, 2023 to May 11, 2023. Classes will run Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Some Saturdays and Sunday classes will be required for firearms, driving, radar, etc. Morning physical condition classes will start at 6:00 a.m. three days a week. For further information please contact Commander Roger Deardorff.

Dates for the Pre-PT testing will be October 18, and 25, November 29, and December 6 at 9:00 a.m. All candidates need to meet in the 2nd floor lobby of the Public Safety Building 15 minutes prior to start time. 


Following the successful completion of the Pre-PT testing, candidates will be directed to the Hocking Wellness Center and Police Department to finish medical, background testing, and registration. Please allow 4 hours for this process. Bring a current copy of your drivers license, Hocking College student number, and student email address. 


Fall semester academy will start on August 6, 2023.



A Career as a Peace Officer Does Not Promise a Peaceful Workday

Students with an 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 old, and they must pass regular drug screenings.

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Public Disclosure of Licensure

Hocking College offers courses, associate degree and certificate programs that may lead to professional licensure and/or certification. Successful completion of the programs listed on this page may potentially lead to professional licensure, registration or certification. Licensure, registration or certification may be global, national, or state-specific. This meets the requirements for the State of Ohio. Requirements for other states may vary. If you currently live in a state other than Ohio or intend to move to a state other than Ohio and use the education completed at Hocking College to sit for such an exam, be aware there may be additional requirements. Please contact the appropriate administering body and/or the college contact for the program to discuss your intentions.

Ohio Peace Office Licensure Disclosure

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. 

Hocking College Institutional Learning Outcomes

1) Demonstrate sound critical thinking, information literacy and technological competency in the production of academic writing and presentations

2) Apply the methods of mathematical, statistical or analytical reasoning to critically evaluate data, solve problems and effectively communicate findings.

3) Demonstrate an awareness of the social, political and economic forces which shape individuals, institutions and communities in the modern world.

4)Understand social justice and the diversities and complexities of the cultural and social world past and present and come to an informed sense of self and others.

5)Demonstrate a foundation of knowledge in the natural sciences based on theory and laboratory skills.

6) Cultivate ethical values, personal wellness and personal learning strategies in the development of the whole person, mind, body and spirit.

7) Integrate content material to application in the workforce and apply discipline specific knowledge and skills to successfully transfer or effectively meet the expectations of internships, workplace, volunteerism and/or entrepreneurship endeavors.

8) Utilize the ethical and professional application of current information technology and tools effectively.

Program Outcomes

Meet the educational standards set forth by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission in Ohio Administrative Code 109:2-1-16:

  • 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%


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
2018 81%
2019 82%
2020 81%

What are the times of the academy classes?

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.

Where can I obtain my medical physical?

The medical physical is provided by the Hocking College Wellness Center. 

Where can I obtain my required uniforms not provided by the school?

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.

Is your academy a full-time academy and how long is it?

Our police academy is one semester-long and normally starts one week prior to other classes.  There are 5 to 6-weekend classes for such classes as firearms, driving, and traffic stops.  We will not be running a summer academy due to the shorter semester.

When is the next academy?

The next Police Academy will begin on January 5, 2023 for spring semester and August 6, 2023 for fall semester. To register, contact Roger Deardorff at Deardorffr@hocking.edu or call (740) 753-6300.

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