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:
$20........Health Center Services
$75........Career Center Services
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 August 9, 2021 to December 8, 2021; and January 4, 2022 to May 6, 2022. Classes will run Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Some Saturdays and Sunday classes will be required for firearms, driving, radar, etc. Morning physical condition classes will start at 6:00 am. For further information please contact Commander Roger Deardorff.
Dates for the Pre-PT testing will be May 5, and 19, June 1 and 9, and July 7 and 14. Start times for all days will be 9:00am. You only need to attend one of the testing dates. All candidates need to meet in the first floor lobby of the Public Safety Building 30 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 and background testing.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- IT - Implements Career-Appropriate Technology
To learn more about each of these, click here.
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.
- 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.
Potentialfor 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 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|
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 August 9, 2021. To register, contact Roger Deardorff at Deardorffr@hocking.edu or call (740) 753-6300.