Law Enforcement Academy

There are three types of academies in Colorado: Basic, Reserve, and Refresher. In order to become POST certified as a Peace Officer in Colorado, an individual must complete the appropriate academy and meet additional requirements.

Law enforcement agencies and academic institutions operate almost 30 POST-approved academies. There are NO online academies. Each academy may establish its own standards for admission that meet or exceed the requirements of POST. Please contact individual academies for specific requirements for admission. Please see below links for a list of current basic, refresher, and reserve academies.


For information about accrediting your POST Academy please go here: IADLEST National Academy Accreditation 


Contact Information

Main POST Contact Number
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For individual academy contacts, please visit the Approved Academies page.

Other Resources

Past Basic Academy Program Requirements

Academy Statistics

POST recognizes that there is a lot to consider when deciding which academy to attend.  To aid you in that decision, we have compiled statistics for each academy concerning their test scores, graduation rates, class size, and total training hours. 

Click to view the Colorado POST Academy Statistics spreadsheet.