Am I too old to apply?

No one is too old! However, you must pass the fitness exam, as well as, all of the other required assessments and tests as listed on the Law Enforcement Information Sheet and Application.

Are the additional costs above tuition?

There is cost to the student for the hearing, eye, vision, and medical exams. Students are required to purchase a classroom uniform, sweats, and a t-shirt and shorts for fitness and defensive tactics training. Student fees are estimated at approximately $300.

Can I still work while in the program?

Students have found it difficult to hold a full-time (32-40 hour/wk) position and attend the program due to scheduling issues and hours spent on coursework. However, it is up to you whether or not you choose to work.


Can I take various LE classes when it is convenient for me?

No. The program is set up in a very specific manner. It is all or nothing.

Do I have to go to the POST Academy upon completion of the CWI LE Program?

Generally with certification through CWI, agencies that hire graduates do not need to send that person to the academy because they are POST certifiable. It is at the agency’s discretion.

For more information contact:

LeRoy Forsman - Law Enforcement Program Director, College of Western Idaho at 208.562.2614 or email

How do credits transfer to the semester system from a quarter system?

If you transfer credit from an institution that operates on a quarter credit system, your credit hours will be converted to semester credits. For example, a three-credit course on the quarter system will transfer as two credits to a semester system. If a course has...

How do I get certified in the State of Idaho?

There are three options to get certified.

  1. Become employed by an agency and be sent to the academy by that agency.
  2. Self-sponsor through POST.
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How do I learn more about the Law Enforcement Program at CWI?

Attend a Law Enforcement Information Session.

How long is the Law Enforcement program?

The Law Enforcement certificate program is 2 semesters in length.  This is the minimum requirement to challenge the POST tests.

The student may continue with 16 specific general education credits and 27 specific criminal justice credits to complete an Associate of Applied Science...