Students in this program have found it difficult to hold a full-time job (32 – 40 hours/week) due to scheduling conflicts and coursework.
Previous associate or bachelor's degrees will not give you preference in the competitive entry process.
A dismissal from military service or a bad conduct, dishonorable, or administrative discharge, other than honorable from military service, will disqualify an applicant. The administrative discharge of “general under honorable conditions” may additionally be grounds for rejection.
For continued progression in the program, a minimum of 75% or above is required in each theory course and a pass in each lab and/or practicum course. Students without passing grades may not move on to the next semester of the program.
During your in-person interview with Law Enforcement program staff, you will have the opportunity to discuss:
your career goals
the application process
Following the interview, qualified candidates will move forward with the application process.
5. Take the Entrance Exam
Applicants who successfully complete the interview will be asked to take the National Police Officer Selection Test. This entry-level skills test will verify the candidate's basic cognitive skills necessary for training and a career in law enforcement including:
The test is taken in-person at the Canyon County Center and will take approximately 1 1/2 hours to complete. Applicants must score a 70% or higher on the test to move on to the next step.
6. Complete Application Packet & Background Check
Applicants who successfully pass the entrance exam will be given an application packet.
Upon submission of the application packet, applicants will undergo an extensive, in-depth background check to review their:
... and more
7. Take a Polygraph Exam
Applicants who pass the background check will then take a polygraph exam.
Polygraph exams are administered in Boise and take 1 – 3 hours.
A personal history packet will be emailed to each applicant which must be completed and taken to the appointment.
8. Apply to POST & Begin Training
Applicants who successfully complete Steps 2 – 7 are then ready to complete the Idaho POST application online and begin the Law Enforcement program.
The majority of training is completed at the College's Canyon County Center, with occasional off-site training at various community locations. Students should plan to be available:
Monday – Thursday from 0715 to 1630
occasional Fridays and weekends
Students will engage in civil service projects throughout the program including Shop With a Cop, highway clean up, community service, and benefit events.
9. Prepare for Certification & Employment
Upon completion of the Law Enforcement program, students will complete a physical abilities test and challenge exams.
Physical Abilities Test
All students must complete a physical abilities test and will have several opportunities during the end of their second semester to test.
A copy of physical ability requirements is provided in the application packet.
The physical abilities test must be completed prior to completing the challenge exams.
Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to take the Idaho Peace Officers Standards Training (POST) Challenge Exams. Exams are administered by a POST facilitator at the CWI campus near completion of the program.
Patrol: 200 questions comprising of two, 2-hour sections
Detention: 100 questions comprising of one, 2-hour section
Upon successful completion of the Challenge Exams, students will be eligible for POST certification in Idaho for detention and patrol for up to three (3) years.
To become POST certified, students must be hired by an agency and complete field training and a probationary period with the agency. This process takes approximately one (1) year.
Whether or not you are required to attend an additional POST academy for employment is up to each individual agency's discretion.
States who recognize Idaho POST certification may require applicants to attend the portion of their state academy dealing with law prior to employment.