Natural Resources/Ranger/Basic Peace Officer Academy

This program will adhere to all State and Ohio OPOTA/C standards.

(703 Hours) Financial Aid Eligible Program (For those who qualify)

The Polaris Career Center Natural Resources/Ranger/Basic Peace Officer Academy prepares candidates for police and natural resource law enforcement officer positions and other careers that require peace officer training. This 703-hour program is conducted under the auspices of the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission. The instruction will be provided by those who have experience and expertise in the field of law enforcement, natural resources, and parks & recreation.

The Academy Training includes:

  • Administration
  • Legal
  • Human resources
  • Firearms
  • Driving
  • Subject control
  • First aid/CPR
  • Patrol
  • Civil disorders
  • Investigation
  • Physical conditioning
  • Aerosol defense spray
  • Expandable baton
  • Employability skills

This all-inclusive academy, will provide the following during the program:

    • Academy uniforms (except shoes) including the following:
      2 shirts, 2 pairs of pants, 1 sweatshirt, 1 pair of sweatpants, 1 jacket, 1 knit hat and 1 duty bag
    • Use of duty belt with accessories (holster, magazine pouch, handcuff case, etc.)
    • Use of handgun and ammunition
    • Use of shotgun and ammunition
    • Use of expandable baton
    • Use of chemical repellent spray (OC/Pepper Spray)
    • Use of taser

Pre-registrations will be taken for this program. Students may register  once all prerequisite requirements listed below are met.
• Students must be 21 years of age by the completion of the program,
• Show proof of a valid driver’s license,
• Show proof of current automobile insurance,
• Complete a satisfactory drug screening  form here
• Complete a physical exam with satisfactory results form here
• Complete a background check with satisfactory results (No felonies or serious misdemeanors), form here
• Complete a physical fitness assessment (15% of the state required standards) form here

Click here for steps to take to start the pre-registration process.

Once a student has satisfactorily completed all prerequisites, the student may register in-person and follow the registration requirements as listed at Polaris Career Center Adult Education Department Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM. (If necessary, an appointment for a specific time may be made by calling, 440-891-7653.)
Please bring required documentation as follows:
• High school diploma/GED certificate
• Valid driver’s license
• Proof of automobile insurance
• Tuition payment (amount is determined by financial aid award)

Students must attend the mandatory Orientation Meeting scheduled for Thursday, August 25, 2016 at Polaris Career Center in room 203.

Certifications/Licensure include:

  • Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC)
  • First Aid and CPR


Fall 2016
Monday – Thursday
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
September  6, 2016 – Early May, 2017 (exact completion to be determined by enrollment and weather; some Fridays & Sundays may be required)

Tuition Fee: $6,795 (includes non-refundable materials fee of $249)

Tuition includes uniforms (except shoes), all supplies, and state  examination fee.

Students can expect the following additional costs: physical exam, background check, uniform shoes and any make-up hour costs.

Qualifies for CT2 College Credit

This program can earn up to 22 credit hours via the Ohio Department of Higher Education. College credit can be received via the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Career Technical Credit Transfer System (CT2).

Please call our Transitions Coordinator at (440) 891-7697 for more information.

Program Resources

Course of Study


Sample Assignments

Gainful employment information – Student Policies & Financial Aid Consumer Handbook

Click here to view the Gainful Employment Disclosure.

Adult Ranger Academy 2015-2016 Advisory Members

Det. Steven Bartczak, Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department
Sgt. Phil Forrest, Southwest General Health Center
Chief Joe Grecol, Berea Police Department
Mr. Gregory Loftus, Westfield Group
Mr. Jared Magyar, Port of Cleveland
Mr. Jeffrey Mason, Strongsville Police Department
Mr. Trevor Poole, Cleveland Metroparks System
Lt. Matthew Vanyo, Olmsted Township Police Department
Chief Daniel Veloski, Cleveland Metroparks System