Peace Officer Basic Training

Short-Term Certificate


COTC’s peace officer basic training academy exceeds the requirements of the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission and positions students to excel on the state certification exam to become a peace officer in Ohio. Graduates also earn credits toward an associate degree in law enforcement technology.

Why choose COTC?

State of Ohio approved OPOTC STAR Training Center

Man in suit holding star shaped sign next to man in polo shirt holding certificateCentral Ohio Technical College has received designation by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office as an approved STAR Training Center. This designation creates a professional standard and an incentive for excellence among current, or future, Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) Approved Basic Academies in the State of Ohio. OPOTC Approved Basic Academies, who voluntarily seek the STAR designation, demonstrate their belief that “Raising the Bar” is essential in producing top cadets to the law enforcement agencies who employ them, and the communities that they serve.

COTC is the only central Ohio academy to receive this designation and fifth in the state of Ohio.


The peace officer basic training academy has three schedule options a student can choose from:

Accelerated Program
  • Complete in one semester (15 weeks).
  • Classes are held Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (with some weekend and/or evening classwork as needed).
  • Academy begins every January (spring semester) at the Newark campus.
Part-time Program
  • Complete in two semesters (approximately nine months).
  • Classes are held Monday through Friday from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. (with some weekend classwork as needed).
  • Academy begins every August (autumn semester) at the Newark campus.
College Academy
  • Complete in approximately 20 weeks.
  • Classes are held Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (with some nights and weekends required).
  • Academy starts in May (summer semester) and ends in October.

Student Success

Peace Officer Basic TrainingSince 2014 all COTC peace officer basic training graduates have passed the state certification exam — that’s a 100% pass rate. COTC has also ranked in the top two open-enrollment police academies for passing the state certification exam since 2017.


Frequently Asked Questions

If I want to enroll in the peace officer basic training academy, do I need to register for and attend an information meeting? 

All students interested in peace officer basic training must register and attend an online information meeting.

Why do I need to register for and attend an information meeting?

Students must complete certain requirements to enroll in the peace officer basic training academy. Information meetings are held to go over the requirements in detail. 

Examples of requirements include (but are not limited to):

  • A fingerprint background check by the state of Ohio, a check by the State of Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation (BCI&I) and the FBI to determine any criminal record such as felonies or any domestic violence convictions which would disqualify the student from the training. 
  • A completed pre-test screening of the physical conditioning requirements, including a signed waiver acknowledging the consequences of not passing the final physical conditioning test before the written final exam.

Where can I find a list of classes (plan of study) for the program I want to study?

The courses students need to take to complete a certificate or degree are listed in a plan of study. 

Are there any age requirements to take classes in the Peace Officer Basic Training program?

Students must be 18 to enroll in Peace Officer Basic Training.

If I am already a peace officer does that qualify me for college credit?

Students who are currently Ohio Certified Peace Officers may be eligible to apply credit to the peace officer basic training academy, and must provide documentation of current peace officer status.

Can I take classes online or face-to-face?

The peace officer basic training academy includes hands-on learning and face-to-face classes.

What are the physical requirements to enter the Peace Officer Basic Training program?

Students should review the Basic Training Physical Fitness Assessment Chart based upon their age and sex. The 15th percentile is the minimum entry standard to enter the Peace Officer Basic Training program or academy at COTC; however, applicants are strongly encouraged to exceed those standards. The 50th percentile is the standard to successfully exit the academy.

What is the correct form for push-ups and sit-ups for the academy?

Push-up form:
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Sit-up form:
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What type of financial assistance is available to help me pay for tuition for the peace officer basic training academy?

There peace officer basic training academy is eligible for the short-term certificate grant available to students with demonstrated financial need as well as students who are currently in or exiting foster care. Each student may receive a one-time grant of up to $2,000 to assist with tuition and fees (does not include the cost of books and supplies). To be considered, students must submit and satisfy the requirements on the Short-term Certificate Grant Application or the Short-term Certificate Foster Youth Grant Application.

Connect with the Office of Student Financial Services at 740.366.9435 or email

What expenses are there in addition to tuition?

Students in the law enforcement technology program — and the peace officer basic Training academy — are required to purchase and wear a uniform. 

How do I get started at COTC?

Help us learn more about you by visiting our Future Students webpage, then follow the COTC Steps to Enroll to get started. 


Peace Officer Basic Training – Learning Outcomes

Statement of Purpose

POBT Students with instructorThe purpose of the peace officer basic training program at Central Ohio Technical College is to prepare qualified individuals for entry-level positions as peace​ officers through knowledge-based learning, demonstrated skills proficiencies, experiential learning through structural simulation, and practical experience in an ethical and professional manner consistent with federal, state and local laws​ enabling them to meet the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission requirements and allowing successful graduates of the program to take the state certification exam.


Officer Thomas W. Cottrell Jr. Award

Portrait of Officer Thomas W. Cottrell Jr.

The Officer Thomas W. Cottrell, Jr. Award for Character and Dedication to Public Service is given out at each Peace Officer Basic Training graduation ceremony during the academic year. The selection of the recipients is based on many factors including, but not limited to, academic success and overall leadership and character.

The $1,000 award assists the recipient with equipment purchases and other expenses associated with beginning a career in law enforcement.