Academy Curriculum Overview

The POST Academy is the only residential academy in the state; which promotes an enhanced learning process, team orientation, and the formation of long lasting friendships.  The Training Division has the responsibility to train Category I, II and III peace officers, along with the development of curriculum for all basic training academies in Nevada.  The academy runs concurrently with Category I peace officers staying for 17 weeks, Category II peace officers 10 weeks and Category III peace officers staying for 8 weeks.

Cadets must maintain an 80% or better overall academic average and all cadets must pass the POST Physical Fitness Test (PPFT) to graduate.  The hours of  classroom training experienced by the cadets includes such topics as court security, counter-terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and numerous sessions of scenario based training.  Cadets are administered three PPFTs; one at the start of the academy, at mid-term, and at the end of the academy.  All cadets participate in the basic boxing program as part of their physical fitness improvement program.

Overview of Subjects with Approximate Hours

Subject Category I Category II
Law and Legal Procedures



Patrol Operations and Investigations 



Performance Skills



Functions of a Peace Officer



Administration and Examinations