Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program
(information updated April 9, 2014)

The Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program (SLETP) was developed in 1977 to prepare the seasonal ranger to perform law enforcement in areas administered by the National Park Service. The training program is offered at various venues across the country. The core required program consists of 400 class hours. Some programs may require additional hours.

A successful graduate becomes eligible to receive a Type II law enforcement commission once a background investigation, drug testing and medical screening is completed. Information regarding medical standards for commissioned rangers can be found here. Prospective students should contact the school they plan on attending for the specific graduation requirements. Fitness requirements for seasonal positions will be posted here when they become applicable and available.

Once obtained, the commission enables the bearer to carry firearms, make arrests, investigate crimes and assist in the execution of warrants.

Schools offer the SLETP in a variety of ways. The diversity of offerings is reflected in the varying lengths of classes.

  • (S) - Straight Academy (40 hours or more/week)
  • (P) - Peace Officer Standard Training with NPS add-on or add-in
  • (O) - One session per academic year (1 or 2 semesters) to full-time students
  • (T) - One session over two academic years to full-time students
  • (C) - Combination of weekends and semester breaks

    Each school recognizes or offers recognition for completion of the course in one or more ways:

  • Continuing education units
  • Semester hours
  • Quarter hours
  • Certificate

    The cost of each school's program is set by the administration of that school. Prospective students should personally contact the directors of the schools being considered and inquire as to the availability of housing and meals, as well as the tuition costs and any additional fees for ammunition, targets or other items.

    We have attempted to offer the most recent information on class dates, but cancellations and changes in scheduling are not uncommon.

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    Colorado Northwestern Community College
    Criminal Justice Program
    500 Kennedy Drive (Hill Hall)
    Rangely, CO 81648

    Class Dates:
    Fall 2014: Aug. 26 - Nov. 14 (S)

    Class Overview
    CNCC has been holding NPS LE academies since 1990. Classes are limited to 22 students. This is a FLETC-accredited, 12-week academy that provides the student with 450 hours (24 credit hours) of training. Upon completion of the academy, students will receive a FLETA-accredited NPS/FLETC SLETP certification. This certification will allow you to be eligible for a seasonal Type II position with the National Park Service. Colorado Northwestern is currently holding two academies per year: spring and fall. Students will be enrolled in the college and the academy but are not required to be part of a degree program.

    An associate of applied science park ranger degree is now also available.

    The CNCC tuition conveniently includes housing (single occupancy) and meals (19 per week). Additional certificates included with the academy curriculum include TASER, radar, patrol rifle, and NHTSA DUI/SFST/HGN with wet lab. Following each academy is an optional 40-hour wildland firefighting class. This course covers National Wildfire Coordinating Group curriculum (S130, S180 and S190). Upon completion you are eligible to obtain a Red Card. Following the academy are optional certificate courses; an Emergency Medical Responder (40 hours) course and a NASAR FUNSAR/SARTech II (45 hours) course.

    For further details see

    Interested students should contact either Academy Coordinator Jennifer Walgrave, (970) 675-3208; toll-free 1 (800) 562-1105, ext. 208; fax (970) 675-8665;

    Lead Instructor Chris Congemi, (970) 675-3338; toll-free 1 (800) 562-1105, ext.338;


    Academy Chief Ranger Rick Mossman, (970) 675-3337;

    Hocking College
    National Ranger Training Institute
    3301 Hocking Parkway
    Nelsonville, OH 45764-9582

    Program apparently suspended in late March 2014; no further information available.

    Northern Arizona University
    Park Ranger Training Program
    Department of Geography, Planning and Recreation
    P.O. Box 15016
    Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5016

    Class Dates:
    Spring 2013:: Jan. 15 - April 26, 2013 (S) (wait list only)
    Fall 2013: Aug. 28 - Nov. 20, 2013 (S)
    Spring 2014: Jan. 14 - April 25, 2014 (S)
    Fall 2014: Aug. 26 - Nov. 24, 2014 (S)

    Mark Maciha: (928) 523-8242; fax: (928) 523-2275 or

    San Antonio College Law Enforcement Training Academy
    Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program
    1300 San Pedro Ave.
    San Antonio, TX 78212

    Contact us at:

    Class Dates:
    Fall 2014: Aug. 25 - Dec. 12 — OPEN SEATS - ENROLL NOW
    Spring 2015: Exact dates pending, starts in early January 2015

    Courses Offered:

    The SAC-SLETP provides current, relevant and effective training to ensure future NPS employees are capable and proficient in all required law enforcement skills upon entry of duty. This is a rigorous, straight run academy with most classes scheduled Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are some night classes lasting until 11 p.m., and some Saturday and Sunday classes. All classes are mandatory. This academy consists of the National Park Service-approved curriculum accredited by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation (FLETA). The core classes consist of 400 hours of legal, behavioral sciences, enforcement operations, patrol procedures, firearms, driving and physical techniques. The instructors at San Antonio College hold themselves and their students to established high standards of conduct and performance. Our objective is to train highly competent, professional, physically and mentally fit students ready to protect people, resource and property in the National Park Service.

    Application and additional information is available at

    Santa Rosa Junior College
    Public Safety Training Center
    5743 Skylane Blvd.
    Windsor, CA 95492

    Class Dates:
    Jan. 21 - April 25, 2014 (S)
    Sept. 9 - Dec. 12, 2014 (S)

    Brian Marvin: (707) 836-2914; fax: (707) 836-2948

    SRJC’s Ranger Academy was the first of its kind. Since 1978 when NPS first set seasonal ranger law enforcement training standards, SRJC has hosted 123 classes with more than 3,000 graduates. In the last 10 years SRJC built completely new public safety classroom and field facilities in Windsor, California, including an indoor firing range, driver training track, and a full-scale scenario village and campground affording students varied and realistic settings for hands-on learning. The 12-week program is accredited and trains to NPS Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program standards, often with working rangers as instructors. Students are evaluated with supportive feedback in constitutional and criminal law, behavioral science, park patrol and enforcement, driving, firearms and officer safety. SRJC welcomes your further interest.

    Skagit Valley College
    Department of Criminal Justice
    2405 E. College Way
    Mount Vernon, WA 98273-5899

    Class Dates:
    Jan. 2, 2013 - April 15, 2013 (S) (720 hours)

    This program mandates full attendance for the 720 hours held at the Mount Vernon Campus and is not available online. The Parks Law Enforcement Academy is based on a blended curriculum meshing the SLETP curriculum with the Washington State Basic Law Enforcement Reserve Officer's Program. This has resulted in qualification with a SLETP certificate and certification to work for certain agencies that require or recognize peace officer training with a natural/cultural/historic resources protection emphasis, including Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, county and local parks, and natural resources agencies in Washington or reciprocating states. The program is conducted in a full-time academy setting with a typical week consisting of a minimum of 40+ hours.

    You may obtain further information and application materials online here. If you are unable to obtain materials in this fashion, you may request that an information/application packet to be mailed to your U.S. postal address.

    Bill Overby: (360) 416-7829; fax: (360) 416-6669

    Slippery Rock University
    Dr. John Lisco
    Patterson Hall - Room 111
    Slippery Rock, PA 16057

    The next session will be held in the fall of 2014. A new website and application will be posted in February of 2014.

    Dr. John Lisco, Parks and Recreation, (724) 738-2596,

    Southwestern Community College
    Jerry Sutton Public Safety Training Center
    225 Industrial Park Loop
    Franklin, NC 28734

    Class Dates:
    Spring 2013 - Class 90, Jan. 22 - May 2013 (S)
    Fall 2013 - Class 91, Aug. 20 - December 2013 (S)

    NOTE: Academies are limited to 20 recruits

    Mitch Boudrot: (828) 306-7043; fax: (828) 369-2428
    More details:

    Temple University
    Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program
    Department of Criminal Justice
    523 Gladfelter Hall, 1115 W. Berks St.
    Philadelphia, PA 19122

    Class Dates:
    Applications for both classes will be available on the web by 11/22/2013.
    Summer 2014: May 19 – Aug. 18, 2014 (S)
    Fall 2014: Aug. 25 – Dec. 1, 2014 (S)

    The Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program at Temple University is a rigorous 13-week program consisting of more than 505 hours of instruction designed to prepare and enable students to obtain employment with the National Park Service as a Seasonal Type II law enforcement ranger. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be awarded academic credit and a certificate of completion. A public celebration that recognizes the significance of their achievement will include a formal graduation ceremony.

    Anthony J. Luongo: office, (215) 204-7930; fax, (215) 204-2776

    Unity College
    Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program
    90 Quaker Hill Road
    Unity, Maine 04988

    Class Dates:
    Aug. 26 - Nov. 9, 2012 (S)

    Director Tim Peabody: 207-948-3131, ext. 331; Coordinator Tom Nash: 757-634-4197

    The Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program (SLETP) was first developed in 1977 to prepare seasonal park rangers to perform law enforcement in areas administered by the National Park Service. This intensive 400+ hour training program includes such topics as federal criminal law and court procedures, pistol and shotgun qualifications, emergency response driving, patrol skills, and defensive tactics. This course of study is mandatory for all those seeking seasonal employment to work in National Parks as a law enforcement ranger.

    Vermilion Community College
    NPS Seasonal Ranger Training
    1900 East Camp St.
    Ely, Minnesota 55731-1996
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