Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program
(information updated July 31, 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;

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

    Class Dates:
    Fall 2014: Aug. 18 - Nov. 21, 2014 (S)

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

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

    Class Dates:
    Sept. 9 - Dec. 12, 2014 (S)
    Jan. 20 - April 24, 2015 (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 127 classes with more than 3,200 graduates. In the last 12 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, 2015 - April 23, 2015 (S) (720 hours)

    Skagit Valley College's SLETP program is a rigorous 720 hour FLETA-accredited academy held at the Mount Vernon Campus and is not available online. The Parks Law Enforcement Academy is based on a blended curriculum blending the National Park Service-approved curriculum with relevant portions of 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. Protecting America's treasures-its parks and natural areas-motivates our leadership and instructors to train you to be the best you can be, and above all, successful on your first day on the job as a law enforcement protection park ranger.

    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. We look forward to your interest in this life-changing program. Contact us today at:

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

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

    Class Dates:
    Aug. 19 - Nov. 25

    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:
    Fall 2014: Aug. 26 – 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

    Vermilion Community College
    Seasonal Park Law Enforcement Ranger Training
    1900 East Camp St.
    Ely, Minnesota 55731

    Class Dates:
    Aug. 18 - Nov. 25

    Course Overview: Vermilion Community College is a two-year community college in Ely, Minnesota, adjacent to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the Superior National Forest. The college specializes in outdoor environmental education, resource management and protection of natural resources. Vermilion Community College offers a variety of two-year degrees (AA, AS, AAS), diplomas and certificates. Vermilion Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

    Vermilion offers the NPS seasonal law enforcement training program as a blended program to meet the requirements of the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training. The academy includes several components above and beyond the current NPS SLETP curriculum (MOCC, PPCT, NHTSA SFST, rifle and Taser). The program is offered once a year and the class size is limited to 30 students.

    Jim Christensen: 218-235-2128 or
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    PLEASE NOTE — In August 2015 all seven academies will increase the training program hours from 400 to 650+ hours. More information regarding this change will be forthcoming.

    Also, these schools are no longer part of the Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program:
    Slippery Rock University
    San Antonio College
    Unity College
    Hocking College

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