Peace Officer Basic Academy (POBA)


The Program

Successful completion of the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission's (OPOTC) certified Peace Officer Basic Academy (POBA) program is a requirement for employment as a law enforcement professional in Ohio. The academy's 605 hours of state mandated training is available in two formats at Washington State. The once a year evening academy runs Monday thru Friday evenings and some weekends, taking 8 months to complete. The once a year day academy runs Monday thru Friday, no weekends, taking 3 to 4 months to complete.

Requirements for admittance into our Peace Officer Basic Academy are:

  1. Background check. Applicants are required to submit to and pass a criminal history background check. Disqualification based on criminal convictions is determined by OPOTC.

  2. Physical conditioning. At the conclusion of the academy, cadets must meet pre-determined age/gender physical conditioning requirements for:

    1. Sit-ups

    2. Push-ups

    3. 1.5 mile run

  3. Registration requirements.

    1. High school diploma or GED

    2. Must be 18 years of age or older (a minimum age of 19 or 20 is recommended by WSCC)

    3. Complete Washington State application process

    4. Complete OPOTC's application process

    5. Hold a valid driver's license

    6. Attend the mandatory orientation/ information session


Attendance at the academy as of 06/01/2014 is $3,197 in tuition plus $1600 in student fees, in-state, (We have submitted to the Higher Learning Commission an application to make POBA a college certificate program consisting of 30 semester hours with the cost being $4,170 tuition plus $1600 in student fees, in state.) which includes a laptop computer and almost all the equipment, uniforms and supplies necessary. Students will register for college classes at Washington State and receive 23 semester hours of college credit for completion of the academy. When taken as part of the Criminal Justice Associate degree program at WSCC, financial aid is available for eligible students to cover the costs. When POBA becomes a financial aid eligible college certificate program, financial aid will be available for eligible students to cover the costs without pursuing an Associate degree.

Cadet Responsibilities

Most equipment and uniform needs are provided by Washington State. Each cadet must provide a rain jacket, running pants and eye/ ear protection. Attendance and participation throughout the Academy is demanding and mandatory.


OPOTC’s Peace Officer Basic Academy (POBA) training is recognized by West Virginia for certification purposes subject to provisions set forth by the WV Division of Justice and Community Services. Similar reciprocity may or may not exist with other states.

Audit Sheet

Click here for the link to the state's Police Officer Basic Training Audit Sheet. icon pdf

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John Burdette, Director
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