To be employed as a police officer in the state of Pennsylvania, an individual must successfully complete a certified Act 120 program and pass the MPOETC state certification exam.
The Criminal Justice Training Center offers full-time and part-time Act 120 programs. Full-time academies meet from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and usually take about 22 weeks to complete. Part-time programs are designed
for people who work or whose schedules don’t enable them to be in classes all day. These academies meet about 20 hours a week: three evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Duration is about 49 weeks.
For further information on locations and availability, see Current Academy Schedules.
For answers to common questions about the CJTC programs, see our frequently asked questions. For information on fees for the Act 120 program, see