Colorado Northwestern is currently one of seven F.L.E.T.A. accredited academies in the nation that offers academy training approved by the National Park Service and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC).
This is a sixteen week course of study, that when successfully completed, provides the student with 700+ hours, (33 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 type II (seasonal) Law Enforcement position with the NPS. This certification is good for 3 years. Federally you must be 21 to be a law enforcement officer within the National Park Service.
Colorado Northwestern is currently holding two academies per year: spring and fall. Students will be enrolled in the college as well as the academy, but are not required to be part of a degree program. Additional courses and certificates are available to take during and after academy. These courses and certificates are not needed but are recommended. A typical day in the academy starts with physical fitness from 0530-0630, in class by 0750. After lunch, class will go until about 1700. This schedule is approximately 5 days a week. There will be some Saturday, Sunday and night classes.
*Fall – August 15- December 2nd
*Spring – January 9th-April 28
Applications are accepted up to one month before academy starts, later submissions require Chief Edward’s approval.
Note: In addition to applying to admission CNCC, applicants must apply for the academy. The academy application process cannot be done online, please contact academy staff for application. All recruits are accepted on a conditional basis pending successful background check and drug test.
*These schedules are tentative and can change without notice.
Office: (970) 675-3208
Fax: (970) 675-3376
Academy Chief Ranger
Office: (970) 675-3336
Email: Rick Edwards