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Instruction at the Colorado Northwestern National Park Service approved Park Ranger Law Enforcement Academy (P.R.L.E.A.) meets or exceeds Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (F.L.E.T.C.) requirements. Upon graduation students will receive an accredited NPS/FLETC PRLEA certificate. This is good for 3 years and will grant you the opportunity to work as a seasonal LE officer with the NPS. Included in the training is Taser, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration DUI/SFST/HGN, and Radar that will upgrade your credentials for obtaining seasonal employment. These courses are part of PRLEA regular training.

CNCC employs a full time Lead Instructor and Program Director who instruct, administer, and oversee all aspects of the training. They have over 60 years of combined law enforcement and law enforcement instructor experience and will help you develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities you need to become a successful Ranger in the field.  The Academy staff also assists in helping you find federal employment once you graduate.

***IMPORTANT - Successful graduation from the academy requires the passing of the Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB). FLETC standards dictate that all NPS Law Enforcement Officers be at the 25 percentile or better in each event to obtain employment. The 3 events that the officer/recruit must pass are the 1.5 mile run, the max push bench press and the Illinois Agility Run. FLETC PEB requirements can be found:  FLETC

A career as a Ranger requires one to be in outstanding physical fitness in the performance of duties which include search and rescue, firefighting, EMS, law enforcement, and other arduous duties. Therefore passing the PEB is mandatory to graduate the program. 

Park Ranger Law Enforcement Academy Summary

Legal 110 Hours
Behavioral Science 41 Hours
Enforcement Operations 58.5 Hours
Patrol Procedures 191 Hours
Firearms 107 Hours
Driving 55 Hours
Physical Techniques 117 Hours

Additional Certifications

* Additional Costs apply

Additional certifications available in addition to the PRLEA training are Wild Land Firefighting, Emergency First Responder, and Fundamentals of Search and Rescue.

TASER (Part of Academy) 10 Hours
Patrol Rifle (Part of Academy) 16 Hours
Radar (Part of Academy) 10 Hours
N.H.T.S.A. DUI/SFST/HGN with Wet Lab (Part of Academy) 24 Hours
Incident Command System (ISC100) (Part of Academy) 4 Hours
Wild Land Firefighting (S130, S180, S190) (Optional)* 40 Hours
Emergency First Responder (Optional)* 40 Hours
Fundamentals of Search and Rescue (FUNSAR) (Optional)* 40 Hours

About CNCC

Colorado Northwestern is one college in two Colorado communities. Depending on what you want to study, CNCC has the perfect surroundings and facilities to meet your needs. Founded in 1962 as “Rangely College,” CNCC now serves nearly 1,600 students on two campuses, two service centers and online. Our two campuses are located in Craig and Rangely and are 90 miles apart in the mountains and canyons of Northwestern Colorado.