The Alamo Area Regional Law Enforcement Academy offers Basic Peace Officer and Basic Correction Officer programs, as well as Basic Telecommunications Certification for individuals seeking licensure through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.
In addition, the academy provides continuing education for licensed law enforcement professionals. Peace officers, corrections officers, and telecommunicators are able to advance their proficiency certifications through the intermediate, advanced, and master-level courses available through the academy.
Click here to see our Catalog.
Click here for our online courses.
Basic Peace Officer Course
Please note that you MUST be the age of 21 by the date of graduation in order to be accepted into the Basic Peace Officer Course.
An applicant’s first step will be to take the entrance exam. Entrance exam dates can be found here.
Applicants must bring copies of the following documents the day of the exam:
- High school diploma or GED and CollegeTranscripts (unofficial are acceptable)
- Member 4 Form/DD214 (if applicant has prior military experience)
- Proof of auto liability insurance
- Proof of citizenship (i.e., birth certificate or naturalization certificate)
- Valid driver’s license
The BPOC Entrance Exam costs $35. Pre-registering with payment is required through this training portal: www.aarlea.com.
Full-Time Day Classes:
Monday -Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. including two or three weekend training sessions during the course.
Orientation Date: July 31, 2023
Start Date: August 21, 2023
Graduation Date: March 5, 2024*
Orientation Date: January 29, 2024
Start Date: February 20, 2024
Graduation Date: August 6, 2024*
Orientation Date: April 8, 2024
Start Date: April 29, 2024
Graduation Date: October 16, 2024*
Orientation Date: July 22, 2024
Start Date: August 12, 2024
Graduation Date: February 24, 2025*
*Dates subject to change if curriculum is delayed due to unforeseen incidents (i.e. COVID-19)
Effective December 16, 2022, BPOC tuition for the Basic Peace Officer Course is $3800 per student to start with the 2023 Bravo Class and forward. The 2023 Alpha will remain at the $3500 cost.
Testing for the BPOC is currently ongoing, testing for all other classes will be posted soon. Please be advised that if the applicant begins the application process, the documents will be valid for 180 days, therefore if you begin the process for a BPOC class (i.e. Bravo Class), you may not be able to apply for a BPOC course that is a few classes ahead (i.e. Delta Class), due to the 180 day expiration date.
Basic Telecommunications Licensing Course
Effective January 1, 2014, this training is now a licensing course required of all new telecommunication specialists. The course must be completed within one year of hire by an agency. Participants must meet state minimum standards set forth by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE), pass the course, and pass the TCOLE state exam in order to become licensed.
Prior to starting section 4.2.4: students must have a current, nationally recognized Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification.
- This includes, but is not limited to, courses from the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross. The CPR course must be taken in-person and the student must complete practical scenarios for adult/infant/ AED to be certified.
- The student must present a current and valid certificate to the training provider.
The class is open to individuals who are already working for a law enforcement agency and are seeking to obtain their licensing requirements mandated by TCOLE.
NIMS 100 and 200 classes can be completed through FEMA on-line at:
**Before registering for the Basic Telecommunications Course, all applicants must first take the AACOG Entrance (TABE) Exam. Please call 210-362-5291 to schedule the TABE Entrance Exam**
The test is a Basic Reading Comprehension test. A Practice Test can be found at:
There is no charge for the test. For questions about this class or other Telecommunications classes in the future, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Please ensure that you have met all TCOLE prerequisites prior to registering to take a state licensing exam.
Registering to take a licensing exam on our website does not confirm that an individual has met the state requirements or prerequisites to take the exam. Employers and applicants must ensure that they meet state requirements to include medical, criminal history checks, psychological, endorsement letters, and any other training or requirements mandated by TCOLE prior to taking a state licensing exam. TCOLE may be reached at 512-936-7700.