Criminal Justice Training Center

Simulated drill with officers and firearms at the Criminal Justice Training Center - several officers stand holding handguns in a hallway

The Criminal Justice Training Center graduates four academies per year—two full-time academies at our IUP location, one full-time academy at our California University of Pennsylvania location, and one part-time academy at our Robert Morris University location.

Check our Current Academy Schedule to see when you can start the application process for any of our three academy locations.

To request an application, follow the steps below to make payment and print the application packet:

  1. On the IUP Criminal Justice Training Center home page, click on Training Programs.
  2. Then click on Act 120 Municipal Police Academy.
  3. Then Application Process.
  4. Click on Criminal Justice Training Center Marketplace.
  5. Pay your $30 application fee with a credit card. Make sure you click on the link for the academy you want to apply to (full-time or part-time). More info on these academies can be found on Current Academy Schedules.
  6. Now, to obtain your application packet, go back to the "Application Process" page.
  7. Click on Application packet to print the packet.
  8. Complete all forms in the packet: Application page, Physical Exam form (to include five-panel drug test).
  9. Submit your completed application by either emailing it to or mailing it to the CJTC office address.

You will then be contacted to schedule your entrance testing.

Any questions, feel free to email or call 724-357-6943.

IUP's Criminal Justice Training Center offers training programs for police recruits and law enforcement personnel. The training center:

  • Prepares students for entry into the law enforcement field
  • Serves federal/military law enforcement students eligible for the Act 165 Partial Waiver Training Program
  • Provides in-service training to enhance the skills of current law enforcement personnel
  • Provides initial preparation for mandatory re-certification in lethal weapons training for security personnel
  • Prepares individuals for certification and annual re-certification as Pennsylvania State Constables

Become a Police Officer

The CJTC offers Act 120: Municipal Police Academy certification programs at two locations: the IUP main campus, and Robert Morris University. With a mix of full- and part-time options, you can get your certification when it fits your schedule. Check the Current Academy Schedules to see when the program is offered at each location.

Get In-Service Training

From mandatory trainings for current Pennsylvania police officers, to voluntary training, to specialized training programs, the CJTC offers a number of options. Visit the Act 180: Mandatory In-Service and Non-Mandatory In-Service Training for course offerings and dates.

Training Programs

Get more information on our criminal justice training programs, including Act 120: Municipal Police Academy, Act 180: Mandatory In-Service, Act 165: Police Academy Partial Waiver Program, Act 49: Constable Training Program, Act 67: School Security Personnel Basic Training Course, and non-mandatory in-service training.

How to Apply or Request Information

Learn how you can request an application for the Act 120 training.



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