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Act 120 Program Requirements

  • To be employed as a police officer in the state of Pennsylvania, one must have successfully completed a certified Act 120 program.

    The Criminal Justice Training Center (CJTC) at IUP is certified by the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission (MPOETC) to provide Act 120 training. The CJTC operates several municipal police academies designed to provide Act 120 training and certification. See Current Academy Schedules for locations and dates.

    As a recruit, you will obtain the knowledge and professional skills necessary to enter the law enforcement field. Graduates are qualified to be hired as officers in cities, boroughs, townships, and municipalities in Pennsylvania.

    The CJTC offers both full-time and part-time academies. Full-time academies meet Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. for approximately 25 weeks. Part-time academies meet three evenings per week from 6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. every Saturday and completes in approximately 49 weeks.