PEACE OFFICER LICENSURE IN MINNESOTA
NDSU criminal justice students are eligible to pursue a path to peace officer licensure in Minnesota. Students need not be Minnesota residents.
The educational component for licensure includes completion of a 2-year or 4-year college degree, completion of coursework which fulfills the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board’s licensure learning objectives, and completion of a Minnesota POST-approved “Skills” training program. Skills training at Alexandria is offered for college credit (generally about 14 credit hours) and includes traditional police academy training such as firearms, defensive tactics, arrest techniques, and emergency vehicle operation.
Through an agreement with Alexandria Community and Technical College, NDSU criminal justice students may complete Alexandria’s skills training program in the summer after a student’s junior or senior year. The skills training received at Alexandria, coupled with the completed criminal justice degree at NDSU, satisfies the educational component for licensure in Minnesota.
In order to attend skills training, students must complete:
- an emergency medical responder (EMR) course, formerly known as “first responder”
- a course covering the Minnesota criminal code (available online through Alexandria)
- a psychological evaluation (available for a nominal fee through Alexandria)
- a qualifying medical examination
Each fall, a representative from Alexandria Skills comes to NDSU and holds an informational meeting. All criminal justice students are welcome to attend, but those planning to complete skills training the following summer are especially urged to attend.
Students planning to attend skills must notify Dr. Jeff Bumgarner in the Department of Criminal Justice and Political Science during the fall semester preceding the summer during which the student intends to complete skills training. Dr. Bumgarner and the student can then work together to ensure that the student is prepared for skills and that all prerequisites will be completed by that summer.
Detailed information about the Alexandria skills program can be found at:
Please contact Dr. Bumgarner if you have any questions:
Criminal Justice Public Policy Building, office 106