Regular Basic Course (RBC or Police Academy)

Class 173: 
July 1 – December 12, 2024 

Please note: Non-sponsored recruits MUST attend and pass the orientation course

CJ 054 2 units over several week period
This course is designed to familiarize the student with the police academy training program and may be taken 4 times. Credit/no credit only. Not transferable, AA/AS degree only.

View the RBC Entrance Requirements

Download the P.O.S.T. Practice Test [PDF]

Application Procedure

Law enforcement agencies sponsoring recruits can make reservations by calling the Academy Office. Non-sponsored students should follow the procedures described below:

Step I – Complete and submit the Academy Interest Form.

Step II – You will receive an email with information including orientation dates and instructions for registration. Academy enrollment will be based on the successful completion of CJ-054.

Step III – Complete CJ-054, the Police Academy Orientation Course, which will begin 7 to 8 weeks prior to the start of the police academy.

Step IV – Based upon successful completion of CJ-054, registration information for the Basic Police Academy (CJ G064) will be provided.

Step V – Purchase your uniforms and equipment as specified.

Step VI – Attend the First Day Orientation/ Family Support Meeting as scheduled.

Students with disabilities who believe they may need accommodations are encouraged to contact the Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS) Office at (714) 895-8721, or TDD (714) 895-8350 as soon as possible in order to ensure that such accommodations are made in a timely fashion.

Golden West College Police Academy Required P.O.S.T. Fitness Test [Minimum Requirements]

The P.O.S.T. required physical agility test consists of the following five (5) events, which are generally administered in the following order:

  1. Agility Run: Course consists of sprinting 99 yards, which includes five (5) turns of varying degrees, three (3) curb-high obstacles, and one (1) 34″ high barricade that must be vaulted by placing both hands on it while going over it.
  2. Solid Fence Climb: Run five (5) yards to 6′ solid fence, climb over and sprint another 25 yards to finish.
  3. Chain Link Climb: Run five (5) yards to 6′ chain link fence, climb over and sprint another 25 yards to finish
  4. Body Drag: Lift and drag a 165-pound life-like dummy a distance of 32′ backward.
  5. 500 Yard Run: Run 500 yards, a distance that is equivalent to one (1) lap plus a additional 60 yards of a standard running track.

The above-described events are timed. Points are given based on the time performed by each candidate on each event. A total score of 384 points is required to pass the P.O.S.T. Test. Events that earn the most points are the Agility Run and the Solid Fence Climb. Candidates are given two (2) attempts on each event if desired and the best of the two scores is used.

Example Recruit “A”
Event Time Points
Agility Run 18.6 189
Solid Fence 7.0 181
Chain Link 7.0 88
Body Drag 8.4 47
500 Yd. Run 83.8 40
Total Score: 545
Example Recruit “B”
Event Time Points
Agility Run 22.7 137
Solid Fence 13.4 90
Chain Link 7.8 79
Body Drag 10.3 43
500 Yd. Run 97.1 35
Total Score: 384

NOTE: If you are testing with an agency, their test may be different. They may or may not utilize the agility course at Golden West College as part of their testing process. Please check with your recruiter or personnel officer for specific information.