APPLICANTS FROM OUT-OF-STATE FAQ
Minimum Eligibility Requirements
Former out of state police officers are required to provide written evidence of the following:
- Completion of a basic police academy course comparable to the basic training prescribed under Pennsylvania law, 53 P.S., P.L. 359, no. 120
- Compliance with certification standards determined by the Peace Officers' Standards and Training Commission for the state where trained; and
- Full time employment as a police officer in the state where trained and certified.
**PLEASE NOTE-DOCUMENTATION WILL BE VERIFIED WITH THE PEACE OFFICERS’ STANDARDS AND TRAINING COMMISSION FOR THE STATE WHERE TRAINED AND CERTIFIED. EXTRA TIME SHOULD BE ALLOTTED TO COMPLETE THE VERIFICATION STEPS.
Procedures for Scheduling
Eligibility for certification testing is determined in one of two ways; either after the candidate receives a written conditional offer of employment from a police department in Pennsylvania and Part 1 is verified, or after Part 1 is verified, prior to receiving a written conditional offer of employment and an applicant elects to pay the administrative fee.
1. The following documents must accompany the Application for Certification Examination Scheduling.
a. Request for Prior Equivalent Training Analysis for Out-of-State Applicants
b. Letter confirming full time employment status as a police officer
c. Police academy diploma
d. Money order or Certified Check for $100.00, made payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania . PERSONAL CHECKS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.
e. A Criminal Record Check, valid at the time of application, purchased at the applicants expense, obtainable through the epatch website
f. A copy of your driving history obtained from the state where employed as a police officer and valid at the time of application. (For applicants who have relocated to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania , who are no longer employed as a police officer who have obtained driving privileges in Pennsylvania , you may submit a driving history from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.)
When the request for testing has been approved, a date for certification testing will be confirmed.
The Certification examination is a multiple-choice examination. Each test item consists of a question with a correct answer and three distracters. A comprehensive examination of this nature assesses an individual’s knowledge of police practices and the ability to apply knowledge learned to scenarios in a written exam. On the day of the examination applicants will be given three hours to complete the testing process. Passing score on the examination is 68%.
Additional study resources are:
Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure (Title 234)
Pennsylvania Crimes Code (Title 18)
Pennsylvania Vehicle Code (Title 75)
Constitution of the United States of America
On the date of testing, applicants will be required to bring two sharpened #2 pencils and a valid Driver’s License with photograph as proof of identity. The use of books and handouts is prohibited during testing.
On most dates, the certification examination will be administered at the Commission offices located at:
8002 Bretz Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17112
A letter confirming the date and time of testing will be emailed to the address provided on the application.
If you have any further questions, feel free to contact the Certification Unit at (717) 346-7760 or 7761.