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Fresno County Sheriff’s Academy

Module III and II Academies

For over 50 years, California State University, Fresno and the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office have worked together to produce outstanding, well-rounded individuals through the Sheriff’s Academy.  This program has trained deputies, officers, investigators and agents who now work for local, state and federal law enforcement agencies across the country.

The program is designed to train and educate the cadets while attending school and/or working in the community.  It is the goal of the program to have all cadets successfully complete each module and progress towards their career goals.

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office Module III and II Academy meets the minimum standards set forth by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) to become a Level II Reserve Peace Officer.


Module I Academy


The 468-hour intensive (full-time) course is designed to meet the minimum requirements of a full-time peace officer as established by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) and is the final component of the Regular Basic Course – Modular Format Academy.

Both programs are academically and physically demanding. The program is paramilitary structured, requiring students to work together as a team, while learning leadership skills and responsibility.

Cadets are required to show a high level of self-respect, self-discipline and professionalism. Cadets will be held to a high standard of ethical behavior as a representative of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.

Prerequisites for affiliated cadets


Letter on department letterhead stating that the cadet is being sponsored by your agency, meets the POST requirements listed below, DOJ clearance is on file with your agency and has been cleared medically for law enforcement essential functions.  Tuition will be billed to your agency.

Prerequisites for unaffiliated cadets


• POST Training Profile showing successful completion of POST Modules III and II within last 36 months
• Passing score on Module II End of Course Proficiency Test - within last 12 months
• Department of Justice clearance to possess a firearm - within last 90 days

Application Process


• Sheriff’s Academy Application
• Oral Interview
• Medical Clearance
• Department of Justice Clearance including firearms possession
• Reception of an Academy Letter of Acceptance
• Tuition paid in full
      o Module III $1,061
      o Module II $2,000
      o Module I $2,164

Course Details

Typically, Monday through Friday from 7:00am - 5:00 pm. Classes will involve some evenings and weekends as required for necessary training.

The Sheriff’s Office is starting a list for interested candidates meeting all prerequisites in anticipation of the upcoming academy anticipated to take place as follows:
• Monday, June 1 to Friday, August 12, 2022


Those interested can apply at:  Fresno County Sheriff's Academy

Inquiries can be directed to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office Training Unit:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.