You’ve made it – you’re a newly hired police officer with a police service. Before you hit the streets, sharpen your front-line policing skills in the Police Cadet Training program. Formed in collaboration with the core police services of southern Alberta, the Police Cadet Training program delivers up-to-date training.

In the Police Cadet Training program, you’ll reinforce crucial skills and knowledge, such as report writing and investigative techniques, while we prepare you to begin your career. Upon completion of the program, your know-how will meet and exceed provincial standards, enhancing your ability to be a vital part of your police service and to make a difference in your community.

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Career Opportunities

You'll be ready to hit the streets with your sharp skills, along with your field training officer, once you graduate. You'll be awarded a Credential of Academic Achievement in Police Cadet Training to take into your career as a police officer. 

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50+ years

of delivering quality public safety education

4 state-of-the-art learning spaces:

courtroom, crisis apartment, conflict resolution simulators and interviewing rooms

145+ participants

in an annual multi-disciplinary simulated emergency that allows students to react and respond to a crisis unfolding in real time



Flexible – fall, winter or spring depending on agency requirements

Credential / Accreditation



1 year

Dates and Deadlines

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This program is not available for International Students.

Flexible – Fall, Winter, or Spring term depending on police agency requirements.

Academic Requirements

All admission requirements are stipulated by sponsoring police service or related agency.

Non-Academic Requirements

Applicants are required to undergo a pre-screening process prior to application. Results of all required testing will be reviewed by the applicable Police Chief to determine eligibility for the program. The pre-screening process may include the following requirements:

  • Minimum age 18 at time of application
  • Must be Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Must hold valid driver’s license with maximum of 5 demerits
  • No criminal conviction for which a pardon has not been granted
  • Completion of medical examination indicating applicant is fit for police duty
  • Proof of completion (no older than 6 months) of A-PREP or PARE fitness testing to required standard for police officers in Alberta
  • Must complete vision and hearing testing with scores that meet or exceed the minimum requirement for Alberta policing agencies
  • Must provide proof of Standard First Aid and CPR certification valid at time of application and for duration of training program
  • Completion of Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search with no findings of guilt
  • Proof of achieving a score of 70% or better on Alberta Police Cognitive Abilities Test (APCAT)
  • Proof of achieving a score of 55% or better on Alberta Communications Test (ACT)
  • Satisfactory completion of behavioural descriptive interview
  • Satisfactory completion of full background check
  • Three letters of reference, not from family members
  • Successful completion of police psychological testing
  • Successful completion of polygraph interview based on content of Personal Disclosure form
Graduation Requirements

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, students are awarded a Police Cadet Training certificate.

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Delivery Formats

The Police Cadet Training program is available through the following delivery methods.

On Campus

This program is delivered in a face-to-face format on the main Lethbridge College campus. Lectures, labs and hands-on training opportunities will all take place on campus in Lethbridge.


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PCD-1112Cadet Physical Wellness Training1.5
PCD-1113Reasonable Officer Response6
PCD-1114Law Enforcement Firearms3
PCD-1115Emergency Vehicle Operations1.5
PCD-1121Client Centered Service3
PCD-1122Mental Health1.5
PCD-1123CDSA Investigations1.5
PCD-1131Community Policing and Evidence1.5
PCD-1132Public Order Offences and Interviewing1.5
PCD-1133Provincial Offences1.5
PCD-1134Criminal Code Property Offences3
PCD-1135Sexual Offences3
PCD-1136Domestic Violence1.5
PCD-1137Impaired Driving Offences3
PCD-1141Economic Crime1.5
PCD-1142Sudden Death Investigations1.5
Total Credits36
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