You’ve made it – you’re a newly hired police officer with a police service or law enforcement agency. Before you hit the streets, sharpen your front-line policing skills in the Police Cadet Training program.


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Everything you need to know to be successful.



Formed in collaboration with the core police services of southern Alberta, the Police Cadet Training program brings you the most up-to-date training possible. Reinforcing crucial skills and knowledge such as report writing and investigative techniques, we’ll prepare you to begin your service. And upon completion of the program, your know-how will meet and exceed provincial standards, enhancing your ability to be a vital part of your force and to make a difference in your community.

Be on target for your career goals, and apply for Police Cadet Training today!

Your future

You’ll be ready to hit the streets with your sharp skills 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.

Starts In: Flexible - Fall, Winter, or Spring depending on agency requirements
Credential: Certificate
Course Code Title Credits


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

General admission requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs as indicated in the Admissions section of this calendar.

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 or Dean or designate 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



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

Academic Year Tuition Fees Books & Supplies
Year 1 $17,250.00 $1,054.00 $2,575.00

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  • Contact the program office for details on tuition, fees, books and supplies costs.
  • Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.
  • Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.
  • Tuition for international students is $27,600.

A long history of success

We work closely with law enforcement agencies to ensure our grads are always able to meet the needs of the industry.

In one way or another, versions of the programs in the School of Justice Studies have been around for over 50 years. During that time, we’ve worked closely with industry, adjusting and refining our programs to ensure our grads are always able to meet the needs of the industry. And we continue to adapt and respond to new developments today, providing an education that delivers success.

Hands-on, immersive training

Video games in college?
Video games in college?

That's right! You’ll learn to make scenario-based decisions with video game-like technology.


Video games in college?

Using video game-like technology, judgment simulators improve your judgment, decision making, communication and observation skills using real-world, real-time scenarios. We’re one of the only post-secondary institutions in western Canada with this type of simulator technology.

The two simulators allow you to experience and respond to nearly 700 different scenarios that range from verbal compliance situations to lethal action outcomes, depending on your program. You could be dealing with an emotionally disturbed individual, a routine traffic stop that reveals a potential poacher, or a highly agitated youth threatening self-harm. The technology is dynamic enough that our instructors can build their own scenarios to meet the individual needs of their courses.

These real-life training scenarios emphasize the importance of improving your knowledge and skills for your chosen career path, giving you immediate feedback that allows you to acknowledge which skills may need a little extra attention. And spending time practicing real-world simulations gives you the tools and knowledge you’ll need to respond to everyday situations that arise once you’re on the job.

Order in the classroom
Order in the classroom

Simulated spaces on campus prepare you for the tough moments on the job.


Order in the classroom

Despite what movies and TV shows might lead you to believe, a career in justice isn’t all about action. You need to understand the challenging moments of the job: what it’s like to handle evidence, how best to recount your interviews and investigation for a judge, and what it’s like to notify next of kin. Our program teaches all that and more with simulated settings on campus that prepare you for the environments and the scenarios you’ll encounter on the job.

The courtroom

At the end of a winding walk through the Andrews’ wing, there’s a room on campus that most are surprised to find. On one side, it’s a traditional classroom with desks and whiteboards. On the other side? A realistic courtroom complete with wood-paneled walls, a well-worn Bible, leather-lined tables and podiums for the prosecutor and defense. All these furnishings were donated by a Calgary courthouse, providing students with an authentic courtroom.

Here, you’ll be able to experience the roles of lawyer, accused, witness and police officer while an instructor sits as judge. You’ll feel the stress and tension of the courtroom and you’ll get a sense of what real-world justice is really like.

The crisis lab

On the west end of campus, tucked away among the classrooms of the Andrews building and the Technologies and Trades buildings, you’ll find another simulated space. A small apartment furnished with couches, chairs and a TV might be the scene of a drug bust or domestic violence call.

Here, you’ll face professional actors who set the stage for scenarios you’ll deal with on the job. It’s as close to a real-life experience as you can get. And it will feel real, but it’s all part of the training experience.

From here to there: alumni updates

Lethbridge College isn’t just a place to go to school – we’re a community that is here to support you from your initial interest in our program through to the moment you cross the stage at Convocation and beyond. Just take a look at where an LC education has taken some of our grads.

Kyle Jensen

Kyle, who was one of 19 cadets to graduate from the 2015 Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) and Canadian Pacific Police Service (CPPS) Cadet Training program that was offered by Lethbridge College, received the award for the highest academic achievement. The training program is the first of its kind in Alberta and is the result of a collaborative partnership between MHPS, CPPS and Lethbridge College. The training program is unique as, although a traditional classroom environment plays an important role, much of the learning and assessment takes place in real-life settings throughout the community.

– From Winter 2016 Wider Horizons