Park Ranger Law Enforcement Academy

Protecting our parks and national treasures

Park Ranger Law Enforcement Academy

Protecting our parks and national treasures

Park Ranger Law Enforcement Academy

Protecting our parks and national treasures

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Upcoming Academy Dates

Fall 2019 Academy
August 19, 2019 through graduation on December 17, 2019

Winter 2020 Academy
January 6, 2020 through graduation on May 5, 2020

Contact Us

Academy Commander
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Academy Program Assistant
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Rick Mossman, Commander
Public Safety Academies
Mount Vernon Campus
2405 East College Way
Mount Vernon WA
[email protected]

PLEA Academy Graduation

Certificate Program

If you want to specialize in parks law enforcement, this is your program! SVC’s Park Ranger Law Enforcement Academy is one of only seven NPS-approved academies in the U.S. that provides the accredited curriculum that is also approved by other federal land management agencies as a Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program (SLETP). It is also an approved training program accepted by local and state park agencies.

As a graduate of the academy, you will gain a competitive edge in seeking jobs with the various agencies in the law enforcement community. Our graduates have been highly successful in securing employment with the National Park Service, Washington State Parks, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Everett City Parks, and many other federal, state, county and city land management agencies (contact specific agencies for employment requirements).

Program Catalog Information

PRLEA Program

  • Two 720-hour programs: Fall August through December, or Winter January through April.
  • iPad issued to cadets with academy curriculum and enabled for classroom and field use.
  • Curriculum Includes
    • Contemporary law enforcement tactics and legal information for visitor protection.
    • Emphasis on natural, cultural, and historic resources protection methods.
  • Particular attention to hands-on experiential problem-based.

PRLEA Eligibility

  • You must be 21 years of age or older, and be physically and mentally fit for service
  • You must successfully pass a criminal history and background check, drug analysis screening, and application review by the academy’s Advisory Committee.

Additional Training Options

In addition to the PRLEA Certification, students are welcome to gain extra training in Wildland Firefighting and Emergency Medical Response (EMR). Classes are optional and tuition and fees are assessed separately. Gaining this extra training will add qualifications for students when they begin applying for competitive Federal and State Park Service employment. 

  • Wildland Firefighting—Completion of FIRE 126 (3 cr.) will allow students to suppress wildland fires while under close supervision.
  • Emergency Medical Responder—Completion of FIRE 140 (5 cr.) prepares students to take the Washington State 60-hour First Responder emergency medical certification test battery.
Program Costs

Please note: the following statistics are required by the U.S. Department of Education to be available for student review. Tuition prices listed are not necessarily the current Skagit Valley College tuition rates. Program cost information available for Certificate Options only. 

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