The Park Ranger Law Enforcement Academy (PRLEA) meets the entry requirements for work as a Law Enforcement Park Ranger within the National, State, County and local park systems. This 720 hour-long academy is nationally accredited and approved by the National Park Service and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) to provide Level II law enforcement commissioning. The Park Ranger Law Enforcement Academy enrolls students in Summer and Winter quarters.
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 will allow students to suppress wildland fires while under close supervision.
Emergency Medical Responder-Completion of FIRE 140 prepares students to take the Washington State 60-hour First Responder emergency medical certification test battery.
If you are interested in working in the field of Park Ranger, our Workforce Planning Guide is designed to provide you with recommended courses to complete your Park Ranger Law Enforcement Academy certificate. To keep you on the best pathway, we encourage you to consult with an Academic Advisor for scheduling options.
A certificate is awarded to students who complete the following courses with a 2.0 grade point average or above in each course and achieve technical competency.