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2023-2024 Catalog SVC 
2023-2024 Catalog SVC [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Park Ranger Law Enforcement Academy PRLEA/EMR Certificate

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Park Ranger Law Enforcement Academy


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. It is one of only seven National Park Service (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. 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.

As a graduate of the academy, you will gain a competitive edge in seeking jobs with the various agencies in the law enforcement community. SVC 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).

Sample Career Options

Degree Intent and Transfer Options

Upon completion, Workforce degrees and/or certificates are intended to give students the skills needed to move directly into employment. While these degrees are not intended to transfer to a university, students will be eligible to apply for admission to Skagit Valley College’s Bachelor of Applied Science - Management (BASM) degree  and, in some cases, could transfer to other schools. If you are interested in continuing your education by entering a bachelor’s degree program, please work closely with your Academic Advisor and Department Chair.

Certificate Requirements

A certificate is awarded to students who complete the following courses with a minimum C grade or above in all required coursework.

35 credits

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