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Ranger Academy Course Description

The Ranger Academy (AJ 203) is a 16-week, 12.5-unit basic law enforcement training program designed for Seasonal Law Enforcement Rangers preparing to work for the National Park Service or at county and regional parks.

The Academy is conducted at SRJC's Public Safety Training Center in Windsor, CA. The curriculum is aligned with National Park Service requirements and instructors are often working Rangers. Students train five days per week in modern facilities including an indoor firing range, driver training track, and a full-scale scenario village and campground, providing realistic settings for hands-on learning. Students are evaluated with supportive feedback in constitutional and criminal law, behavioral science, park patrol and enforcement, driving, firearms, and officer safety.

SRJC's Ranger Academy was the first of its kind. Since 1978 when the National Park Service first set seasonal ranger training standards, SRJC has hosted 127 classes with more than 3200 graduates. Please call us if you want to get started in this rewarding program.

Congratulations Graduating Class 129! ~~ April 2015
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Fall 2015 Dates: September 8 to December 11, 2015
Spring 2016 Dates: January 12-April 29, 2016

California Resident Cost (estimate): $2137
Out of State Resident Cost (estimate): $4597

Course costs include all required fees: registration, ammunition, driver training, handouts, and health services. Course Costs do not include parking fees, room and board, or uniforms.

Any person who has not been a California resident for one year prior to the first day of the semester in which he or she will attend is required to pay out-of-state fees.

Link to Financial Aid homepage:
Link to BOG fee waiver information:


When registering, do not pay for parking or the Associated Student fee. You will purchase parking on the first day of class for $50 dollars (cash or check only).

Days and Hours

Classes are conducted Tuesday through Saturday from 8am to 5pm with additional evening and weekend sessions. Examinations are given each week on the material covered during the week. Optional orientation for the Fall 2015 Academy is scheduled for Sat, August 29, 2015 from 10am-12pm in the Student Lounge (building 300).

New Student Resources

Academic Preparation

National Park Service Medical Standards

SLETP Trainee Standards Handbook

Uniform Requirements

Required Recruit Pre-arrival Questionnaire

Required Medical Clearance

Federal Physical Fitness Standards

Community of Ranger Academies

Housing Resources

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Minimum Requirements

The prerequisites for the Seasonal Law Enforcement Ranger Program include a valid driver's license, a successful criminal history check, and good physical health and conditioning. To register for the course, use the link at the bottom of this page marked "Apply & Register", then explore the Steps for New Students information. You are required to file an online application (at no cost) and obtain your student ID# and PIN in order to register once the course is open. Information on registration priorities, financial aid, learning disabilities, student housing choices, veteran's assistance, and other student services are also available on the below linked SRJC sites.

Ranger Academy students must formally prove that they do not have a serious criminal record. This is required to ensure suitability for law enforcement work and the ability to legally possess and train with firearms. For California students a letter from the California Depart of Justice stating a clear criminal history must be obtained through the "live scan" fingerprint process. The following website has additional information: Students from states other than California should seek a similar fingerprint-based criminal history record service in their area. Registered students must provide this verification prior to the start of training.


There is no on-campus housing available. For off-campus housing information, please visit the Santa Rosa Junior College's Student Off-Campus Housing Assistance website:


The Ranger Academy is conducted at the Public Safety Training Center. The Training Center is located at 5743 Skylane Blvd, Windsor, CA 95492. Map: For information on seasonal work with the National Park Service go to

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Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

If you need disability related accommodations for this class, such as a note-taker, test-taking services, special furniture, etc., please provide the Authorization for Academic Accommodations (AAA) letter from the Disability Resources Department (DRD) to the instructor as soon as possible. You may also speak with the instructor privately during office hours about your accommodations. If you have not received authorization from DRD, it is recommended that you contact them directly. DRD is located in Analy Village on the Santa Rosa campus (phone (707) 527-4278) and in Jacobs Hall on the Petaluma campus (phone (707) 778-2491). SRJC DRD website: