Located in Covington, Ga., Georgia Piedmont Tech’s Law Enforcement Academy (LEA) is the first, and currently only, Law Enforcement Academy in the state of Georgia to be accredited by CALEA (the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies), the most widely recognized accrediting body in Public Safety. Graduates of Georgia Piedmont Tech’s Law Enforcement Academy receive their Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training POST certification as peace officers and 42 college credits towards a criminal justice degree. Qualified candidates in Georgia Piedmont Tech’s LEA program are eligible for both HOPE and PELL grants to support their training.

Our 17-week Basic Mandate program increases the training, knowledge, and understanding of the complex issues facing law enforcement today. In addition to POST Basic Law Enforcement certification, graduates of Georgia Piedmont Tech’s LEA program receive 42 semester college credits towards an associate’s degree in criminal justice.

Our program exceeds the minimum 408 required basic mandate training hours, offering 336 additional POST training hours covering such areas as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, TASER, and ASP Baton training for a total of 740 training hours.  Georgia Piedmont’s LEA opens its admissions process three times per year to join this highly competitive program.

If you are called to serve, start your career today with one of the best peace officer training programs in the country at Georgia Piedmont Tech’s Law Enforcement Academy in Covington.

Application Process for Basic Mandate

*To apply for advanced classes, please see the Advanced Classes section on the right side of this page.

Here at the Georgia Piedmont Tech Law Enforcement Academy we strive to offer the best training and education possible. In order to apply to the program you will need to meet certain requirements.

Once you submit the online application, you will be contacted by Academy staff for the next steps. Application deadlines are set approximately six weeks prior to the start of a new class.

Read requirements needed and how to apply online

Requirements Prior to Beginning Program

  • Minimum of 18 years old
  • Criminal background investigation;
    • No felony convictions
    • Or sufficient misdemeanors showing pattern of disregard for the law
    • Must possess good moral character
  • Pass medical examination
  • Proof of High School/GED graduation
  • Proof of US or naturalized citizenship
  • Valid Class C Georgia Driver’s License
  • Military Service Record (if applicable)
  • Provide Birth Certificate
  • Pass drug screen

If you are able to meet these requirements, then follow this link to submit the Academy application. You will be contacted by Academy staff for an interview.

Submit Online Application


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