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FAQ

How long does the certification process take to complete after an application is submitted ?
If the documentation submitted is complete and does not have to be returned for additional information or correction, the certification process will take between seven to ten business days.

Will the certification process be faster if the application and documents for certification are hand delivered to the Commission office?
NO, door service delays the overall processing of applications. Applications are processed in the order received. 

If an applicant for MPO Certification has been arrested for DUI and ultimately given ARD, can he or she still become a police officer?
Yes, but the arrest and disposition must still be listed on the application in the section requesting arrest history information.

Is there an expiration date for the Act 120 Training?
No, police academy training does not expire; however if significant changes are made to the basic police curriculum to include additional courses, an applicant may be required to complete additional courses.

When an officer resigns, retires or is terminated from a police department, should the Commission receive notification?
Yes, a Change of Status Notice SP8-502 (9-2004) is REQUIRED listing the date of separation on the appropriate line. Completed forms require the department to return the MPOETC certification card that had been issued to the officer.  The information can also be entered through the website www.mpoetc.state.pa.us  and the ID card mailed to MPOETC accompanied by the confirmation page from your web entry.

Can the same physical and psychological exams given to applicants to attend the Act 120 training be used for police officer employment?
No, the physical examination and psychological evaluation required for entering the police academy can not be used for employment.
     
What are the minimum requirements for a background investigation?
A background investigation shall include, minimally, a criminal history check, a credit check, personal interviews to determine a five year work history for the applicant, and any other applicable means of determining the individual’s suitability for employment as a police officer.

Is it possible for a police officer from another state to obtain a waiver of training and become certified as a police officer in Pennsylvania?
Yes, the Commission will accept training from another state after you obtain employment or offer of employment as a police officer in Pennsylvania, providing you can supply documentation to the Commission that you were/are certified by that state and were employed as a full-time police officer. If you meet the aforementioned standard, you will be required to take a certification exam. Passing the exam determines eligibility for a waiver of training. You have three opportunities to successfully pass the certification exam.

What are some other web sites where I can find out more information about becoming an officer?

How much does the Act 120 certification program cost?
Tuition is $4,171, which includes books and materials but not uniforms. Uniforms will be $235 for the basic package.