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Basic Peace Officer Requirements





Basic Peace Officer #277 (Day) 700 May 5, 2014 - August 26, 2014
Basic Peace Officer #278 (Night) 700 August 11, 2014 - March 26, 2015
Basic Peace Officer #279 (Day) 700 August 18, 2014 - December 10, 2014

Basic Peace Officer Licensing courses are conducted at the University of Houston-Downtown, Criminal Justice Training Center:

Morning Courses Meet Monday thru Friday from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM, *3 Driving Labs
Day Courses Meet Monday thru Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM, *3 Driving Labs
Evening Courses Meet Monday thru Friday from 6:00 PM to 10:30 PM, *3 Driving Labs

*Driving Labs are held on Saturdays, dates vary for each Basic Peace Officer Training Class


Tuition for the Basic Peace Officer course is $2,000.00. The Tuition will include the student's Class A Uniforms, Physical Training Uniforms, Books, Insurance and Background Investigation. All enrollees are required to make a $300.00 payment on the first day of class. To enroll in the Basic Peace Officer Certification Program all applicants must fill out and return the application along with the additional NON-REFUNDABLE $50.00 registration fee. This fee does not apply to the $2.000.00 course fee. This fee is required in order to reserve a position in the training program. Reservations are accepted on a first come / first serve basis. If you are unable to attend your "reserved" class, your reservation fee may be credited to a future class upon your request, within one year.


The Criminal Justice Training Center has two payment plans available for the Basic Peace Officer Certification Program:

  • Promissory note filled out on the first day of class with the balance of the course tuition paid by the course mid-term.
  • Course paid in full on the first day of class.
  • For qualified Veterans - GI Bill

Mailing Address

University of Houston-Downtown
One Main Street - Commerce Building C.112
Houston, TX 77002-1001


UHD accepts Master Card / VISA / Discover / Cashier's Check / Money Order



Require Documents

On your first day of class you will need to have the following items completed and ready to run in:

  • L-2 Medical Screening Form/L-3 Psychological Evaluation
  • TCLOSE - TCLC - form submitted
  • A complete fingerprint criminal history check from the Texas Department of Public Safety. This must be done before your first day/night of class
  • Medical Screening Form (Form AE-6)
  • Certified copy of birth certificate
  • High school diploma or G.E.D.*
  • Copy of valid driver's license or identification card
  • If you are a military veteran your DD214 discharge papers**.

* If you have a G.E.D. you will need to show proof of 12 college hours or proof of military experience.
** If you are a veteran you will need to have copies of all transcripts from other schools.


The University of Houston-Downtown Applied Business & Technology Department, 7th floor, is the new Houston location for Electronic testing for TCLOSE exams. To reserve a seat for your test please call (713) 221-8032 or (713) 221-8478. The Peace Officer exam fee is $25.00 with a reservation and $35.00 "walk-in". You must have a "Letter of Eligibility" and a Photo I.D. in order to test.

Last updated or reviewed on 3/7/14

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