Department of Criminal Justice Studies


P.O.S.T. Skills

The Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Board licenses more than 10,000 active peace officers and 250 active part-time peace officers.

Officers must complete four steps to licensing as well as meet minimum selection standards.

1. Academic

The board has authorized St. Cloud State's academic program for 30 years.

2. First Responder

Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB)-approved First Responder level or higher certification.

3. Skills 

To participate you must:

  • Complete CJS 111, 421, 422, and 431 as an undergraduate or CJS 521, 522, 531 and 601 as a graduate student.
  • Earn a 2.65 grade point average
  • Complete each of the 10 liberal education goal areas with a minimum of 60 credits (this is equivalent to an AA degree).
  • Earn your First Responder or higher certification.
  • Meet the fall deadline for consideration of admission to the next summer program. Watch for a signup sheet during fall semester from your academic advisor or the Undergraduate Academic Advising Center. Also check notices posted in halls, near classrooms or in your email.
  • Stop by the Academic Advising Center (SH 222) and speak with the Skills Graduate Assistant.
  • Fill out and process a consortium agreement if you plan to use financial aid toward your skills training. Forms are in the CJS Advising Center.

4. Licensing

Potential peace officers also must pass the P.O.S.T. licensing test.

Selection standards

The board also requires that local agencies apply minimum selection standards when hiring peace officers. Applicants must:

  • Be a United States citizen.
  • Possess a valid Minnesota driver's license.
  • Complete a comprehensive written application.
  • Never have been convicted of a felony.
  • Never have been convicted under Minnesota Statutes, section 609.224, 609.2242, 609.231, 609.2325, 609.233, 609.2335, 609.234, 609.324, 609.465, 609.466, 609.52, or 609.72, subdivision 3; as well as never been convicted under any state or federal narcotics or controlled substance laws or any similar law of another state or federal law.
  • Submit to a thorough background investigation.
  • Pass a thorough physical examination.
  • Pass a psychological examination by a licensed psychologist.
  • Pass a physical strength and agility exam to measure job-related skills.
  • Pass a written examination to demonstrate mental skills.
  • Pass an oral examination to demonstrate job-related communication skills.

Hiring agencies may apply additional standards and may determine mental and physical standards for its personnel.

John D. Baker, J.D. is the PPOE Coordinator for the Department of Criminal Justice Studies.