Basic Training

General Information

Basic Training General Information



Basic training forms


Basic Training Schedule

Challenge Exam Information

The Kansas Law Enforcement Training Act allows certified Kansas officers who have been inactive for more than 5 years to take an optional Challenge Examination in lieu of taking Basic Training. Additional information is available from the KLETC Registrar. If you have additional questions, please contact the KLETC Registrar at (620) 694-1400 or e-mail

You can access the Challenge Exam study packet by downloading this .pdf.


Law Enforcement Basic Training Program

The 560-hour basic law enforcement training curriculum, approved by the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers' Standards and Training, culminates an extensive law enforcement officer job task analysis and curriculum review project that began in late 2000. Recognizing in United States Supreme Court case Canton v. Harris (1989) that "adequate training" is a paramount issue in law enforcement today, KLETC staff initiated in late 2000 the most comprehensive, statewide Job Task Analysis (JTA) ever to be conducted of Kansas' law enforcement. KLETC employed a nationally recognized expert in job task analysis and basic training curriculum assessment to survey Kansas law enforcement officers (patrol officers) and their direct supervisors.

The support from the law enforcement community was tremendous. One thousand one hundred fifty-two (1152) officers representing 207 Kansas law enforcement agencies of all sizes, types and geographic locations participated. The survey participants rated various tasks with regard to frequency of performance and criticality of training. According to many of those officers completing the survey booklets it took on average, 3 to 3.5 hours to complete the survey questionnaire booklet. The survey response was overwhelming, to say the least. Ninety-six percent (96%) of the surveys were properly completed and returned for analysis. According to our consultant Kansas' response set a national response record.

The final results of that study are significant in terms of what learning objectives must be taught to law enforcement officers in a basic training program. The hours assigned to each instructional topic were derived after careful consultation with full-time, experienced Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and through consultation with Systems Design Group. The end result: A comprehensive basic law enforcement officer training program that addresses the tasks identified in the Kansas law enforcement officer job task analysis study.

KSA 74-5603 mandates that "The director (KLETC director) shall be responsible for determining the curriculum of the program, subject to such changes and modification as are directed by the law enforcement training commission." Pursuant to KSA 74-5603, the director has determined that a 560-hour basic training curriculum is necessary with all programs conducted on or after September 1, 2002. The Kansas Law Enforcement Training Commission concurred and formally adopted (by commission action in a public meeting on October 5, 2001) the basic training core curriculum and curriculum hours as determined by the director in his capacity as director of the training center. Therefore, the Commission acting pursuant to the authority granted in KSA 74-5603(b) has approved, authorized, and required 560-hours as the minimum number of hours required for full-time law enforcement basic training in Kansas.

Full-Time Basic Training Curriculum

Part-Time Basic Training Curriculum

Reciprocity Training Curriculum


LEO Eligibility

LEO Eligibility Qualifications and Law Enforcement Basic Training Program Admission

Following is some very basic information which we hope you will find beneficial about minimum police and law enforcement officer eligibility requirements and admission to a law enforcement basic training program at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) or any of KLETC's certified and authorized satellite academy programs operated by municipal, county or state agencies.

Kansas law does not permit "self-sponsorship" academy admissions. In other words, you must first be hired by a law enforcement agency before admission to KLETC or any of the certified and authorized satellite academy basic training programs

The requirements to be a law enforcement officer in Kansas are established by the legislature in KSA 74-5605. Generally, you must: 1) be a United States citizen; 2) have no felony convictions of any kind; and no conviction of certain misdemeanors, including domestic violence; 3) be a high school graduate, or the equivalent thereof; 4) be of good moral character; 5) pass psychological testing; 6) be free of any physical or mental condition which adversely affects the ability to perform the essential functions of a law enforcement officer; 7) be at least 21 years of age. Again, this is only a summary of the requirements. To read in full detail the minimum qualifications as required by Kansas law, go to (Kansas Commission on Peace Officers' Standards and Training-KSCPOST). 

There is no statutory requirement that you possess a college degree to be a law enforcement officer, but individual police agencies may have a completed degree as a required or preferred entry-level qualification. More importantly, there is strong competition for employment opportunities with higher-paying police agencies, so advance preparation to set yourself apart from other applicants may be a plus in your favor.

Once an individual is employed by a Kansas law enforcement agency, they will be enrolled by their employing agency in a basic law enforcement training program. The current KLETC basic training program is 14-weeks, 560-hours in length. New officers attending basic training are provided intense education and training in contemporary law enforcement procedures and legal topics such as constitutional law, search and seizure, interview and interrogation law, rules of evidence, warrant requirements, and use of force. Not only do new officers learn about contemporary policing in the classroom, they get to experience it in scenario-based performance outcome training practical exercises. Additionally, the 14-week course covers a myriad of other police topics such as defensive tactics, firearms, emergency vehicle driver training, communication skills, and crime scene investigation, just to name a few of the 107 topics covered.

Currently there continues to be a high demand for well-qualified individuals seeking a career in law enforcement. Please be aware that there is a vast range of beginning salaries for new Kansas law enforcement officers. Past history has reflected that police agencies that have the ability to pay higher starting salaries (and provide better benefits) typically do not have difficulty in attracting applicants. You are encouraged to contact law enforcement agencies directly to determine hiring requirements, starting salaries and recruitment opportunities.

There are many four-year universities and colleges and two-year community colleges that offer criminal justice or administration of justice degrees. While these programs do not take the place of law enforcement basic training, they do help you better understand the criminal justice profession.


Challenge Examination / Lapsed Certification

Certification Lapse

The Kansas Legislature passed K.S.A.74-5622 on May 2, 1997; it became effective May 22, 1997 and created, for the first time in Kansas, law requiring law enforcement officers to "reinstate" their certification if they leave employment as Kansas law enforcement officer for more than five years.

Specifically, K.S.A.74-5622 creates a certification lapse law which requires officers holding Kansas certification to meet one of three “reinstatement criteria” if they leave service as a Kansas officer for more than five (5) years. To reinstate certification, officers must, within one year of re-employment as a Kansas officer, successfully complete one of the following procedures:



Officers choosing this option must pass a written examination covering contemporary law enforcement procedures, law, and tactics with a minimum score of 70%. KLETC will develop and administer the examination and will make available to officers a comprehensive study material package in advance of the test date. Officers who pass the academic examination must then qualify at the KLETC Firearms Range with their duty handgun. A minimum qualification score of 70% is required.

Officers who pass the written and firearms tests will receive proof of reinstatement. Officers who fail the academic portion must attend and successfully complete a full basic training academy class to achieve reinstatement. Officers who pass the academic, but not the firearms portion, of the challenge procedure may return, with the approval of their agency head, to KLETC for not more than two further firearms training sessions; if they successfully qualify following this training, they will receive reinstatement.


Officers who do not select the “challenge” examination option may obtain reinstatement by attending and successfully completing another certified basic training program.


Officers may apply to the Kansas Commission on Peace Officer's Standards and Training (KS CPOST) for a waiver of further training. The Commission may grant a waiver to those officers who, in the opinion of the Executive Director of police training, has received sufficient training or experience that such hours of instruction at the training center would be, unless waived, unduly burdensome or duplicative.

Officers seeking such waivers must show extraordinary circumstances – such as being so closely involved with law enforcement during the period they were not active officers that they remain familiar with contemporary law enforcement procedures – to obtain a waiver of training.




Reciprocity details

The State of Kansas does have a conditional Reciprocity certification program if the law enforcement officer applicant meets certain requirements. Applicants for conditional reciprocity must be employed by a recognized Kansas law enforcement agency and cannot at the time of the reciprocity application process been out of law enforcement for more than five years. Certified law enforcement officers from another state whose basic training requirements meet or exceed the Kansas requirement during that same time period, or those eligible for certification (who have recently completed a basic training program that meets or exceeds Kansas requirements) may be eligible for conditional reciprocity. Pursuant to an inter-agency agreement with the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers' Standards and Training, the director of the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center conducts all evaluations of an individual's training regarding their eligibility for Reciprocity in Kansas.

Any applicant (at the time of making application for conditional reciprocity) who has been out of full-time law enforcement for more than 5 years is not eligible for conditional reciprocity and must attend a 14-week basic training program to gain Kansas certification.

KLETC will provide a cursory review to determine possible eligibility for conditional reciprocity. To do so requires:

1. a copy of the officer's basic training curriculum listing the course title and number of hours allocated to each topic. Course Schedules will not be evaluated in lieu of the course curriculum listing;

2. If certified in another state, provide your law enforcement employment history;

3. If certified in another state, provide a listing of all law enforcement-related continuing education & hours received since completing your basic training.

Based on a cursory review, KLETC will provide an "UNOFFICAL" preliminary determination based on the documentation submitted. KLETC will not issue any formal determination until after the formal application process is initiated and certified documentation has been received during the application process from the issuing authority. Employment with a recognized Kansas law enforcement agency must precede the formal Reciprocity application process.


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