The Municipal Police Officers' Training Academy is certified by the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Commission (MPOETC). According to the MPOETC website, 25 schools and training centers in Pennsylvania are certified to provide ACT 120 training (www.mpoetc.state.pa.us).
10 ACT 120 Schools
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*|
|Community College of Beaver County||Monaca, PA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate||$5,970 in-district; $11,430 in-state; $16,890 out-of-state|
|Delaware County Community College||Media, PA||2-year, Public||Certificate||$5,520 in-district; $9,390 in-state|
|Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center||Johnstown, PA||<2-year, Public||Diploma||$4,782|
|Harrisburg Area Community College||Harrisburg, PA||2-year, Public||Associate||$6,683 in-district; $7,935 in-state; $9,435 out-of-state|
|Indiana University of Pennsylvania||Indiana, PA||4-year, Public||Certificate||$12,979 in-state; $18,730 out-of-state|
|Lackawanna College||Scranton, PA||2-year, Private not-for-profit||Certificate||$15,660|
|Mansfield University||Mansfield, PA||4-year, Public||Certificate||$12,330 in-state; $22,030 out-of-state|
|Montgomery County Community College||Blue Bell, PA||2-year, Public||Diploma||$5,730 in district; $10,350 in-state|
|Temple University||Philadelphia, PA||4-year, Public||Certificate||$16,970 in-state; $29,066 out-of-state|
|Westmoreland County Community College||Youngwood, PA||2-year, Public||Certificate||$5,214 in-district;; $9,348 in-state; $13,338 out-of-state|
Source: National Center for Education Statistics
Criteria for selecting an ACT 120
Consider the following when choosing an ACT 120 program school:
- Smaller towns will have programs available; however, look into applying in larger cities, where there is a greater need for officers.
- Consider applying to one of the 11 colleges or universities with an ACT 120 program if you are interested in receiving college credit and possibly continuing your education in a field such as law or criminal justice.
- Most ACT 120 programs offer a full-time or part-time option with evening and weekend classes.
- Some schools offer financial aid for the training program, while others typically offer a payment plan.
ACT 120 Certification Program Overview
ACT 120 is a 750-hour program that can be taken at a cooperating university or a police department training center and can be completed in five months. After completing the ACT 120 training program, students are prepared to find employment with a Pennsylvania police department. Some of the classes can be taken for college credit.
ACT 120 prepares students for a life in the police force and many colleges and universities have certification programs. If considering a career in a criminal justice or law, attending a college or university may provide the best overall experience.