Basic Law Enforcement Equivalency Academy
The Basic Equivalency process is 80 hours in length, and represents an alternative challenge to the regular Academy program. It is available to previously certified officers upon the request of the respective agency head. The academy is classroom based, and will cover the following topics:
- Criminal procedures
- Criminal law
- Crisis Intervention Training
- Defensive tactics (classroom presentations only)
Upon successful completion of the academy, the Basic Law Enforcement Equivalency certificate places the recipient in the same stead as if he/she had successfully completed the regular academy program.
Who can attend our classes?This academy is open to previously certified law enforcement officers that meet the requirements of WAC 139-05-210.
Attendees are expected to attend in their agency’s regular-issue patrol/duty uniform (including duty belt and weapon).
Upon hire, officers of mandated agencies who qualify for equivalency must attend the first available session following their date of hire per WAC 139-05-210.
- Mandated agencies consist of: City, County, State Universities, Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, and Railroad
- Non mandated agencies include: Tribal Police, Gambling Commission, Liquor & Cannabis Board, WA State Parks & Recreation, Arson Investigators, DNR and Reserves.
Typically, the BLEEA is attended by:
- Fully commissioned peace officers who have attained commissioned law enforcement status by completing a basic training program in this or another state
- Persons whose peace officer certification has lapsed because of a break in service for more than twenty-four months but less than sixty months.
- To read the full list of who qualifies for equivalency, see WAC 139-05-210.
The CJTC Equivalency Reciprocity Summary outlines the recognized academies of other states, and the conditions that must be met. In addition, it also includes information on recognized Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC).
BLEEA classes are typically held 0800 to 1630 Monday through Friday.
The number of BLEEA classes held per year will vary each year depending on legislative decisions and funding. The schedules below outline all classes approved for the specified fiscal year.
Please note: These schedules are subject to change without notice. Training Officers must read selection notices carefully to ensure they have the correct dates.
- View our 2021 Fiscal Year class schedule.
CancellationAgency's wishing to cancel an applicant must notify the registrar via phone or email.
To register an applicant for the Basic Law Enforcement Equivalency Academy, the following forms must be completed and submitted together. Partial applications will not be accepted, and will not serve as a placeholder for a class.
- BLEEA application page
- Copy of certificate from previous basic training program completed
Before day one of the academy, the remaining forms listed below must be submitted. Applicants with incomplete application packets will not be allowed to attend class on day one.
- Basic Handgun Qualification
- Statement of Fitness
- Student Liability Release
Application packets must be emailed to the registrar at email@example.com.
All forms are available for download below.