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Ranger Academy Certificate Public Safety Total Units: 17.5
This program is currently inactive. Catalog rights may apply, see a counselor for more information.

Term Effective: Fall 2019


This program is currently on hiatus.

The Ranger Academy Certificate of Achievement prepares the student to work in a national park, wildlife refuge or other recreation area as a law enforcement officer. The curriculum includes a broad spectrum of federal statutes along with enforcement strategies and protocols. It further includes defensive tactics, firearms, and all subjects required by the U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service for commission as a Seasonal Law Enforcement Ranger. Santa Rosa Junior College is authorized by the U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service to issue this certificate. Individuals who complete the program and receive the certificate may obtain a commission authorizing employment as a Seasonal Law Enforcement Ranger from the U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service.

Employment in this field is expected to increase faster than the average of all occupations through 2010. A more security conscious society concerned about crime and criminal behavior has increased the demand for National Park Service Rangers.

Certification Note:
Some public safety positions have legal requirements and background qualifications. Certain criminal violations may disqualify a candidate for certification. Contact the Public Safety Department for more information.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify, define and demonstrate basic tasks of peace officers;
  2. identify, classify, and apply appropriate provisions of federal and state law related to peace officers;
  3. perform and document complete preliminary investigations assigned to peace officers; and
  4. demonstrate the physical skills needed to perform the tasks of a peace officer in the areas of driving, shooting and defensive tactics.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Ranger Academy Certificate program are:

  • Complete 17.5 units from
    • Ranger Academy Requirements

Ranger Academy Requirements - complete 17.50 units
AJ 203ARanger Academy Orientation0.25
AJ 203BRanger Academy17.25

Term Effective: Fall 2019

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2022

Previous Versions:

Ranger Academy - effective Summer 2012
Ranger Academy - effective Fall 2005
Ranger Academy - effective Fall 1999

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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