Temple University offers a National Park Service Park Ranger Law Enforcement Academy (PRLEA) and a Certificate in National Park Service Management. Temple’s PRLEA is a full-time, 18-week program consisting of more than 700 hours of instruction designed to prepare and enable students to obtain employment with the National Park Service as a Seasonal Type II law enforcement ranger.
The PRLEA is part of the Criminal Justice Training Programs, a division of the Temple University Department of Criminal Justice.
Temple’s PRLEA curriculum places particular emphasis on the following:
- Visitor and Resource Protection
- Federal Law and Procedure
- Authority and Jurisdiction
- Natural and Cultural Resource Management
- Officer Safety
- Survival Skills
- Physical Conditioning
Upon successful completion of the program, students are awarded academic credit and a certificate of completion.
Basic eligibility requirements:
- Must be a minimum twenty-one (21) years of age, by the time of SLETP completion
- Must be a U.S. Citizen (males must be registered with the selective service)
- Must hold a valid driver’s license
- Provide proof of private health insurance
- Meet medical and psychological fitness standards and provide proof of medical clearance to participate in physical activities.
- Provide criminal and driver’s history checks
- Submit professional letters of reference
- Possess a minimum of forty-five (45) college credits successfully completed by start of the program (Prior military service with honorable discharge may be substituted)
- Agree to adhere to all program performance and conduct standards
- Submit a completed, signed application
Please see Temple’s PRLEA webpage for more details.
Park Ranger Law Enforcement Academy Background
The Association of National Park Rangers (ANPR) developed the Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program, now called the Park Ranger Law Enforcement Academy, in 1977 to:
Prepare the seasonal ranger to perform law enforcement in areas administered by the National Park Service. The training program is offered at various venues across the country. The core required program consists of over 650 class hours and lasts on average 17 weeks. Some programs may offer additional add-on classes to increase your potential for hire with the NPS.
A successful graduate becomes eligible to receive a Type II law enforcement commission once a background investigation, drug testing and medical screening has been completed. Questions regarding medical standards and physical fitness standards can be found in the Important Student Information on the left hand side of this page.
Once commissioned as a U.S. Park Ranger, the Ranger is authorized to carry firearms, make arrests, investigate crimes and assist in the execution of warrants as per NPS policy.
The cost of each school’s program is set by the administration of that school. Prospective students should personally contact the directors of the schools being considered and inquire as to the availability of housing and meals, as well as the tuition costs and any additional fees for ammunition, targets or other items.