Field Training and Evaluation Program

How We Train

The Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP) is a continuation of basic law enforcement training for permanent Commissioned Park Rangers. It allows trainees to take the knowledge, skills and abilities learned in the basic academy and apply them in actual field conditions under the guidance of Field Training Rangers.

Successful completion of the FTEP is a mandatory requirement in the Type I Commission process.


Program Format

Upon graduation from the Basic Academy, ranger trainees are assigned to a field training unit where they will demonstrate law enforcement competency by applying learned skills to everyday incidents.

Trainees are evaluated on a daily basis by their Field Training Ranger to measure progress towards competency.

Trainees are required to complete specific key job tasks under the guidance of his/her Field Training Ranger.

Length of Program: 11 Weeks

Eligibility: Students who graduate from the NPS Basic Academy are directly assigned as trainees to the Field Training and Evaluation Program.

Audience: National Park Service Commissioned Rangers

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