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Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)

The maximum transfer credit award possible from this specific internal recommendation is 27 semester hours (SH); individual transfer credit award will vary based on the requirements of a student's selected degree program, any additional documents submitted for transfer credit evaluation (TCE), and the University's TCE policies.

Any credit awarded from this internal recommendation is considered nontraditional transfer credit.


Undergraduate students must be pursuing one of the following programs at the University:

  • Any undergraduate level degree program

Students are most likely to maximize their transfer credit award if they are pursuing the following program:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a General concentration


  • A student has met the terms of the agreement and is eligible for possible TCE review if they completed a Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) course and they have not yet had an Initial TCE completed.
  • If an Initial TCE has already been prepared and the student completed a POST course on or after February 12, 2009, after the official evaluation was completed, they can send in the updated paperwork. A TCE Update Request Form must also be submitted to initiate the review process. 
  • If a student changes their degree program, they are eligible for a review of their POST course for possible transfer credit.
  • If a student has already had an Initial TCE completed, their documentation has already been reviewed, and no additional paperwork is to be submitted, they are NOT eligible for this internal policy.

Students must send in a copy of their POST course certificate of completion along with a TCE Application. The certificate must include the course completion date(s) and must indicate "POST" or "Peace Officer Standards and Training" directly on the certificate. If it does not, students must also submit a letter from the training facility stating that the student completed their POST certified course, including the date(s) of completion. The dates on the certificate and the letter must match for the student to be eligible for TCE review under this internal policy.

Students may only receive transfer credit for ONE POST course or Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) course. Any additional POST or BLET course is considered duplicate - even if completed through a different organization or in a different state - and will NOT be awarded any additional transfer credit.

Documentation of successful completion may make a student eligible for the following transfer credit recommendations depending on their specific undergraduate degree program requirements: 

APUS Transfer Credit RecommendationAPUS Semester Hours
CMRJ101 - Evidence and Procedures3 SH
CMRJ203 - Patrol Methodologies and Community Policing3 SH
LSTD302 - Criminal Law

3 SH

Elective Credit3 SH
Additional credit may be awarded for POST courses exceeding 400 contact hours
Elective CreditUp to 15 SH *

* Additional credit award is determined by the following mathematical equation:
(# of POST course hours greater than 400 x 0.25) / 15 = APUS Semester Hours
The resulting APUS SH are rounded down to the nearest whole number when awarded.

Please note:

This internal recommendation policy is valid for the programs listed which may be reviewed each catalog year and credit recommendations may change if the programs or internal recommendation policies are altered and/or re-evaluated.