The East Texas Police Academy offers both pre-service and in-service training for telecommunicators. In addition to offering the Basic Telecommunicator Certification Course, ETPA offers NCIC/TCIC access courses for both Full and Less-Than-Full access users, as well as numerous communications specific training courses.
2020 BTOC offerings are pending final scheduling. If you need the BTOC course, please contact our office.
TCOLE rule §217.1, Minimum Standards for Enrollment and Initial Licensure, now requires that in order for you to attend certain classes, academies must maintain documentation of a student's status as either a licensed officer or a non-licensed individual who has the necessary credentials to qualify them to be licensed by the Commission.
Effective 08/12/2019, all applicants must complete the ETPA Licensing Course Applicant Declaration Page.
If you're scheduled to attend a BTOC, please contact our office to obtain an application packet.
Personal History Statement
Pursuant to a new TCOLE Rule, all students seeking entry to any licensing course must complete a Personal History Statement. While the information may be identical, we require all applicants to compete the ETPA provided PHS.
Fingerprints: If you are not a currently employed TCOLE Licensee, you must go through the FAST System for your fingerprints.
TCOLE Rules Test:
All applicants must complete the free online TCOLE rules overview course, and score a 100% on the online exam prior to the first day of class. TCOLE rules require students to score a 100% on the rules overview exam before being eligible to sit for the licensing exam. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that they have met this requirement and are eligible to sit for the licensing exam. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 903.983.8663.
TCOLE Licensing Exam Information:
ETPA does have a state-exam license and does offer the licensing exam. The cost is $30 per student. Click HERE for more information.
Notices: (1.) ETPA reserves the right to cancel, prior to the first day of class, any scheduled basic county corrections course due to low enrollment; and (2.) please be advised that ETPA does not participate in the WIA (“Workers Investment Act”) Program.