Park Ranger Training Program
to Northern Arizona University’s Park Ranger Training Program (PRTP), one of only a few nationally accredited programs that provide the training required to work as a seasonal park ranger in law enforcement in the National Park Service. Upon graduation from the program, students receive a “Certificate of Completion” issued by the National Park Service. This certificate is also recognized by other land management agencies.
The Park Ranger Training Program is accredited by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation (FLETA) Board. This accreditation provides assurance that the program meets or exceeds a set of standards that have been collectively established by the federal law enforcement training community and the National Park Service.
Since 1998, more than 650 students have completed the NAU PRTP program.
The program is offered in the fall and spring semesters with classes generally meeting all day, at least five days per week. There are several night and weekend sessions that are required. Fitness training is conducted three days per week in NAU’s new multi-million dollar Health and Learning Center.
The program is offered with the following options:
· College Credit Option: 12 credit hours that can be used toward a bachelor’s degree. This is the preferred option for students that are working toward a degree or that may be considering a degree. This option requires admission to NAU and the cost is at the current full-time tuition rate.
· Non-Credit Option: This option is best for those that already have an undergraduate degree. The cost is $4500.
Applications are accepted on a continual basis. Selections for the fall semester (August-November) are generally made in May and selections for the spring semester (January-April) are determined in September. There is a high demand for the program and early applications are encouraged. The class size is limited to 26 students.
For more information, call Mark Maciha at 928-523-8242.
PRTP 2013-2014 Tentative Dates
Spring 2013 - January 15 to April 26
Fall 2013 – August 28 to November 20
Spring 2014 - January 14 to April 25
Fall 2014 – August 26 to November 24
“If a trail is to be blazed, send a ranger, if an animal is floundering in the snow, send a ranger, if a bear is in a hotel, send a ranger, if a fire threatens a forest, send a ranger, and if someone needs to be saved, send a ranger.”
Stephen T. Mather, First Director of the National Park Service
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