Park Ranger Training Program
Welcome 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 federal and state 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 850 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 also 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.
Students interested in pursuing a Park and Recreation Management Bachelor of Science degree in conjunction with the PRTP have a three-year campus or distance education plan.
The program is offered with the following options:
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 Dr. Mark Maciha at 928-523-8242.
PRTP Tentative Program Dates
Fall 2018 – August 13 to November 16
Spring 2019 - January 7 to April 19
Fall 2019 – August 12 to November 22
Spring 2020 - January 6 to April 24
Fall 2020 - August 10 to November 20
Spring 2021 - January 4 to April 23
Fall 2021 - August 9 to November 19
Spring 2022 - January 3 to April 22
Fall 2022 - August 15 to November 18
*Note: The program is presented in a blended (combination of on-line and classroom) format. The on-line segments typically start two weeks prior to the start of the in-person schedule noted above.
“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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