​​Minnesota is unique in its licensing system for peace officers. Most other states retain some form of academy training followed by certification of the individual officer. Minnesota requires those aspiring to work in law enforcement to complete an educational program and pass a state board exam. Licensing itself only occurs when eligible candidates are appointed to a peace officer position and certain selection standards are met. Licensing is a cooperative process between the POST Board, the hiring agency and the candidate.

​For information about becoming eligible for peace officer licensure click on the Becoming an Officer tab above.