Sac Sheriff

Training Academy

Public hours:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday - Friday

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office currently offers P.O.S.T. Certified Basic Academies.

The Academy is approximately 24 weeks in length and consists of 956 hours of training. Class instruction is generally held either Monday – Thursday from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM or Tuesday-Friday from 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM, with some weekend and night sessions. Upon successful completion, recruits receive a Certificate of Completion for a P.O.S.T. Basic Course, which can be used to apply for employment with most law enforcement agencies within the state of California.

Testing and Selection Process


The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office accepts T-Scores of 42 or higher.

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Academy accepts T-Scores from PELLETB tests administered by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office or taken through other law enforcement agencies in California. To apply for the Deputy Sheriff Recruit position, you must have taken the PELLETB within one (1) year of the application date. To apply for the Non-Affiliate Recruit position, you must have taken the PELLETB within two (2) years of the Academy start date. If you have a qualifying T-Score of 42 or higher from agency other than the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, you may send a copy of your official T-Score notification to to be considered.

For information about FREE PELLETB Workshops and Webinars, go to:


PELLET B testing is offered monthly. Applicants may only take the PELLETB once every 31 days.


For our PAT practice schedule, view our Recruiting Calendar.

Pre-Employment Questionnaires

Pre-Employment Questionnaires will be provided to all applicants who pass the Physical Ability Test and must be completed and returned to staff prior to leaving the exam site.

The most-desirable applicants, based on this process, will be selected to move forward in the selection process. Candidates will be notified of their selection status by email.

NOTE: Every attempt has been made to update the information contained herein. However, there are always unforeseen testing/selection related process changes that occur. For that reason, we encourage all applicants to contact staff directly at before attending listed test dates, traveling great distances for listed test dates, and/or to verify application and testing deadlines.

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