Does anyone know how reputable the training is at UMass Amherst for the Conservation Law Enforcement Training Academy (400 hours)? Does the training have any physical fitness requirements, if so what are they? (Can't find anything on the website) Anyone know how successful the graduates are from this self payed/sponsored academy to obtain federal employment? Thanks in advance for the help. Info from site: Session: CPE Non-credit (8/22-3/23) Meets: In-Person, Class Dates for the 2011-12 Program: Four full weeks & alternating weekends, all in person. 1st full week: Aug. 22 (1st day of class) - Aug 26, 2011, M-F 8 am-5 pm. Weekends: Saturday & Sunday: Sept. 10-11, 24-25; Oct. 8-9, 22-23; Nov. 5-6, 19-20; Dec. 3-4, 17-18 2nd & 3rd full weeks: M-Sa: Jan 2-7 and 9-14, 2012, M-W 8 am-6 pm, both weeks Weekends: Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 28-29; Feb. 11-12, 25-26; March 10-11, 2012 Last full week: M-F, March 19-23 8 am-5 pm (Spring UMass break) Time: Varies depending on the lesson plan - most will be 8 am-5 pm with occasional evening sessions & additional work required outside of classroom time. Fee: $3,494.00 (Flat fee, Non credit credits) 38372, Lecture 1 Textbook information, if available, may be found by searching for this class in SPIRE using the 5-digit class number shown above. Once the class has been located, click on Restrictions/Notes and scroll down to the Textbook/Other Materials section. Instructor: John Lynch Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Enrollment begins July 20th The nationally respected training program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is accredited by the National Park Service. Our 400-hour program is taught in person only in Hadley, Mass. All instructors have many years of experience in natural resource law enforcement. More than 575 students have graduated from this program, and many have found employment with NPS: law enforcement: and others were hired as conservation officers at state parks, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and with state fish and game departments. Curriculum: Instruction and certificates are offered in topics including: Law Enforcement Techniques, Firearms Training, Detention and Arrest, Defensive Tactics, Crime Scene Management, Search and Seizure, Accident Investigation, Federal Law and the U.S. Code and Constitutional Law, Patrol Procedures, Defensive Driving and Pursuit Driving, Pepper Spray. For more information please email: CLETP@contined.umass.edu or call 413-545-2484.