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Corrections: If you have completed the Michigan Department of Corrections academy you are eligible to waive up to five WSCC courses (15 credits) toward a corrections degree.  Credits are awarded when you apply for graduation.

    There are no waivers of police academy training available for corrections training. 

Fire: Most Michigan Fire Fighter training does not transfer or qualify for a waiver of any academy training.  The only except is some medical training (see below).

Medical: If you hold a valid Michigan medical license (MFR, EMT, Paramedic, etc.) you may be eligible to waive the first aid training required for the academy.  This waiver varies by academy and must be approved by the state of Michigan.

Military: If you had arrest powers in a branch of the military you generally do not need to obtain a degree to be a police officer in Michigan.  Individual police departments may require a college degree or any other standard above the state's minimum.

While military training is often helpful in obtaining employment, there are no waivers available for military training, and veterans must still take the entire academy curriculum.


  • You will have to meet the state's standards for police candidates regardless of which academy you attend.

  • If you have a felony conviction or a domestic violence conviction you cannot work as a police officer in Michigan.

  • Any background issues can make it difficult to obtain employment after the academy.  If you have misdemeanor convictions, traffic tickets or credit trouble you could pass the academy screening but have difficulty in the job market when you are competing with candidates who do not have those background issues.

  • Police departments cite communication skills as the top requirement for police officers.  This includes speaking to a wide variety of people and extensive writing.  If your writing or speaking skills are poor -- or if you just don't like to write or talk to people -- you should choose another field.