Certification by Waiver

As of January 1, 2017 the Certification by Waiver training requirements have changed to a minimum 80 hour curriculum that must include;

  1. Ethics and sexual harassment – eight hours;
  2. Search and seizure – 16 hours;
  3. New Mexico legal block – 16 hours
  4. Dealing with the mentally ill (HB 93) – eight hours;
  5. Use of force, response to resistance, and training simulator – 16 hours;
  6. Domestic violence and human trafficking – eight hours;
  7. Reality based training scenarios – four hours;
  8. Administrative time – one hour;
  9. Law enforcement officers certification exam – three hours;

80 hours of academy accredited training is required for successful completion of the certification by waiver of previous training course.

Click here for a copy NMAC

Click here for a copy of the LEA CBW 80 hour Accreditation sheet

Certification By Waiver Class Schedule:

CBW 91 – March 6 – 17, 2017

CBW 92 – June 5 – 16, 2017

CBW 93 – November 6 – 17, 2017

CBW 94 – March 5 – 16, 2018

CBW 95 – June 4 – 15, 2018

CBW 96 – November 5 – 16, 2018

LEOCE Challenge:

For those wanting to challenge the exam, you must be compliant with the current Biennium/ In-Service training cycle

In addition your CBW part I and Part II packets must be complete and approved prior to challenging the exam.


Challange Examination Dates – All testing times are 1:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. The challenge exam is given by appointment only. Please verify eligibility and confirm a test date with Joaquin Nielsen at (505) 827-9276. Those who do not have confirmation will not be allowed to take the exam.A waiver process to become a certified peace officer in the State of New Mexico exists for those individuals whom the Board has previously certified but whose certification has become inactive or for those individuals who have functioned as a peace officer in another state or with the federal government whose training and experience substantially conform to the basic course curriculum of New Mexico.

Recommended Study Materials

Every applicant for certification by waiver of previous training must meet all qualifications and requirements as established in New Mexico statues and New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Board administrative rules. Any previously certified New Mexico peace officer must attend the Certification by Waiver program if they have been out of commissioned law enforcement for more than two (2) years without six (6) consecutive months of service. Any applicant who has not been employed as a full-time law enforcement officer for a period in excess of eight (8) years must attend the basic police officer training program to become certified.

The Director may consider the applicant’s certified law enforcement experience and give credit of 40 hours per year for each year of service, up to but not to exceed ten (10) years, for a total of 400 hours and, the applicant will receive credit for advanced training, up to but not to exceed 400 hours. Applicant experience and training must be equivalent to the current minimum standards of training curriculum in effect at the time of application, which is currently 675 hours, unless such deficiencies are covered in the Certification by Waiver Program.

The Certification by Waiver of Previous Training requirements were amended at the July 24, 2012 NMLEA Board meeting. The new requirements are: 10.29.6 NMAC