As I've said, your chances of being hired for a job are exactly 0% if you don't apply.I work for a non-cs pd that had not put anyone through an academy in 15 years. Although every opening clearly states that academy trained candidates are strongly preferred, non-certified candidates can apply. I know of several very strong non-trained candidates that did not apply to a recent round of several openings a couple of years ago because the "knew" that they did not have a shot. After the town received the applications, all of the certified applicants had weak backgrounds. We ended up putting people through the academy. Several strong candidates who were town residents were upset becasue they did not apply becasue they assumed they wouldn't get through the first round.