You no longer have to have college credit requirements to become a state police officer in Pennsylvania. Governor Josh Shapiro says he hopes that change will open up state police careers to more candidates. The governor and other state officials announced Monday that the change went into effect immediately. Previously, academy applicants had to have 60 college credits. Some of that requirement could be waived with previous law or military experience. Applicants still need a high school diploma or GED and need to be between 21 and 40. Candidates also still have to pass a rigorous background check and physical and mental exams.