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Vermont Police Academy Certification and Training Program

Becoming a Certified Police Officer in Vermont

Are you interested in becoming a Police Officer in Vermont?  We recommend you begin exploring this option by visiting a police department you are interested in working for.  Talk with them about opportunities.  Go on a ride-along.  If you decide this is a career you would like to pursue, apply with a department and they may send you to the Vermont Police Academy to take the Written Entrance Exam, the MMPI (psychological inventory), and possibly the PT or Physical Testing (depending on which type of certification you wish to pursue and department policy). Having a college degree is strongly encouraged by many agencies.

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To be a Law Enforcement Officer in the State of Vermont, you must be certified by the Criminal Justice Training Council. To become certified, you must participate in Entrance Testing and upon passing, attend either the Level III Basic Training Academy Program or the Level I & II  Academy Program. If you are already certified as an officer in another state and want to work in Vermont, you may be interested in learning more about our Waiver Process.

To maintain certification, Level III officers must have a minimum of 30 hours of in-service training each year, which includes firearms re-qualification and use of force training under the supervision of a Council-certified firearms instructor, first aid training (unless currently certified in first aid), and biennial Council-certified domestic violence training.

Training Programs

Courses are added regularly, so check back often.

Level III Basic Training (Formerly Full-Time Basic Training)

Level I & II Basic Training (Formerly Part-Time Basic Training)

In-Service Training

Instructor Training

Online Training Opportunities

Other Conferences & Workshops

Waiver Process

Military Waivers

Out-of-Jurisdiction Waivers

Rule-13 Waivers

Administrative/Medical Waivers


Current Course Offerings

Questions or Problems?

Things You Should Know

  • The Vermont Police Academy has transitioned to an online service for training course registration. Unless otherwise noted in the course description you will click on the button in the course description to register for a course.
  • Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis unless otherwise noted.
  • We require a minimum number of registrants to hold a course. If the minimum number is not reached within 15 days before the course is scheduled to begin, we will be forced to cancel. Whenever practical, we will attempt to inform you of cancellations by telephone (typically through your employing agency) or by email.

Please Note: If you cannot attend a class, you must notify the Academy 48 hours prior to the start of the class. We must charge the course fee listed if 48 hours notice is not given.  Substitutes may be sent to replace the original registrant as long as the substitute also meets any course pre-requisites.

Please Note: Errata and misprints in pricing, dates, and locations are not binding. The Council reserves the right to correct, change, and cancel courses without penalty. Training Talk is a publication of the staff of the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council (State of Vermont) which reserves all rights and privileges with regards to printing, publication, and distribution.

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