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Current Courses

Entrance Exam Testing dates

Follow the links to be read the training descriptions.

Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (A.R.I.D.E.)

October 4 - 5 at Norwhich Police Department

November 8 - 9 at South Burlington Police Department

December 2 - 3 at the Vermont Police Academy

Alco-Sensor FST PBT device

  • Online training, click link for more information. 

Animal Cruelty Investigation for Law Enforcement Officers

Basic Domestic Violence Training

  • July 6

Basic Use of Force and Tactics for Level I & II Officers

Canine Basic Tracking

  • August 16 - September 24 2021

Canine Patrol School

  • July 19 - November 5

Canine Urban Tracking

  • June 7 - June 11

Communications Training Officer Refresher

Crime Scene Investigation, Level II/ Waivers

  • June 29

DMT Supervisor Course

  • June 16 2021 at 10:00 AM
  • June 29 2021 at 10:00 AM

Drug Recognition Expert Application

The Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) Program has received national acclaim for its success in identifying the drug-impaired driver. Officers trained as Drug Recognition Experts (DREs) are frequently called upon to differentiate between drug influence and medical and/or mental disorders and is an extremely valuable tool in combating the adverse impact of drug and alcohol impaired driving in our communities.

DRE School is extremely demanding. To receive certification as a DRE, two phases of training must be completed. The following summarizes each phase:

ACADEMIC TRAINING: This phase is typically conducted over ten days (80 hours). It includes courses in physiology, vital signs, standardized field sobriety testing (SFST), and extensive information on each of the seven categories of the drugs of abuse. The training includes an SFST proficiency examination, five written quizzes, and three written examinations. Students mustachieve a minimum of 80% on the three examinations and must demonstrate proficiency in administering SFSTs in order to progress to the certification phase.

CERTIFICATION PHASE: After successfully completing the academic portion, students must complete the certification training phase. It is the student’s responsibility to complete the certification requirements within six months following the DRE School. These requirements include conducting a minimum of 12 drug influence evaluations while under the supervision of a DRE instructor, identifying subjects under the influence of four of the seven drug categories, and attaining a 75% toxicological confirmation rate. In addition, the student must maintain a certification progress log and rolling log and submit a written curriculum vitae (CV). Finally, the student must obtain the written endorsement of two certified DRE instructors.

Download the Application Here. Application Deadline is June 18, 2021

Submit the Application to:

Christopher Conway MD
Training Coordinator
Vermont Police Academy
317 Academy Road
Pittsford, Vermont 05763
(802) 483-2733 (office)

If you have questions about the program, please contact John Flannigan, Vermont DEC Program State Coordinator at (802) 999-7685 or

DRE Trainings

DUI Checkpoint Supervisor

  • July 8 at New Haven State Police Barracks

DUI Enforcement Certification

  • June 21-25

Entrance Exam Testing dates

2021 dates were planned with current COVID restrictions in place, because of that space is limited and we ask that people who register either commit to showing on on their scheduled day or cancel their registration as soon as possible. If restrictions are lifted more registration slots will be made avaliable.

  • July 13, 2021
  • July 27, 2021
  • August 10, 2021
  • August 24, 2021
  • September 7, 2021
  • September 28, 2021
  • October 5, 2021
  • October 19, 2021
  • November 9, 2021
  • November 30, 2021

Executive Leadership Institute

  • September 27 - October 1 at Essex Police Department
  • Register online at or call 877-772-7712 for more information

FBI National Crime Information Center (NCIC FSTO/LFSTO)

The FBI requires new or returning personnel who require access to their National Crime Information Center (NCIC) to be both NCIC and CJIS (Criminal Justice Information Services) certified. Registration for this online training experience is required, and submitted by your agency’s NCIC TACs (Terminal Agency Coordinators).

Fingerprint Certification

  • June 30

Fingerprinting Re-Certification

  • Police officers are required by Vermont statute to be re-certified every 3 years, following the training and certification outlined above, in order to take fingerprints from minors as part of a voluntary identification program. To be recertified, an officer must submit to VCIC a set of prints via electronic capture OR the standard ink and roll method. The prints will be examined for quality, and if acceptable, recertification will be granted. If the prints are found to be unacceptable, the officer will have to re-take the Basic Fingerprinting Certification Course. Please note: recertification is NOT required for the purposes of taking prints as part of an investigation, employment-related background checks, etc.

    Send a set of fingerprints to VCIC C/O Identification Section Supervisor, 42 State Street, Waterbury, VT 05671-1300

Major Case Management

MEB/PR24 course for Level I & II Officers

  • July 15

Meth Investigation Class

  • September 15 - 17 at the South Burlington Police Department
  • Register online at and click on the registration icon on home page

NHTSA Doppler Radar Operator Certification

  • July 1

NHTSA LIDAR Operator Certification

  • July 2

Oleoresin Capsicum Certification Course for Level I & II Officers

  • July 16

Police Applicant Background Investigation

Search and Rescue

Spillman Dispatcher Training

  • Now an online event please contact Michelle Hunt for more information.

SFST/A.R.I.D.E. Refresher

  • July 20 at Colchester Police Department 835 Blakely Road, Colchester VT, 05446

Street Academy - Survival Tactics for Police Officers

Supervisor leadership Institute

The REID Technique of Investigative Interviewing and Advance Interrogation

  • October 5 - 8 at Burlington Police Department 1 North Avenue Burlington VT 05401
  • Register online at

Use-of-Force & Tactics Instructor Re-Certification

  • August 2

Use of Force Instructor School

  • July 19 - 23 at 1891 Williston Road #31 South Burlington VT 05403
    • Due to the training location attendees must be vaccinated and meals and lodging are not provided, hotels are available in the area and ample will be given for meal breaks.