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.)

  • April 22 - 23

  • June 3 - 4 at Bennington Fire Department. 130 River St, Bennington, VT 05201.

Alco-Sensor FST PBT device

  • Online training, click link for more information. 

Canine Basic Tracking

  • August 16 - September 24 2021

Canine Patrol School

  • July 19 - November 5

Communications Training Officer Certification Course

  • April 12 - 13

Communications Training Officer Refresher

Crisis Response: De-Escalation Skills for Law Enforcement

  • April 13 at Ludlow Town Hall 37 S. Depot Street Ludlow VT 05149  

DRE Trainings

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

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.

  • April 20, 2021
  • May 4, 2021
  • May 18, 2021
  • Jun 1, 2021
  • 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).

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

Law enforcement handgun skill building training event

  • May 26


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

Supervisor leadership Institute


Vehicle Contraband / Drug Concealment

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Vermont Criminal Justice Council
317 Academy Road - Main Building
Pittsford, VT 05763
Phone: 802.483.6228
Fax: 802.483.2343

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