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Level III Basic Training

To obtain Level III (formerly “Full-Time” certification), individuals attend a comprehensive 16-week residential Basic Training Academy.  If they have no previous training, they also attend approximately 3 weeks of post-basic classes. In addition, individual police agencies may have a pre- and/or post-basic training program.

For questions about Level III Basic Training email Cindy Taylor-Patch

Basic Training for Police Professionals

The Vermont Police Academy conducts two level III basic training classes each year. The sixteen (16) week course is conducted in an environment consisting of both police discipline and academics, designed to prepare an individual for a career in policing. The curriculum includes Criminal Law, Defensive Tactics, Conflict Management/Crisis Intervention Training, Community Policing, Investigative Procedures, Motor Vehicle Law, Patrol Procedures and much more.

  • Students must maintain acceptable academic standards to remain in the program (minimum 70% average and maximum of four failures on graded assignments/practicals or competencies).
  • Athletics and physical training are mandatory and are as much a part of the training program as academics.
  • Classes run from Monday through Friday.
  • During the week students are required to remain at the Academy and adhere to Academy rules and regulations.
  • Upon satisfactory completion of the program students will be certified or certifiable by the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council.


112th Basic Training Class for Police Professionals (Level III Certification)

  • When you submit a registration form you will receive confirmation that a seat has been reserved for your applicant.
  • Once all seats are filled, subsequent applicants will be placed on a stand-by list.
  • Applications for the 112th will be accepted beginning July 16, 2021.
  • PT testing is offered monthly at the Academy and anyone may sign up to assess their performance.
  • However, all potential recruits for the 112th Basic must attend and pass the PT test held at the Academy on October 1, 2021 at 0830 hours. 
  • All incoming recruits who pass must then attend orientation at 1300 hours, also at the Academy.