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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.

111th Basic Training Class for Police Professionals (Level III Certification)


The 111th Basic Training Class for Police Professionals starts Monday, May 3, 2021. Seats will be reserved on a first come, first served basis for those who submit a registration form. All paperwork (registration form, statement of completion, and medical exam) must be submitted to the Academy no later than March 29, 2021 by Noon.

  • There are 30 spots available. Health and safety guidelines regarding COIVD-19 are being monitored and Academy programming will reflect all necessary restrictions
  • 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 111th will be accepted beginning Monday, August 31, 2020.
  • PT testing is offered monthly at the Academy and anyone may sign up to assess their performance.
  • However, all potential recruits for the 111th Basic must attend and pass the PT test held at the Academy on April 9, 2021 at 0830 hours. 
  • All incoming recruits who pass must then attend orientation at 1300 hours, also at the Academy.
  • Graduation upon successful completion of the training program will be at 1000 hours on August 20, 2021.
  • Following graduation, there will be a Post-Basic program consisting of Fingerprinting, VIN, Radar, DUI, First Aid and CPR and other courses.