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Entrance Standards and Testing Dates

Entrance Standards

The following minimum entry standards for the Vermont Police Academy have been adopted by the Vermont Criminal Justice Council. All students seeking entry to the Police Academy for basic training courses for police officers shall meet the minimum standards as set forth below:


A recruit must be at least (18) eighteen years of age.


You must be a high school graduate or possess a high school equivalency diploma (G.E.D.)

Physical Examination

A comprehensive physical examination. The examination is to be performed by a licensed physician or P.A. and is to reflect that the recruit is free of any disease or disability which would interfere with a recruits physical performance at the Academy.

Physical Testing

Recruits must meet physical training requirements to gain entrance to the Level III Academy. Currently, those gaining admission to basic training must enter at the 40th percentile, or better, of standards for age and gender developed by the Texas DPS Fitness Institute.  Click here to learn more about Physical Training Standards.

Psychological Testing

Each applicant must be tested to insure the recruit is emotionally suited for law enforcement.

Background and Character Check

Each recruit must successfully undergo a thorough, comprehensive background investigation  and character check, which includes a FBI fingerprint submission and polygraph. (The polygraph must have been administered on behalf of the sponsoring agency or another Vermont police agency within one year of entry to basic training programs for law enforcement certification.) A felony conviction or a misdemeanor conviction of a crime of moral turpitude may result in disqualification.

View the current Curriculum Summary for the Basic Training Course for Level III Officers.

For information on the academy's academic, performance-based curriculum and physical fitness standards contact: Director of Training Kenneth Hawkins.

Written Entrance Exam

Please Note: 

During its Wednesday 7/21/21 meeting, and based on a recommendation from its Entrance Testing Working Group, the Vermont Criminal Justice Council voted to suspend the current written entrance test effective immediately.  The Council expects to replace that written entrance test exam with a new exam in the near future; but until that date the Council will not require the administration of the written entrance test exam for a candidate’s admission to any Vermont Police Academy training, including the Level II Basic Training Class in September 2021 and the 112th Level III Basic Training Class in February 2022.

The Academy will continue to conduct the MMPI and PT entrance tests for agencies.  But because of the elimination of the written entrance test exam, the schedule for the entrance testing process will change.  We ask that candidates arrive at the Academy at 8:30AM with ID and dressed in PT gear.  PT will start at 9:00AM. For candidates who will be continuing with the MMPI, the test will begin immediately following the PT test. If you are a candidate only registering for the MMPI please arrive by 9:30 to check-in.

We understand many agencies have candidates registered through the end of the year.  These candidates no longer need to be registered for the written entrance test exam; but they will be required to go through the registration process for the PT and MMPI.

We ask each agency to please reach out to the candidates that the agency has registered and ensure these candidates are aware of the updated changes.  We will be posting information on our website and through various media platforms.

All questions pertaining the process moving forward with entrance testing can be directed to VCJC Director of Administration, Lindsay Thivierge (

PT test

In addition to the Entrance Exam (currently not required) and psychological assessment, each candidate for Level III training must take the physical fitness test.

The test consists of a Concept2 Rower Evaluation.

This evaluation consists of the 2000-meter row for time. All candidates taking this evaluation will need to do so in the presence of a certified AED/CPR tester. The damper setting is set to 5 for each of the evaluations.

All scores will be graded using a time standard and percentage comparison (Use the calculator listed here to see what the required time is for your age, weight, and gender). 


Failure of this test disqualifies the candidate from entrance into the Level III training program. The physical training entrance test is designed in accordance with the standards set forth by the Fitness Wellness Unit within the Education, Training and Research division of the Texas Department of Public Safety. This rower test measures three energy systems of the body and primarily focuses on conditioning the anaerobic state. This test is conducted indoors. Please arrive in appropriate clothing, time will be given in-between tests to change for those continuing on to the MMPI test.

Practice Testing

The Police Academy is once again offering the physical fitness test at each of the entrance test dates listed below: These testing dates are for agency use as part of their hiring process these test dates are not for academy entry. It is important to note that applicants still have to attend the Level III Orientation physical testing prior to their entrance to the Level III academy. The specific dates for PT tests connected to each Level III class are posted in the course description for each class. When registering applicants, please indicate if the physical test will be taken.

Click here to learn more about Physical Training Standards and resources that are available for your pre-academy fitness development. (web page named “Physical Fitness Training Page)

Level III Orientation Physical Fitness Test

After acceptance into the Level III training program, all candidates will be required to successfully pass the Concept2 Rower evaluation on the 2000 meter row for time, for their age, weight, and gender.

After Day One all candidates as part of an initial physical entrance evaluation, all candidates will participate in a 1.5 mile run as a part of the Academy physical fitness program that continues for the duration of the 16-week program.

Entrance Testing Dates

  • November 8, 2022
  • November 22, 2022
  • January 24, 2023
  • February 28, 20223
  • March 28, 2023
  • April 11, 2023
  • May 9, 2023
  • June 20, 2023
  • July 11, 2023
  • August 15, 2023
  • September 26, 2023
  • October 17, 2023
  • November 7, 2023