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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 Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research.  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 Cindy Taylor-Patch.

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 and psychological assessment, each candidate for Level III basic training must take the physical training examination (a.k.a. PT test).

The test consists of four elements:

  1. bench press
  2. sit-ups
  3. push-ups
  4. 1.5 mile run

Failure of any of the four elements of the test disqualifies the candidate from entrance into the Level III basic training program. The physical training entrance test is designed in accordance with standards set forth by the Cooper Institute for Aerobic Research. It consists of a measure of dynamic strength, static strength, and cardiovascular fitness. Bring appropriate clothing, the run occurs outdoors.

Please Note: The Police Academy is once again offering physical testing (PT test) at each of the written entrance test dates listed below. This test is for agency use only as part of the hiring process. It is important to note that applicants still have to attend the physical testing prior to entering 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. The Academy entrance standard is the 40th Percentile.

Entrance Testing Dates

  • November 30, 2021
  • January 11, 2022
  • January 25, 2022
  • February 8, 2022
  • February 22, 2022
  • March 8, 2022
  • March 22, 2022
  • April 5, 2022
  • April 19, 2022
  • May 3, 2022
  • May 17, 2022
  • June 7, 2022
  • June 28, 2022
  • July 12, 2022
  • July 26, 2022
  • August 9, 2022
  • August 23, 2022
  • September 13, 2022
  • September 27, 2022
  • October 11, 2022
  • October 25, 2022
  • November 8, 2022
  • November 22, 2022