The following minimum entry standards for the Vermont Police Academy have been adopted by the Vermont Criminal Justice Training 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.)
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.
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 Aerobic Research. Click here to learn more about Physical Training Standards.
Each recruit must achieve a minimum passing score of seventy (70) on the current Vermont Police Academy entrance examination. See below to learn more about Entrance Testing and testing dates. ***NOTE: Effective March 1, 2013, written examination scores must be less than five years old from the start of the Basic Training***
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: Effective March 1, 2013, written examination scores must be less than five years old from the start of the Basic Training
Entrance Testing takes place at the Vermont Police Academy in Pittsford and consists of a written Entrance Exam and the MMPI-2 (psychological assessment). Physical Testing is only offered at each Entrance Exam date. The written Entrance Exam consists of 100 multiple choice questions that assess one's abilities in the areas of Mathematics & Mathematical Reasoning, Judgment & Reasoning, Report Writing, Vocabulary, and Reading Comprehension. Reading study guides for taking standardized tests is suggested, though we do not endorse or recommend any specific guide.
Individuals taking the Entrance Exam should arrive by 8:30 AM. All testing begins promptly at 9:00 AM. To register for testing, the sponsoring agency must the applicant with the person's name and which tests they wish them to take (i.e. Entrance Exam and/or MMPI-2/Psychological). "Sponsoring agency" means the agency the individual is applying for employment with. In the case of constables, the Town is the sponsoring agency. Registration is required for testing.
Effective May 1st, 2012 the Academy no longer allows applicants to take the test unless they are sponsored by a VT Police Agency.
Taking the Test
The Entrance Examination is administered once a month at the Academy. Thirty Dollars ($30.00) will be collected at the time the test is administered. You must also bring a valid photo ID with you.
- If you fail the examination once, you must wait one month before taking it again.
- Should you fail a second time, there is a four-month waiting period.
- Should you fail for a third time, there is a one year waiting period.
- Should you fail a fourth time, there is a three year waiting period before you can test again.
- Cash/check or money orders are accepted. At this time we can not accept credit/debit cards.
- We do not bill agencies for testing fees.
- Payment is required upon signing in.
- The Academy requires a minimum score of 70% to pass, police agencies may require a higher score.
- The MMPI-2 fee is $25.00, which the evaluator will bill directly to the sponsoring agency, The Police Academy is not responsible for collecting this fee.
For individuals who have a learning disability, accommodations can be arranged, if needed, by contacting Drew Bloom. The Academy may provide accommodations for someone who submits adequate documentation of a disability that impacts test taking. This request must be made no less than two (2) weeks in advance of the test. Written requests are required. Documentation (from a doctor, psychologist, psychiatrist, learning disabilities professional, or other person qualified to diagnose and/or treat such disabilities) of the need for such accommodation must be provided. Contact information, including an address and telephone number, of the person who conducted the assessment must be included. Academy staff will review the material submitted. Further information may be requested. It is the responsibility of the applicant to check with the Academy BEFORE the test date to make sure the accommodation will be granted.
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:
- bench press
- 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
* These dates are held at locations other than the Vermont Police Academy, follow the links next to the dates for location and registration information.