Vermont Police Academy Course

Interested in becoming a police officer in Vermont? Champlain College offers an opportunity to put you directly on your path to success. 

As a senior, you can apply to attend the Vermont Police Academy class, CRJ-495. This class has been developed in cooperation with the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council (VCJTC), the state agency responsible for certifying individuals to be police officers in Vermont. The class provides the academic credits you need while you attend the Vermont Police Academy, a 15-week training program established by the VCJTC. 

You must be sponsored by a Vermont law enforcement agency in order to apply. Many of our students are hired by police departments that will start paying wages while the student attends the Academy.

If you are accepted into and successfully complete the Academy, you'll earn 15 Champlain credits and receive your certification as a full-time police officer in Vermont.

If you earn certification as a police officer in Vermont and want to move to another state, you may be eligible for reciprocity—depending on that state's requirements—to have parts of the other state's certification examination waived.

For further information regarding the VCJTC and the Vermont Police Academy Certification and Training Program, please visit the VCJTC web page or contact Tony Perriello, Champlain College Criminal Justice Program Director, at or 802.651.5989.