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 Frequently Asked Questions

What are the application requirements? 
What is the schedule for each day?
What are the deadlines for each session? 
How much will the program cost? 
What does the uniform consist of? 
What supplies will I need? 
Is financial aid available? 
May I use Veteran's Benefits to pay for the program? 
How can I find housing near campus? 
How do I apply? 
What will the background check cover? 
What will the fitness assessment cover? 
What will the curriculum cover? 
What will happen after I submit my application? 

What are the application requirements?

To apply for this program, you must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Submit a college transcript(s) showing 60 completed college semester credits at an associate degree level or higher, in any subject area. The applicant shall possess a general educational development diploma or be a high school graduate who has completed a secondary education program through a public school, private school, an equivalency diploma program, or home education program within the United States or it territories. Students who have been home schooled must contact the Public Safety office at 920-491-2627.
  • Hold an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice. The same high school requirements apply as listed above.
  • Have status as an officer currently employed by a law enforcement agency. (The application process will be slightly different for those currently employed in law enforcement.)     Back to top

What is the schedule for each day?

The typical schedule for an Academy student is class Monday through Friday for 18 weeks. Class begins at 8a.m. and concludes at 4:30 p.m. There may be some days where the schedule varies depending on the topics that are presented. Students will need to refer to their Academy calendar and Blackboard announcements for any variations in scheduling.      Back to top

What are the deadlines for each session?  

The Spring 2016 session is scheduled for January 6 - May 11, 2015

    Key dates for this session:

    •  Application Deadline: November 20, 2015
    •  Fitness Test: Early Bird date is November 6, Regular test date December 4
    • Schedules, cost, application and requirements will change starting with this session. 
    • There may be more requirements/forms that are required for this session other than what is included in the current application packet as the Department of Justice is still working on finalizing the process.  We will be in touch with each applicant as those changes become available. 


Please be advised that we must reach minimum enrollment to run each session as scheduled.    Back to top

How much will the program cost?

The following costs are associated with application to and completion of the program:

  • $30 non-refundable application fee, if applicable.
  • Program Cost - $5000
  • Fingerprinting - Approximately $10 
  • Background Check - $100 fee
  • Uniform - approximately $300
  • Drug Screen - $48 

A note about tuition and residency: The $5000 tuition figure applies to Wisconsin and Minnesota residents as well as those residing in Delta, Dickinson, Gogebic, Iron and Menominee counties in Upper Michigan. All other applicants are considered out-of-state residents.     Back to top

What does the uniform consist of?

The following items are ordered through NWTC and comprise the Academy uniform:

  • Jacket
  • Cap
  • Gym T-Shirt
  • Gym Shorts
  • Short-Sleeve Polo
  • Khaki Pants
  • Web Belt
  • Tactical Training Long-Sleeve Shirt

The uniform will be purchased before the fitness assessment and interview have been successfully completed. Self-sponsored students are responsible for the full payment of the uniform on the day of the order. Sponsored students are required to have their uniform order in a least four weeks prior to the start of the Academy.  Back to top

What supplies will I need?

You will need a pair black tactical boots and athletic shoes. A mouth guard and protective cup are also required. You may use NWTC's Glock semi-auto pistols with gun belts for firearms training.

A current e-mail address and access to a computer (particularly a laptop) and printer is necessary for completing the curriculum. To effectively access electronic course materials, your computer should have Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat Reader. (Acrobat Reader is available for download free from If you do not own or have access to this equipment or the Internet, you may use the computers in the NWTC Library, the Public Safety computer lab, or the Cyber Cafe. Once you start your Academy session, a laptop computer will be issued to you for your time in the program.      Back to top

Is financial aid available?

Unfortunately, it is not eligible for state or federal funding at this time. However, NWTC has established a payment plan for student tuition. For information on the program, visit the Student Financial Services page. Any questions regarding the plan should be directed to Student Finance at 920-498-5444.     Back to top

May I use Veteran's Benefits to pay for the program?

This program is eligible for benefits through the Montgomery GI Bill. Tuition and material fees will be waived for qualified veterans under the Wisconsin GI Bill. For details, contact Financial Aid at 920-498-5465.

Program and material fees will be waived for qualified veterans.      Back to top

How can I find housing near campus?

There are two options available to students who are traveling distances to the campus. You may choose to book a hotel room Sunday through Thursday of each week. Visit the lodging page for a list of area hotels that offer special rates to NWTC. Our Green Bay available housing page lists affordable apartments, duplexes and houses near campus.    Back to top

How do I apply?

Self-sponsored student must print, fill out and forward all application materials by the dates indicated above. We will receive your official transcripts and background check materials under separate cover.

If you applied to a NWTC program before April 1, 1999, a $30 application fee is not required.

The application packet is an Adobe Acrobat PDF file. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader you can download it for free from

24 applicants may be accepted into the program.

Sponsored students have a different application process than self-sponsored students.

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What will the background check cover?

The background check will gather the following information:

  • Verification of educational transcripts
  • Employment verification for any employment (going back no more than seven years)
  • Wisconsin Criminal History check
  • Local Police Records check
  • Past residence police records check
  • DOT records check

We realize that $100 is a relatively high price to pay for the background check; however, the information gained is a critical part of the law enforcement hiring process. The results of a positive background check will tell potential employers that you are a viable candidate and may expedite the hiring process itself.

We encourage those who are accepted in the academy to begin applying to agencies over the course of the program. This may result in your employment in law enforcement upon graduation from the academy. Current law enforcement openings across the state.      Back to top

What will the fitness assessment cover?

We conduct the Fitness Assessment to ensure that you may safely participate in the topics throughout the Academy. The assessment is also a requirement set by the Department of Justice for entry into any Academy. Please visit our Fitness Standards page to review the pre-test scores that will need to be achieved before the first day of the Academy.

You will be asked to bring your original birth certificate on the day of the Fitness Assessment. It must be issued by the state, county or city. Hospital birth certificates will not be accepted. Once we review the certificate, it will be returned to you before the conclusion of the Fitness Assessment. Back to top

What will the curriculum cover?

This Academy will consist of 720 hours of a variety of topics. Students will learn about firearms, defense and arrest tactics, emergency vehicle operation, professional communication, traffic crash investigation, tactical emergency casualty care and so much more.   Back to top

What will happen after I submit my application?

You will be notified regarding the status of your application as soon as possible following our receipt of all your application materials (each item listed on the Application Checklist). We will contact qualified individuals as well as those not qualified at the time of application. For those invited to continue the application process, we will provide details on the interview and Physical Fitness Assessment. We will also advise applicants if they will be required to complete a reading/writing assessment.

The application process is in fact a two-phase process: You are first evaluated on the basis of your academic record. If the number of your credits and your grades meet the requirements, you are admitted to the college and are eligible to complete coursework at NWTC. Your acceptance to the Law Enforcement Academy, however, is not final until you have completed the fitness assessment, interview, drug screen, and the results of your background check are satisfactory.

If your academic and other qualifications meet the program entrance requirements, your acceptance into the program will be considered final after you have successfully completed the following:

  • Personal interview
  • Academic acceptance from Enrollment Services
  • Physical fitness assessment
  • Drug screen
  • Background check
  • Driving Record
  • Reading and writing assessment (if required)

After successfully completing these steps in the application process, you will receive notification of your acceptance and information on the orientation session. This usually occurs 2-3 weeks before the first day of the Academy.

During the orientation session, you will review and be asked to sign the Academy Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics.

If you are qualified for the Academy but the program has been filled, your name will be placed on a waiting list and you will be given first consideration for the next Academy session.     Back to top

Questions? Contact Kysa Walter
at 920-491-2627 or 1-800-422-6982, Ext 2627

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