Criminal Justice-720 Law Enforcement Academy Technical Diploma

Program Code: 305042

Students learn the skills of modern-day law enforcement in this full-time, 18-week program designed to produce thoroughly competent and confident officers. Graduates of this program begin their careers with an unparalleled level of professionalism through a learner-centered approach via application of scenario-based training. Your career opportunities include police officer, deputy sheriff, DNR officer, state trooper, military law enforcement officer, and private investigator. This 720-hour program is designed for individuals with 60 college credits at an associate degree level or higher, or current employment with a sponsoring law enforcement agency. This program meets criteria set by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Training and Standards Bureau.

Employment Potential

Law Enforcement Officer: performs general traffic and law enforcement duties at the municipal level.

  • Deputy Sheriff: performs general traffic and law enforcement duties, jailer and telecommunications responsibilities at the county level.
  • DNR Officer: enforces fish, game, forest and environmental laws at the state level.
  • State Trooper: performs traffic and law enforcement duties at the state level.
  • Private Investigator: conducts criminal and non-criminal investigations for private business and industry.
  • Military Law Enforcement Officer: performs criminal investigations, is responsible for traffic assignments, patrol and general law enforcement duties in any branch of the military service at installations, forts and bases.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

  • Police or Sheriff Administrator
  • Specialized Units (K-9 SWAT, etc)
  • State Agent
  • Federal Agent
  • Jail/Correctional Officer

Requirements for Program Entry

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  • An official high school transcript, or equivalent, showing proof of graduation. (For a list of equivalents, go to If your cumulative GPA is below 2.6, complete or submit a placement evaluation.
  • 60 college credits at an associate's degree level or higher, or current employment with a sponsoring law enforcement agency as a law enforcement officer.
  • Student packet (packets are mailed one week after the application is submitted) which includes forms and requirements as designated by the Department of Justice. Includes background check and fingerprinting at the student's expense.
  • Valid driver’s license and eligible to drive college vehicles under the college’s insurance carrier.
  • Students who apply to this program must be a United States citizen in accordance with the Department of Justice.
  • Successful completion of the DOJ Physical Readiness Test completed within 180 days of the Academy start date. NWTC does host this test on a limited basis. Students must also pass another DOJ Physical Readiness test at the completion of the program to obtain their certifiability status. A list of fitness test events and minimum passing scores for the pre and post test can be found via the Physical Readiness Testing link on the right side of this page.
  • Currently employed officers must complete the NWTC application and provide contact information for their agency training officer. For further details on the application process for employed officers, contact the NWTC Public Safety Department at (920) 491-2627.
  • Tip! Our admission advisors will assist you through every step. Have questions? Connect with NWTC Admissions at or 920-498-5444.  For further details on the application process for employed officers, contact the NWTC Public Safety Department at (920) 491-2627

Program Availability

A waitlist often forms for this program. Learn more by contacting one of our Admissions Advisors.

Curriculum: Students following the study plan below will complete the Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement Academy technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.
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Curriculum Note: Students must earn a "C" or better in all courses to complete the technical diploma.


Industry Credentials

Students who successfully complete this program will receive law enforcement officer certifiability status in the state of Wisconsin.


  • Students must provide a personal email address in their online college application. This email address is where the Academy application packet will be sent.
  • Regardless of prior college credit, all courses must be completed to obtain certifiability with the Law Enforcement Standards Board of the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
  • This program is Financial Aid eligible. Veterans’ Benefits may be used to cover material and program fees. A payment plan is also available.
  • The credits earned through successful completion of this program do not count toward the 60-credit requirement imposed by Wisconsin Administrative Code Section LES 2.01(1)(e) for employed officers. However, academy credits may be applied toward an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice to partially satisfy the college credit requirement.