Law Enforcement Academy FAQs

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. Failure grades will not count toward this 60 credit requirement. 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 Summer 2017 session is scheduled for June 5 - October 11, 2017

Key dates for this session:

  • Application Deadline: April 3, 2017
  • Fitness Test: April 21, 2017
  • Once a student submits the program application online, within one week an email will be sent to the student indicating next steps in the application process.

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 $40 
  • Background Check - $100 fee

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
  • Tactical Boots
  • Khaki Pants
  • Web Belt
  • Tactical Training Long-Sleeve Shirt

Directiosn on how to order the uniform will be emailed to the student approximately two months before the first day of the Academy. Those that apply closer to the application deadline will receive the information after the application is received. The base uniform cost is incorporated into the tuition. Students who wish to purchase items above and beyond the required amount, will be responsible for the expense. Uniforms will be delivered to students on the first day of the Academy. Back to top

What supplies will I need?

Students will need athletic shoes, mouth guard and protective cup for training. On the first day of the Academy students will be issued a laptop computer to be used during the time in the program and returned after final testing is complete. 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 students must apply to the program online. You can click on the "Apply Now" link on the NWTC homepage. Once you apply, you will receive an email with the admissions packet that must be filled out and turned in by the application deadline indicated above.

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?

Please visit our Physical Readiness Test page for more information on the mandatory exam. 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:

  • Academic acceptance based on high school and college transcripts
  • Successful DOJ Physical Readiness Test within 180 days of the first day of the Academy
  • Interview
  • Background Check
  • Acceptable driving record per college insurance company
  • DOJ online application
  • Fingerprinting/FBI Background
  • Reasing 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


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