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Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Academy Program Details

CVTC’s Law Enforcement Academy is designed for potential law enforcement officers who need or want to meet Wisconsin certification requirements. You can earn a technical diploma in 18 weeks. At CVTC preparatory law enforcement officer training is offered full-time over eighteen weeks (720 hours).

You may be considered for admission to the Academy if you:

  • Are a full or part-time law enforcement officer
  • Have graduated from CVTC’s Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement associate degree program or
  • Have earned at least 60 college credits or the equivalent

The 720-hour training program is competency-based and meets the criteria set by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Bureau of Training and Standards and the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board. The criminal justice courses include lectures, multimedia presentations, interactive group discussions, hands-on instruction, and field exercises.

There are three phases for the Law Enforcement 720 Academy:

Phase I: Introduction and Non-Emergency Response
Phase II: Emergency Response
Phase III: Investigations

Past students say the hands-on training is very realistic and they learned something new every day.

Just the Facts

Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Academy
21 Credit Technical Diploma

Length of Program:
18 Weeks

Delivery Method

Program Location
Eau Claire

Start Dates
August, January, and May

Financial Aid Eligible: Yes

Estimated Program Cost
Total Tuition, Fees & Books: $4,643

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Additional Information

Program Outcomes

Gainful Employment Data

Non-Traditional Occupation

Accreditation Information

How To Enroll

Enrolling at CVTC is easy! You will need to complete an online application.  If you are ready to apply now, click here.

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Get a Job

96% of our Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Academy graduates get a job in the industry.

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Make More Money

Our recent Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Academy graduates reported an average starting salary of $45,357.

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18 Weeks
Earn a Diploma Fast

Earn a Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Academy technical diploma in just 18 weeks.


These are a few of the courses you will take in the Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Academy program.
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  • Tactical Skills
    Students will learn about the use of force by Wisconsin officers including specific techniques for intervention covered in the Wisconsin system of Defense and Arrest tactics, as well as weapon holding skills and how to care for and maintain handguns.
  • Patrol Procedures
    Learn the steps taken as first-in officer to stabilize a complex scene, investigate traffic accidents, take appropriate enforcement actions, and prepare reports.
  • Investigations
    Understand the techniques and procedures necessary to interview or interrogate adult and juvenile witnesses, suspects, and victims.

Transfer Credits

Once you’ve completed your associate degree at CVTC, if you are interested in pursuing further education, we have agreements with several institutions. To view a list of CVTC’s transfer agreements, click here.


  • Deputy
  • Deputy Conservation Warden
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Patrol Officer
  • Police Officer

Related Offerings

Career Outlook

According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and Bureau of Workforce Information, a 1% growth is projected in criminal justice positions in CVTC’s 11-county area by 2016.

CVTC graduates enjoy an average hourly wage of $18.95.

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