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Nebraska Crime Commission

Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

Academy Admission

Basic Certification Course

The Training Center conducts a 15-week basic course. The course is open to individuals who meet the required admission criteria. The basic course curriculum is based on the Police Standards Advisory Council (PSAC) approved state-wide law enforcement job task analysis, which was completed in 2019. The training program is a physically and mentally challenging program that incorporates a blend of online learning, classroom instruction, and hands-on skill development. The course is designed to allow the successful graduate to assume entry-level law enforcement duties, although many agencies will conduct additional field training for new hires.


Admission Criteria

Admission requirements are set by statute and rule and regulation. Chapter 8 of Nebraska Crime Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice rules and regulations contains specific information. You may view these rules and regulations on the Nebraska Secretary of State's website.

The admission requirements are:

  • Age 21 before completion of the training program
  • Citizen of the United States
  • High School Graduate
  • Possess a valid motor vehicle operator or chauffer license.
  • Able to read, write, and understand the English language at the eleventh grade level as demonstrated by the Test of Adult Basic Education
  • Possess good character as determined by a thorough background investigation to include but not limited to consideration of the following:
    • Not convicted or has been pardoned of a crime punishable by imprisonment in a penitentiary for a term of one year or more, including convictions of Class 1 Misdemeanors
    • Not been convicted of driving while intoxicated or under the influence in the two years immediately preceding admission
    • Has not received a punitive discharge from the United States Armed Forces
    • Has not been denied certification status, had certification revoked or currently suspended in this state or another jurisdiction
    • Not been convicted of any crime involving the threat or actual use of physical violence that would constitute a Class I misdemeanor in this state.
    • Not been convicted of any crime involving the threat of or actual sexual assault or abuse.
    • Not convicted of any crime of physical violence or sexual abuse against a child or children.
    • Not convicted of a crime of domestic violence as defined in the United States Code, 18 USC 922(g)(9), that would disqualify from possessing a firearm.
    • Not subject to an order of protection that would disqualify from possessing a firearm under the provisions of United States Code, USC 922(g)(8)
    • Does not have a past indicative of incompetence, or neglect of duty.
    • Does not have a past indicative of physical, mental or emotional incapacity.
    • Has not been adjudged or convicted of criminal violations with such frequency so as to indicate a disrespect for the law and rights of others.
    • Has not been adjudged or convicted of traffic violations with such frequency so as to indicate a disrespect for traffic laws and disregard for the safety of others within the past three years.
    • Does not have a pattern of substance abuse.
      • Has not used marijuana for any purpose in the two years preceding application
      • Not used illegal drugs or narcotics other than marijuana in the five years preceding application
  • The applicant must be examined by a licensed physician within one year prior to admission.

To request seat(s) for the basic certification course, please email

Basic Admissions Application for Officers Hired by a Law Enforcement Agency – This link includes all forms for admission into the Basic Certification course, with the exception of the fingerprint cards. To request the required fingerprint cards, please email jessica.wagoner@nebraska.govPrevious versions of this form will no longer be excepted.


Training Program Cost Estimates

Students who are employed as a law enforcement officer (Neb. Rev. Stat. §81-1401 (8) (a)), by a law enforcement agency (Neb. Rev Stat §81-1401 (7)) and attend the Basic Certification course at the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center do not pay a tuition for the course.

Students who are not employed as law enforcement officers by a Nebraska Law Enforcement agency and attend the Basic Certification Course are referred to as “non-law” or diploma students. Tuition is charged to these students.

Students who attend the Basic Certification course in Bad Standing due to academic or disciplinary actions must pay full tuition.

All students will be assessed a materials fee and a fleet use fee.

There are other costs associated with attending the Basic certification course.

Current cost for the meal plan offered through a private vendor can be located on the Tuition and Fees link. Meals are provided Monday through Friday. Basic students do not have an open campus for lunch.

The student will also be responsible for basic uniforms and physical training gear (PT clothing). The cost for these items is roughly $150-$200. Once an applicant has been approved to attend the class more detailed information will be provided to the student and agency.

This is not an exhaustive list of required equipment. That list will be provided to the student and agency upon acceptance into the course. Some of the equipment costs include duty gear (belts, holsters, and vests), handgun and ammunition, patrol rifle and ammunition, eye and ear protection for firearms training, handcuffs, and flashlights.

Payment and Refund Policy

 Training Center Tuition/Fees 2021-2022

Currently, 100% of Basic classroom seats are allocated to agency personnel, meaning that no seats are reserved for Diploma students.


Physical Requirements for Admission and Certification

In November, 2013 the Police Standards Advisory Council adopted a physical fitness entrance standard for all incoming basic students.  This test is known as the "PRET" – Physical Readiness Entrance Test.  The purpose of the entrance testing is to ensure that the student has the physical capabilities to be able to perform the required essential job tasks necessary for certification.

The entrance fitness test will be administered to new basic students prior to attending Basic Training. A demonstration of each test is available here.  Students will need to wear gym attire along with comfortable running shoes for this test.  New students are also emailed a link to the test demonstrations prior to their appointment for the PRET.

The entrance fitness test is modeled after the Cooper Institute® Test and will consist of the following:

  1. Vertical Jump – See instructional video (1-2 minutes recovery)
  2. 1 minute sit-ups – See instructional video (5 minutes recovery)
  3. 300 Meter Sprint – Measured 300 Meters on flat surface & timed (5-10 minutes recovery)
  4. 1 minute push-up – See instructional video (5 minutes recovery)
  5. 1.5 mile run – Measured 1.5 miles on flat surface & timed (cool down 5 minutes)

These tests will be administered in the above listed order with the prescribed recovery periods between each test. Recovery between each test should be active (i.e. slow walking, gentle stretching)

To successfully complete the NLETC Physical Fitness Test, you must score an overall average of 30% on all testing completed which is based on gender and age norms.

The student is NOT required to score 30% on each individual test so long as your scores average to 30%. This test is scored based upon age and gender, so the percentages will vary for each applicant based upon those factors. For the full scale of testing norms, please refer to the Cooper Institute Testing Norms. The 30% for each age and gender grouping is as follows:



Men 30% Standards

Women 30% Standards


20-29 yrs

30-39 yrs

40-49 yrs

50-59 yrs

20-29 yrs

30-39 yrs

40-49 yrs

50-59 yrs

Vertical Jump









1 Minute Push-ups









300 Meter Sprint

62 sec

63 sec

77 sec

87 sec

75 sec

82 sec

106 sec


1 Minute Sit-ups









1.5 Mile Run










Use caution when obtaining the Cooper Standards from an alternate source, as the data may be outdated or incorrect.  If you have any questions contact

If a student fails to achieve the overall 30% on the first attempt, they will not be retested and will not be allowed to continue with training, and will be sent home.



The physical tasks were identified through the most recent Job Task analysis and approved by PSAC as a part of the 2014 curriculum.  These tasks must be completed by the student prior to receiving certification.

During the first week, the student will participate in physical skills testing.  This testing is designed to demonstrate the essential physical tasks and the student’s skill in performing the tasks.

If students cannot perform an essential task they have until 10 days prior to graduation to improve their skill and complete all tasks. If a student is unable to complete the essential physical tasks at the time of graduation, they will not receive basic law enforcement certification.  A list of required physical tasks which the student must complete prior to graduation follows:

  • Bend over to help person (200 lbs)  to standing
  • Grip & Hold resisting persons to maintain physical control (200 lbs 5 minutes)
  • Hold/restrain struggling person (200 lbs 4 minutes)
  • Physically defend against and control an attacking person
  • Take down and subdue a resisting person
  • Use repetitive hand movements
  • Kneel &/or bend for sustained period
  • Run 300’ on flat surface
  • Run 200’ on varying terrain
  • Walk up and down 4 flights of stairs
  • Run Up/down 3 flights of  stairs
  • Climb or pull oneself over 6’ tall obstacle (fence)
  • Lift objects (68 lbs) off ground (38” high) w/o assistance
  • Lift objects (180 lbs) off ground (40” high) w/assistance
  • Push (38’) vehicle (2 ton) out of traffic by oneself
  • Lift objects (50 lbs) down from elevated surface place on ground
  • Climb/Pull oneself onto a large piece of equipment or object ( platform 5’high)
  • Jump down from elevated surface
  • Jump/vault over ditch, hole or other hazard (36” wide)
  • Kneel, squat and recover to feet
  • Hold a person (150 lbs) suspended in air (stop suicide or rescue a person)
  • Perform strenuous physical activities in a series (sprint, run upstairs, wrestle, pull, carry, etc)
  • Perform duties wearing full duty gear
  • Push door with shoulder
  • Kick door with foot
  • Bend over and push object
  • Carry, by self, an immobile child
  • Carry with someone else an immobile child on a stretcher
  • Drag by yourself an immobile child
  • Drag by yourself an immobile adult
  • Crawl under an obstruction
  • Climb over fence
  • Jump /vault over fence or other barrier
  • Climb through window or other such opening
  • Sprint at full speed (less than 300 yds)
  • Quickly exit or enter cruiser