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Law Enforcement 720 Academy

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Nicolet College currently offers the 720 hour Law Enforcement Academy to those seeking a law enforcement career in the State of Wisconsin. Successful students will receive up to 32 associate's degree college credits.  Nicolet College’s Law Enforcement Academy delivers the criteria established by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Training, and Standards Bureau. The training instructors are a combination of educators and active or retired law enforcement officers. The training is delivered via lecture, group discussion, hands-on exercises, and scenario participation.


Financial Aid Eligible

This program is eligible for financial aid. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for further details.


Application Process

  • April 30, 2018 - Applications must be received
  • May 4, 2018 - Potential recruits must attend a mandatory Interview on this date at Nicolet College, Birchwoods Center. Times will be assigned after the application has been accepted (students must earn a minimum score on the interview to continue with the application process).
  • May 5, 2018 - Potential recruits must also attend and successfully pass a mandatory fitness test on this date at 9 am, Rhinelander High School, $25.00 fee to cover testing cost payable day of test.  Please review the Physical Readiness Training Handbook. If you are unable to access documents here, please contact the Office of Compliance at or 715-365-4615.
  • June 4, 2018 - Academy Start Date
  • October 12, 2018 - Academy End Date

The Academy generally meets Monday - Thursday from 7 am to 5:30 pm at the Nicolet College Campus in Rhinelander, WI. Due to holidays and room availability days may change. To make our training as true to life as possible there will be several days where the class hours will be adjusted so low light/night conditions exist.

*Special arrangements (due to schedule conflicts with University Graduation etc) can be made by contacting the Academy Director at or 715-365-4535.


Minimum Qualifications

Please verify that you have met the following minimum qualifications as set forth in Wisconsin State Statute and Chapter LES 2, of Wisconsin Administrative Code:

  • I am a citizen of The United States of America (applicable to law enforcement academy students only).
  • I am or will be at least 18 years of age by the completion of training.
  • I possess a valid Wisconsin driver's license or such other valid operator's permit recognized by the Wisconsin DOT as authorizing operation of a motor vehicle in Wisconsin (applicable to law enforcement academy students only).
  • I possess a general educational development diploma or am 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 its territories.
  • I have earned at least 28 associate degree level college credits or higher, or an associate degree or higher from a college or university accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education. (Law enforcement and tribal law enforcement officers who do not meet this requirement at the time of employment, have 5 years from their date of employment to meet this requirement.)
  • I have not been convicted of a federal felony, or of any offense which if committed in Wisconsin could be punished as a felony, and has not been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence (18 U.S.C. §922(g)(9)), or I have been granted an absolute and unconditional pardon.


Attention Applicants

Applicants must complete and submit all of the Application Forms listed below. Completed forms must be submitted to Nicolet College by April 30, 2018 to be considered for review and potential acceptance into the 2018 Law Enforcement 720 Academy.

Mail completed application materials to the address indicated below or email to, or materials may be dropped off at the Birchwoods Center.

Nicolet College
Tim Gerdmann, Birchwood Center
5364 College Drive
PO Box 501
Rhinelander, WI 54501


Application Forms

If you are unable to access documents here, please contact the Office of Compliance at or 715-365-4615.

Acadis Student Application and Criminal History Check

Student Authorization for Release of Information (DJ-LE-310)

Medical Assessment (DJ-LE-332)

Transcript Requirements

Birth Certificate (DJ-LE-322)

Firearms Release of Information

Law Enforcement Code of Ethics

Emergency Contact Information

Acknowledgment of Rules and Grading

Academy Background Questionnaire

Technical College Application for Law Enforcement



If you have any questions regarding the Academy and the application process, contact Timothy Gerdmann, Academy Director, at 715.365.4535 or For more detailed information, view the 720 LE Academy Learning Objectives document, created by the Wisconsin Department of Justice and the 720 Hour Academy Handbook from Nicolet College.

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The information is provided as a federal requirement in an effort to help students make informed educational decisions. Specifically, Gainful Employment aims to provide information related to future potential debt burden in comparison to the expected earnings in a chosen program or field.