North Carolina Justice Academy

North Carolina Department of Justice

SWAT Operator I

Please check our "Available Training" page for the most current status of the course.   

Who Should Attend:

This course is exclusively designed for law enforcement officers assigned to a Special Weapons and Tactics Team. The course design makes it applicable to both new and veteran operators seeking a structured week of training. This course replaces the Basic SWAT course and incorporates increased live fire drills and scenario based training that involves the use of Simunitions®.  

Course Goals:

To expose the student to some of the individual skills and fundamentals of working as part of a team during the deployment of a SWAT related operation.  

Course Objectives:


The student will be able to:

► Discuss the basic structure of a SWAT team and distinguish between the responsibilities of each team member.
► Discuss legal issues that apply to tactical operations involving SWAT teams.
► Identify key components of the distraction device and demonstrate proper handling and employment techniques.
► Safely demonstrate the ability to manipulate and operate a firearm in a tactical manner during training exercises on the firing range.
► Demonstrate the ability to effectively shoot a firearm while deploying a ballistic shield.
► Demonstrate the ability to conduct a dynamic entry as part of a team.
► Execute a slow and deliberate entry as part of a team.
► Score an 80% or better on the SWAT Operator post-course test.


This course employs lecture, discussion, demonstrations and practical exercises.  

Course Requirements:

The student must be a certified law enforcement officer or currently serving as a member of the United States Armed Forces. Attendance is required at all class sessions. Students are expected to successfully complete all practical exercises. The student must score an 80% or greater on the SWAT Operator written exam. Student must be on an active SWAT team to be approved.

Special Concerns:

Students must bring with them (materials required): handgun with at least three magazines, 700 rounds practice ammunition for handgun, tactical belt and holster, long gun (SMG/Carbine/Shotgun) with at least two magazines, 700 round practice ammunition for long-gun, flashlight, tactical clothing, rain gear, body armor, gas mask with filter, hearing/eye protection, billed ball cap, ballistic helmet, and jock strap.

Optional items that will enhance your training: (1) flash-bang that is of the type utilized by your agency, Simunitions® training weapon that is of the type used by your agency (include two magazines and (1) box of unopened FX training rounds), ballistic shield, night vision optics.



Register for ALL NCJA classes ((online, traditional and web-based) on our North Carolina Justice Academy Training Portal. After signing in to the portal, you can view ALL available classes. If you don’t have a portal account, instructions for creating one are located here.



Course Coordinator:

Floyd Yoder


Length of Course:

Five days - 43 hours

LIMIT: 3 students per department