North Carolina Justice Academy

North Carolina Department of Justice

RADAR Instructor Training

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

Who Should Attend:

Officers designated to become RADAR instructors for their departments. Individuals must possess criminal justice instructor certification, receive a recommendation from a certified school director or agency head, and possess a current and valid RADAR operator certification. Applicants must be certified in all approved modes of operation, features and configurations.

Course Goal:

To provide the knowledge and skills necessary to instruct the RADAR Operator Training course.

Course Objectives:

The student will be able to: 
♦ Describe the association between excessive speed and accidents, death, and injuries, and describe the safety benefits of effective speed regulation.

♦ Describe the basic principles of RADAR speed measurements.

♦ Acquire and demonstrate basic skills in testing and operating specific RADAR instruments.

♦ Identify specific RADAR instruments and describe their major components and features.

♦ Identify laws, court rulings, regulations, policies, and procedures affecting RADAR speed measurement and speed enforcement.

♦ Acquire and demonstrate basic skills in preparing and presenting records and testimony relating to RADAR speed measurement and enforcement.
♦ Teach students in the performance of the objectives listed above.


Lecture and practical exercises will be employed.

Course Requirements:

Attendance is required at all class sessions. On the first day of the course, students must obtain a score of 90% correct on a written pre-entrance test designed to test the trainee’s knowledge of the “operator” level. Students must also demonstrate 100% competence in the setup, test for accuracy and operation of a RADAR instrument currently in use and approved in North Carolina, as well as, demonstrate the ability to estimate vehicular speed in accordance with criteria specified on a standardized performance evaluation form. There is a 1½ hour time limit (max.) on the motor-skills test. Failure to pass the written or motor-skill pre-entrance tests will automatically result in the trainee’s dismissal from the course. Performance of 100% proficiency is required in all motor-skill testing areas. Upon course completion, students must attain a minimum of 75% on a written exam administered by commission staff prior to be certified as a RADAR Instructor. There will be an assortment of motor-skills testing throughout the training course for which the student must successfully complete before graduation from the training is permitted.

Special Concerns
Students must provide, for testing and practical exercises, a vehicle equipped with a RADAR instrument. The RADAR instrument for which the student brings must have active dual antenna operation in stationary, moving-opposite direction, and moving-same direction modes. Class will begin at 8:00 am.


  1. Register for ALL NCJA classes (traditional classroom and online) 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.
  2. Also, you must complete the Written Endorsement to Attend Specialized Instructor or SMI Training form and return it to the appropriate program assistant indicated the Training Portal.




Course Coordinator:

Dan Worley

Length of Course:

Ten days - 78 hours
 TEICP Accredited Course