North Carolina Justice Academy

North Carolina Department of Justice

Specialized Driver Instructor Training

Upon completion of required prequalification, the student will be placed in the next available specialized course and notified accordingly.
In order to attend this course, applicants MUST COMPLETE THE PREQUALIFICATION SESSION. Prequalification dates for this course can be located on the Academy's website:
Specialized Driver Instructor Prequalification .

Who Should Attend:

Instructors who will instruct driving in Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET). Prior to entering the Specialized Driver Instructor course, each applicant for specialized driver instructor training shall:
(1)  have completed the criminal justice general instructor training course;

(2)  present a written endorsement (Written Endorsement to Attend Specialized Instructor or SMI Trainingby either

       (A)   a certified school director indicating the student will be utilized to instruct driving in Basic Law Enforcement Training Courses; or

       (B)  a department head, certified school director, or in-service training coordinator, indicating the student will be utilized to instruct driver training in the “Law Enforcement Officer’s Annual In-Service Training Program”; and

(3)  possess a valid operator driver’s license;

(4)  maintain a safe driving record where no more than four points have been assigned against the driving record within the past three years; a driving history must be submitted on the student to establish meeting this requirement - a DCI printout cannot be accepted.

NOTE:   Effective February 2013: Student’s applying for our Specialized Instructor Training courses no longer have to submit a CPR card in order to enroll or attend. Students will have to submit the CPR card to the CJSD once they complete our Specialized course and apply for certification.

Course Goals:

To provide the knowledge and skills necessary to instruct driving in Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET).

Course Objectives:

The student will be able to:

► Conduct a before-operation inspection of a vehicle.
► Negotiate a motor vehicle through seven mandated BLET driving courses.
► Set-up, supervise and score students on the seven mandated BLET  courses, which are: Serpentine, Fixed Radius Curve, Precision, Off-set Lane Maneuver, Evasive Action, Emergency Response and Pursuit.
► Identify major engine and automobile components.
► Recognize and identify common mechanical problems.


This course employs lecture, discussion, practical exercises and practice teaching.

Course Requirements:

Attendance is required at all class sessions. Students must demonstrate the ability to construct the seven Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET)  driving course exercises using traffic cones and measuring tapes.

Special Concerns:
It is recommended that each student practice driving on the BLET driving courses prior to coming
There will be several night sessions. Comfortable and practical clothing for outside training (including rain-protective clothing) is needed. Short pants are not allowed. A law enforcement vehicle in good mechanical condition of the type that will be utilized in instructing the Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) driving course is also necessary. Vehicle must have a blue light and siren. Students should remove all “unsecured” equipment from their vehicle prior to course attendance.


  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
88 hours

TEICP Accredited Course