North Carolina Justice Academy

North Carolina Department of Justice

Specialized Driver Instructor Prequalification


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

Who Should Attend:

Successful completion of this course is required for all instructors planning to attend Specialized Driver Instructor Training.  The testing required within this course replaces the testing which, in the past, has been done on the first day of the Specialized Driver Instructor Training.  Therefore, this course is an extension of Specialized Driver Instructor Training.  In order to enroll in the prequalification course, instructors must meet and submit all prerequisite paperwork as required to attend Specialized Driver Instructor Training.

Instructors who will instruct driving in Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) - Prior to entering the Specialized Driver Instructor course, each applicant shall:
(1) have completed the criminal justice general instructor training course and be currently certified as a General Instructor or Probationary General Instructor by the Commission;
(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.
Students must present a driver history statement from the State Division of Motor Vehicles dated within 120 days of the beginning date of the course/prequal.

Course Goal:

To ensure that instructors attending Specialized Driver Instructor Training are prequalified.

Course Requirements:

The student will be required to demonstrate proficiency in driving the seven Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) driving course exercises attaining a minimum score of 85% on two out of three attempts on the Off-set Land Maneuver, Serpentine and Precision Exercises during daylight; 85% on two out of three attempts on the Precision Exercise during nighttime; 85% on two five-minute attempts on the Emergency Response and Pursuit Exercises, one daytime, one nighttime, a passing score on two out of three attempts on all phases of the Fixed Radius Curve and Evasive Action Exercises.

Special Concerns:

Day and night driving will be required.  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.  It is recommended that each student practice driving on the BLET driving courses prior to attending.  The Academy driving pad will be available for practice prior to the course start date, but there are restrictions that apply.  Questions should be forwarded to the course coordinator.

NOTE: Once a student successfully completes an instructor prequalification session, the student will be given one calendar year to attend (and only one attempt to successfully complete) the specialized instructor training course offering in which the prequalification applies. If the student fails to meet this standard, the student must re-enroll and successfully complete another instructor prequalification session in its entirety prior to being eligible to attend a subsequent specialized instructor training course. 
Effective February 2013: Students 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 Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Division once they complete our Specialized course and apply for certification. Scores achieved during prequalification are valid for only 12 months.


  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:

 One day - 0 hours