North Carolina Justice Academy

North Carolina Department of Justice

Specialized Physical Fitness Instructor Training


Upon completion of required prequalification, the student will be placed in the next available specialized course and notified accordingly. Future dates will be available upon completion of required pre-qualification course. 
In order to attend this course, applicants must first successfully complete a prequalification session. Prequalification dates for this course can be located on the Academy's website:
Specialized Physical Fitness Instructor Prequalification #2727

Who Should Attend:

Instructors who have received a recommendation from a certified school director and will be instructing physical fitness in Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) and Detention Officer Certification Course (DOCC). Individuals must have successfully completed the general Instructor Training course prior to entering the Specialized Physical Fitness Instructor Training course or qualify for a special exception from the Criminal Justice Standards Division. 

Course Goals:

To provide the knowledge and skills necessary to instruct physical fitness training in Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) and Detention Officer Certification Course (DOCC).  

Course Objectives:

The student will be able to:

► Administer fitness tests and assess cardiovascular abilities, body composition, muscular strength, muscular endurance and flexibility. 
► Prepare exercise programs for BLET, DOCC, and  in-service personnel.
► Advise students of a nutritional awareness program.
► Design and administer a physical fitness program that minimizes injury, maximizes performance and reduces training liability problems.


This course employs lecture, discussion, practical exercises and workout sessions.  

Course Requirements:

Attendance is required at all class sessions. Students must be able to complete a daily rigorous exercise schedule, demonstrate the ability to conduct fitness assessments and profiles, and design exercise programs to complete the course. Upon course completion, students must attain a minimum of 75% on a Commission-administered written examination prior to being certified as a Specialized Law Enforcement Physical Fitness Instructor.


Special Concerns:
Students must bring a calculator, athletic clothes, good running shoes, extra towels, and their duty issued ballistic vest.

According to NC Administrative Code 12 NCAC 09B .0233 SPECIALIZED PHYSICAL FITNESS INSTRUCTOR TRAINING:  Each applicant for specialized physical fitness training shall:
(1)  Qualify through one of the following three options:

       A.  have completed the criminal justice general instructor training course; or
       B. hold a current and valid North Carolina Teacher’s Certificate and hold a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in physical education and be actively teaching in physical education topics; or
       C. be presently instructing physical education topics in a community college, college or university and hold a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in physical education; and


(2)  present a written endorsement (Written Endorsement to Attend Specialized Instructor or SMI Trainingby a school director indicating the student will be utilized to instruct physical fitness in Basic Law Enforcement Training Courses; or present a written endorsement by a certified school director, or in-service training coordinator indicating the student will be utilized to instruct physical fitness for the “Law Enforcement Officers’ In-Service Training Program”; and


(3)  present a letter from a physician stating fitness to participate in the course

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 Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Division once they complete our Specialized course and apply for certification.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that each of these items are on file with the NC Justice Academy.  If any of the above required items are missing from the applicant’s file, the applicant will NOT be enrolled in the course.


  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:

Jesse Kittrell

Length of Course:

Nine days - 58 hours

Physician's Certification of Fitness