North Carolina Justice Academy

North Carolina Department of Justice

Specialized Physical Fitness Instructor Prequalification

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

Three Requirements Needed for PT Prequalification:

Successful completion of this course is required for all instructors planning to attend Specialized Physical Fitness 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 Physical Fitness Instructor Training course.  Therefore, this course is an extension of Specialized Physical Fitness Instructor Training.  In order to enroll in this prequalification course, instructors must submit a: 
  1. Written Endorsement to Attend Specialized Instructor or SMI Training form with the proper signatures and a
  2. PT medical form dated within  a year of the class date and a
  3. Copy of Instructors Certification from Training and Standards  - valid through the class date.

Course Goal:

To ensure that instructors attending Specialized Physical Fitness Instructor Training are prequalified.  

Course Requirements:

The student will be required to complete the Police Officer Physical Abilities Test (POPAT) in six minutes or less (= 6:00) for Scenario #1 and three minutes or less (= 3:00) for Scenario #2. Students will be given a minimum of a ten minute rest period between. Additionally, a physical assessment will be administered, and students must be able to meet 60th percentile overall for their age and gender. 

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

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. 


  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, as mentioned above, you must complete:
             Return these forms to the appropriate program assistant indicated the Training Portal.



Course Coordinator:

Jesse Kittrell

Length of Course:

 One day - 0 hours