Become A Law Enforcement Recruit

Nicolet College currently offers the 720 hour Law Enforcement Academy to those seeking a law enforcement career in the State of Wisconsin. Successful students will receive up to 32 associate's degree college credits. Nicolet College’s Law Enforcement 720 Academy delivers the criteria established by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Training, and Standards Bureau. The training instructors are a combination of educators and active or retired law enforcement officers. The training is delivered via lecture, group discussion, hands-on exercises, and scenario participation.

Instructor explaining scene to recuits
Steps To Become A Recuit
  1. Schedule a meeting with Tim Gerdmann, Academy Director  at 715.365.4535 or
  2. Complete the application for admission
    • Submit official high school and post-secondary transcripts. To be official, transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to Nicolet College Admissions.
  3. Complete all required recruit academy forms for the DOJ

See specific dates and information about the application process below.

Application Process - 2023 Winter/Spring Academy

December 2, 2022- Applications must be received

December 2022- Potential recruits must attend a mandatory Interview on this date at Nicolet College. Times will be assigned after the application has been accepted (students must earn a minimum score on the interview to continue with the application process).

December 2022 Potential recruits must also attend and successfully pass a mandatory fitness test.  Please review the Physical Readiness Training Handbook.

January 23, 2023  Academy Start Date

The Academy generally meets Monday - Friday from 8 am to 5:30 pm at the Nicolet College Campus in Rhinelander, WI. Due to holidays and room availability days may change. To make our training as true to life as possible there will be several days where the class hours will be adjusted so low light/night conditions exist.

*Special arrangements (due to schedule conflicts with University Graduation etc) can be made by contacting the Academy Director at or 715-365-4535.

Application Forms

Applicants must complete and submit all of the Application Forms listed above. Completed forms must be submitted to Nicolet College by December 2, 2022 to be considered for review and potential acceptance into the 2023 Law Enforcement 720 Academy.

Mail completed application materials to the address indicated below or email to, or materials may be dropped off at the Fieldside Center with Vicki Nelson.

Nicolet College
Tim Gerdmann, White Pine Center
5364 College Drive
PO Box 501
Rhinelander, WI 54501


If you have any questions regarding the Academy and the application process, contact Timothy Gerdmann, Academy Director, at 715.365.4535 or For more detailed information, view the 720 LE Academy Learning Objectives document, created by the Wisconsin Department of Justice and the 720 Hour Academy Handbook from Nicolet College.

Apply Online

It's quick, easy, and FREE!

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Mail completed application to:
Nicolet College - Admissions  |  PO Box 518  |  Rhinelander, WI 54501

Stop by or call the Welcome Center:
715.365.4493 or 800.544.3039, ext. 4493
Red Oak Center  - 2nd Floor


If you are unable to access PDF documents on this page, please contact the Vice President of Administration at or 715-365-4550.