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The Academy


Become a Trooper

Academy Staff

Entry Level Basic Classes

Fellowship Training Program

Professional Development Center

Professional Development Course Catalog
Junior Trooper Program

Additional Courses


The West Virginia State Police has a long tradition of providing outstanding training for law enforcement professionals. The State Police maintains a training facility commonly known as “the Academy” which is situated on approximately 24 acres in Institute, West Virginia. From this location, the Academy serves the entire state of West Virginia as a training and conference center for the law enforcement community.

The Academy complex houses:
  • Three 50-seat audiovisual instruction rooms which facilitate interactive classes. Two classrooms can be connected, by partition, to create one large 100-seat room.
  • An outdoor firearms range that permits handgun training at a distance up to 50 yards. This 30-position firing range is equipped with a pneumatic turning target system. In addition to handgun, the firearms range is equipped for rifle training at a distance up to 100 yards. The facility has currently been renovated and now includes a separate bunker for ammo, an armorers room and a 36 seat classroom.
  • Driving simulator for driving instruction.
  • A cafeteria-style dining room that can accommodate up to 150 people. In addition to feeding recruits and employees, the Academy food service staff serve training participants and seminars from many other agencies.
  • A gymnasium which includes free weights and exercise equipment. Also a fitness trail and obstacle course for outside training.
  • A computer classroom which is used for entry level training as well as refresher courses. This classroom can accommodate up to 24 people.
  • Dormitories for both male and female lodgers with the ability to house up to 216 people.
  • The Academy also houses the West Virginia State Police K-9, BCI and Medical Section.

The Professional Development Center

  • One 70 seat audiovisual instruction room which facilitates interactive classes.
  • One 40 seat computer laboratory which is used for entry level training and refresher courses.
  • Two 45 seat audiovisual instruction rooms which facilitate interactive classes. One with teleconferencing capabilities.
  • There is a dress code for the Professional Development Center (PDC) to include casual attire. Unacceptable dress for classroom and cafeteria includes but is not limited to: shorts, tank tops, sweat clothes, sandals, tattered/torn clothing, and hats
  • The Professional Development Center Dormitories are used to house State Police personnel when attending classes at the Academy.

Test Day Information 


Registration begins at 8:00 am. Testing will begin at 9:00 am. You must have a state issued photo I.D. 

Applicants will be checked in by a Trooper in the parking lot and will remain in their vehicle until directed to the test site.

The following itinerary will be followed on these dates:

Registration (8:00am – 9:00am)
Written Test (9:00am)
Oral Interview
BREAK – during this break applicants will change from Interview attire to PT attire
Physical Fitness Test (push-ups, sit ups, 1.5 mile run)
Suitability Test

The Written Examination must be passed to proceed to the other tests. Applications must participate in the Physical Fitness Test, but if they do not pass they will have an opportunity to pass later in the testing process. Applicants will take an online Suitability Test and will be free to leave once it is completed. 

Due to the pandemic, applicants must bring and wear face coverings at all times, except during the Physical Fitness Test. Testing groups will be limited to approximately 25 applicants per group.

Please read the below instructions in their entirety as you will need several pieces of information to complete the application.

Please have the following ready before starting the online application.

  • Social Security Number
  • Driver's License Number
  • Basic Military Service Information

You are reminded that you must meet the following requirements:

  • Are between 21 and 39 years of Age or will be 21 years of age by the projected employment date: March 1, 2021
  • Graduated from High School or have GED
  • Are legally authorized to work in the United States
  • Have held a valid driver's license for the last two years
  • Have not been convicted of Domestic Violence
  • Have no Felony Convictions
  • Do not use illegal drugs
  • Have not been convicted of Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

Minimum Qualifications

You must be at least 21 years of age and no more than 39 years of age prior to enlistment, and possess a high school diploma or GED. You must have a valid driver's license for two years prior to making application. Applicants may test at the age of 20 with the understanding that they will be 21 prior to the tentative enlisted date of March 1, 2021.

Salary and Benefits

$3210.33 per month ($38,524 annual); $3815.33 per month upon Academy graduation ($45,784 annual). Competitive benefits package including life and health insurance, retirement, paid holidays, paid vacations, veterans’ incentive and more.

Vacation and sick leave are accrued each month. Troopers participate in the State health insurance program and are covered by the Troopers retirement Plan B. Time and one-half is earned for hours worked over 40 each week and special overtime is available through a variety of programs. Uniforms, ordinance and other equipment are provided.

Contact Information

Human Resources
Personnel Section
West Virginia State Police
725 Jefferson Road
South Charleston, WV 25309

Office Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Phone Number: 304-746-2117 
Fax Number: 304-746-2105

Directions to the Academy

The West Virginia State Police Academy located about 10 minutes west of Charleston, WV, near Institute, along Interstate 64. Take the Academy/Route 25 exit, proceed east on Route 25, approximately ¾ of a mile turn left on Academy Drive, then turn right at the top of the hill. The physical address is 135 Academy Drive, Dunbar, WV 25064. 

West Virginia State Police Is An Equal Opportunity Employer