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Professional Development

The Academy is generally open Tuesday-Friday from 0600-1630 hours. Professional Development Training classes are held from 0700-1530 hours unless posted differently on the training calendar.  Occasionally, the Academy will be open Mondays to accommodate 5 day/40 hour courses.

The Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy Professional Development Training offers over 130 different programs with multiple presentation dates throughout the training year.  All of our Professional Development programs contribute to satisfying the mandated hours of Professional Development training required for re-certification by the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).  DCJS requires 34 hours of general instruction, 4 hours legal instruction, and 2 hours of cultural diversity training every 2 years.

While most Professional Development training is conducted at the Academy, a gradually increasing segment of training courses are being scheduled for agency-approved satellite training sites. These sites will be listed in the course description on the training calendar.  For record-keeping information, contact the Professional Development Administrative Assistant at x301. Please contact the coordinators listed on the Professional Development  Training Staff page for specific course information and registration.

The Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy, Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy and Prince William County Criminal Justice Academy have entered into a reciprocal agreement whereby each academy and their personnel would be eligible to receive training at each other's training academies. The enabling Memorandum of Understanding lists various requirements to meet the Professional Development training needs of each academy population.

Hours of Operation

The Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy classroom hours are from 0700 to 1530 hours.

The Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy (FCCJA) and the Prince William County Criminal Justice Academy (PWCCJA) hours are 0800 to 1630 hours.

Any changes in class hours/locations will be publicized well in advance whenever possible.


All students and instructors are expected to be on time.


In case of an emergency, call the main Academy numbers listed below:

Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy (FCCJA):

(703) 449-7200

Prince William County Criminal Justice Academy (PWCCJA): (703) 792-6599

Registration Policies

In order to maintain agency accountability, student registrations will be handled through each Academy Professional Development section. Training Officers from the 17 member agencies of the NVCJTA will continue to register their personnel through the Academy for any course originating at either the FCCJA or PWCCJA. Members from the Fairfax County Police Department or Prince William County Police Department, desiring to attend an NVCJTA conducted course, will be registered by their respective academies.

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