Public Safety Training - Law Enforcement

RADAR - LIDAR Operator Certification

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Basic Radar Certification Training: A 40-hour certification course for Officers seeking certification to operate RADAR in North Carolina. Must be employed or an appointed law enforcement officer by a state or local agency or be a federal law enforcement officer, BLET certified. Deputies must be in compliance with the Sheriffs’ Standards Commission. Student and/or agency must provide approved RADAR (s) for practice and testing, patrol vehicle and current RADAR training Manual. Class will not be held if not sufficient enrollment. To pre-register call 828.306.7056. 

  • SCC, PSTC  - Cost: $120

A 40-hour certification course for Officers seeking certification to operate RADAR in North Carolina. Must be employed as law enforcement officer by a state or local agency or be a federal law enforcement officer. Deputies must be in compliance with the Sheriffs’ Standards Commission. Student and/or agency must provide an approved RADAR(s) for practice and testing, patrol vehicle and current RADAR training manual.

Topics Covered Include:

  1. Course Orientation
  2. Introduction to RADAR Training
  3. Speed Offenses and Speed Enforcement
  4. Basic Principles of RADAR Speed Measurement
  5. Legal and Operational Considerations
  6. Familiarization and Operation of Specific RADAR Instruments
  7. Courtroom Preparation
  8. Motor-Skill Performance Testing
  9. Course Review and Written Examination 

Student and/or Agency must provide items listed below:

  • Vehicle equipped with Radar/s for Practice and Testing, which the trainee is seeking certification
  • Current RADAR Training Manual
  • Current Supplement Manual for Speed Measuring Instrument Training Course (Appendix A, B, C, D)

The manuals will be provided by SCC-PSTC. 


Basic Radar Re-Certification Training: A 17-hour (two day) re-certification course for officers seeking re-certification to operate RADAR in North Carolina. Must be currently certified or certification has not been expired more than one year. Must be employed or an appointed law enforcement officer by a state or local agency or be a federal law enforcement officer, BLET certified. Deputies must be in compliance with the Sheriffs’ Standards Commission. Student must provide approved RADAR (s) for practice and testing, patrol vehicle, and current RADAR training manual. To pre-register contact 828-306.7056. Class will not be held if not sufficient enrollment. 

  • SCC, PSTC - Cost: $70

Due to time limitation in re-certification officers will need to review all materials and practice RADAR operations prior to attending this course.

Topics Covered Include:

  1. Course Orientation
  2. Legal and Operational Consideration
  3. Motor Skills Performance Testing
  4. Course Review and Written Examination

Student and/or Agency must provide items listed below:

  • Vehicle equipped with Radar/s for Practice and Testing, which the trainee is seeking certification
  • Current Radar Training Manual
  • Current Supplement Manual for Speed Measuring Instrument Training Course (Appendix A, B, C, D)

The manuals are provided by SCC-PSTC.


RADAR/Time Distance Re-Certification Training: A 16-hour re-certification course for officers seeking re-certification to operate RADAR/TD in North Carolina. Must be currently certified or certification has not been expired more than one year. Must be employed or an appointed law enforcement officer by a state or local agency or be a federal law enforcement officer, certified by NC CJ Commission or NC Sheriffs’ Commission. Student must provide approved RADAR (s) for practice and testing, patrol vehicle, and current RADAR training manual. Call the SCC Public Safety Training Center at 828.306.7054, to schedule this training for your agency.

For more information contact:

David Hensley
Traffic Safety Training Coordinator
Public Safety Training Center
225 Industrial Park Loop • Franklin, NC 28734
Phone: 828.306.7054 • FAX: 828.369.2428
Email: d_hensley@southwesterncc.edu