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All scheduled academies are for agency hired cadets only.  Should space become available for self-sponsorship, eligible candidates must complete an application and enrollment process through IPS.  For further information go to the Broward College/IPS website and click on Criminal Justice Academies and go to the Open Enrollment tab.
Law Enforcement Academy Information
Police Academy
Police Academy classroom.Police Academy
The Law Enforcement Academy, Basic Recruit Training program is a 22-week (770 hours) program that provides training to prepare a student for the physical and mental demands of a career as a Florida police officer or deputy sheriff. Training and classes take place Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Students must be hired, sponsored by an agency.  
Requirements for entry into the Police Academy are:
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Age 19 or higher
  • Good driving record with no tickets
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED (college background highly desirable)
  • Clean criminal record
Test requirements are:
  • Florida Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test for Law Enforcement (CJBAT)
  • Basic Motor Skills Test (Agility)
  • Swim Test
All tests are available at the Criminal Justice Testing Center located on Central Campus. 
For additional information on becoming a certified officer in Florida please contact the Florida Department of Law Enforcement
View full Police Academy program

Police Academy Major Code 5269.pdf

Physical Fitness Preparation Guide.pdf

Police Service Aide (PSA) Academy
Police Service Aide (PSA) Academy 

Polcie service aide training.The Police Service
Aide Academy is a five and a half week training program and meets Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Entry to the academy is available to hired participants. Participants in the Police Service Aide Academy must wear their department-issued uniforms or purchase uniforms.  Uniforms are not provided by Broward College/Institute of Public Safety.
Training is conducted in:
  • First Aid
  •  Traffic Control
  • Parking Enforcement
  • Police Community Relations
  • Traffic Accident Investigations
For more information on how to become a Police Service Aide and enroll in the academy, contact 954-201-4971.
Corrections Officer/Deputy Academy
Corrections Officer/Deputy Academy​
The Corrections Officer/Deputy PSAV certification program prepares you to train to become a State of Florida corrections officer. Corrections officers/deputies typically work in: 
  • City jails
  • County jails
  • State prisons
They are responsible for the supervising, care, custody and physical restraint, when necessary, of inmates.
Courses for the certificate program train you to:
  • Apply first aid safely
  • Prepare for an emergency
  • Defend yourself and others
Upon satisfactory completion of this 420-hour program, students will be eligible to take the State Officer Certification exam for Corrections Officers as prescribed in Florida State Statute Chapter 943.17(1). 
For more information on how to become a Corrections Officer, click here:  

Correctional Probation Officer Academy
Correctional Probation Officer Academy
The Correctional Probation Officer PSAV certification is a three month program which prepares you to work in the State of Florida as a Correctional Probation Officer.  Emphasis is placed on case load management, supervision and defensive tactics.  To enter the Correctional Probation Officer Program, you must first be hired by the state to enter the academy.
The program consists of 449 hours, which is typically completed in three months.  Course topics include:
            Physical fitness training
            Correctional probation training
            Defensive tactics for probation officers
Upon satisfactory completion of this program, student will be eligible to take the State Officer Certification exam for Correctional Probation Officer as prescribed in Chapter 943.17(1) Florida State Statutes.
Corrections Probation Officer Academy Basic Recruit Training Program Code 5304.pdf
Open Enrollment Law Enforcement Academy
Open Enrollment Law Enforcement Academy
 Program is currently under audit.  Please continue to check this page for updates.
Crossover Academies
Corrections Officer Crossover to Law Enforcement Officer Academy
The Law Enforcement Officer Crossover from Correctional Officer PSAV certificate program is designed to train you if you are currently certified in the corrections discipline to laterally move to the law enforcement discipline. This course recognizes your previous training in a basic certification program and meets all requirements of the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.
Upon satisfactory completion, students will be eligible to take the CJSTC Certification Examination, as prescribed in Florida Statute § 943.17(1).
Out-of-State Officers, Federal/Military Officers, Previously Certified Florida Officers
​Equivalency of Training Course
This course is intended for out-of-state officers, federal or military officers and previously certified Florida officers with a four year or more break in service pursuant to section 943.131(2). An officer cannot have more than an 8 year break in service in order to be eligible for this course. The Equivalency of Training Course allows an officer to be exempt from the full basic recruit academy.
Requirements to attend:
  • Worked for at least one year as a full time (40 hours per week) sworn officer in the discipline that you are seeking;
  • Attended an academy comparable to Florida's basic recruit full time academy or
  • Were previously certified in Florida
The course consists of:
  • 92 hours of training for law enforcement
Demonstrate proficiency in the following high liabilities:
  • First Aid
  • Firearms
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Vehicle Operations
Within this course, you will also receive a review for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement State Officer Certification Exam (SOCE). After showing proficiency in these areas and achieving a passing score, you will then be permitted to take the SOCE exam.
College Credit based on Academy Completion and Experience

​Students may earn college credit towards a Criminal Justice degree through Prior Experiential Learning by completing a Police, Corrections or PSA Academy.  For specific requirements, please click on ont of the below Academies:

College Credit for Police Academy

College Credit for Corrections Academy Post 2014

College Credit for PSA Academy

Police Academy FAQ's

When are fees due?

Fees are due the first day of class.

Do I need a college education to be able to attend the academy?
No, the academy entrance standards are established by Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) rules and Florida Statutes.  Currently, only a high school diploma or GED is required to be accepted in a law enforcement or corrections academy training program.
What do I need to be able to attend the academy?
All basic recruit candidates must meet the minimum state qualifications for certification. They must pass a screening process, including a background investigation, criminal history check, Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test, Basic Motor Skills Test (physical agility) and swim test.
Is it necessary to be a Florida resident to attend the academy?
No, but you must be a citizen of the United States.  Recruits from other states will be subject to out-of state fees that are substantially higher for non-Florida residents.
Does the academy have a job placement service?

No.  However, the academy routinely invites representatives from agencies to recruit from each class.

Do I need a college education to become a law enforcement officer, corrections officer or a correctional probation officer?
Although some agencies may require a college degree, there are a greater number that only require a high school diploma or GED.  A bachelor’s degree is required for correctional probation officers.
How often do you offer the basic recruit academy?
Six full-time academies are offered each year.  Please consult our course listing for upcoming scheduled programs.
I have a prior felony arrest. Can I be certified as a law enforcement, correctional or correctional probation officer in the State of Florida?
Any person who, after July 1, 1981, pleads guilty or nolo contendere to, or is found guilty of a felony, or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement, shall not be eligible for employment or appointment as an officer, not-withstanding suspension of sentence or withholding of adjudication.
If the felony charges are dismissed or nolle prosequi  issues regarding the person’s moral character are determined by the employing agency, the person is not barred by statute from holding certification. 
I have a misdemeanor arrest involving perjury or false statements. Can I be certified as a law enforcement officer, correctional or correctional probation officer in the State of Florida?
Pursuant to 943.13(4) Florida Statutes, if a person pleads guilty, no contest, nolo contendere or is convicted of a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement, that person is ineligible to be certified as an officer in the State of Florida.  If the misdemeanor perjury or false statement charges are dismissed or nolle prosequi then issued regarding the person's moral character are determined by the employing agency.  The person is not barred by Statute from holding certification.
I have taken classes at Broward College before. Do I still need to fill out the Broward College application for this program?
Yes.  Information must be updated when you apply for admission into any new program at Broward College to verify that the information you provided before is still current.
How can I become a certified officer in Florida?
There are three basic steps to becoming a certified officer in Florida.  First, complete the required training for the profession.  Second, pass the State Officer Certification Exam (SOCE).  Third, become employed as an officer.
What are the minimum qualifications necessary to become an officer?

We recommend you visit the Florida Department of Law Enforcement website for complete information.

What are the hours of the Basic Recruit Academy?

Monday-Friday 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. 


Police Service Aide Academy FAQ's
What are the hours for the Police Service Aide Academy?

The academy is open Monday-Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

How long is the Police Service Aide Academy?

The academy is approximately 5 ½ weeks long.

What types of duties does a police service aide perform?
Parking enforcement training.

A police service aide typically performs police duties that relate to non-criminal activities, such as parking enforcement or traffic accident investigation.
When should I submit my application for the Police Service Aide Academy?
Applications must be submitted two weeks prior to the start date of the academy.
What is passing score for the Academy?
In accordance with State Law, a student must pass the academy with a score of 80 percent to successfully complete the Academy.
How much time am I permitted to miss from the Academy and still pass?
Students must maintain excellent attendance and cannot miss more than 10 percent of scheduled class sessions.
How should I dress in the Academy?
Students will wear uniforms that will be provided to them.
Pre-Exam Qualification Course FAQ's
If I am certified in another state, can I transfer my certification to Florida?
Yes, in most cases you can. You must contact one of the approved selection centers or an employing agency and provide them with documentation proving that you have worked at least one year as a full-time certified officer, and have comparable training to Florida’s basic recruit training program. Once the selection center or agency determines your eligibility, you will be issued an approved CJSTC Form 76.

Upon receipt of this approval, you will have one year to demonstrate proficiency in the high liability areas (which may take one to two weeks) and pass the State Officer Certification Exam.

If you cannot complete this process within one year from receiving the approved Application for Equivalency, you must complete the full basic recruit training program pursuant to s. 943.131(2), F.S. You are only allowed one Equivalency
How many times can I take the State Officer Certification Exam?
Per the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, you are only permitted three opportunities to pass.
What happens if I don’t pass the exam after three opportunities?
Individuals who do not pass after three attempts must complete the applicable Basic Recruit Training Program and reapply to take the State Officer Certification Exam.
How long do I have to take the State Officer Certification Exam after I complete the Pre-Exam Qualification Course?
You are required to take the SOCE within one year of receiving the exemption, according to the Florida State Statute 943.121.
​Contact Information
Police Academy Contacts
Wayne Boulier, Associate Dean Criminal Justice Training
Building 21, 114

Lisa Biondo, Coordinator Public Safety Programs
Building 21, 113

John Petrone, Associate Dean Professional & Executive Development & Region XIII Testing Center
Building 22, 119

Lynn Zipoli, Executive Assistant
Building 21, 111A

Lera Potter, Executive Assistant
Building 21, Room 111

Artimus Trammell, Career and Technical Education Advisor
Building 21, 126
Police Academy - Instructors
Sharron Bailey, Faculty
Building 21, 141

Roger Torres, Faculty
Building 21, 141

Tamara Spaulding, Faculty
Building 21, 221

Robert Voss, Faculty
Building 21, Room 127A

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