Law Enforcement Academy Information

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 this website.

Open Enrollment Law Enforcement Academy

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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 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 12:45 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Students must be hired, sponsored by an agency.  

Requirements for entry into the Police Academy are:

 Test requirements are:

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 (PDF)

Physical Fitness Preparation Guide (PDF)

Police Academy FAQ's

Fees are due the first day of class.​

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.​

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.

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.

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

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.

Six full-time academies are offered each year.  Please consult our course listing for upcoming scheduled programs.

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.

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.​

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.

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.

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

Police Service Aide (PSA) Academy

Aide Academy is a five and a half week training program and meets Monday through Friday from 7:45 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: 

For more information on how to become a Police Service Aide and enroll in the academy, contact 954-201-4971.

Police Service Aide Academy Major Code 5271 (PDF)

Police Service Aide Academy FAQ's

A police service aide typically performs police duties that relate to non-criminal activities, such as parking enforcement or traffic accident investigation.

Applications must be submitted two weeks prior to the start date of the academy.

In accordance with State Law, a student must pass the academy with a score of 80 percent to successfully complete the Academy.​

Students must maintain excellent attendance and cannot miss more than 10 percent of scheduled class sessions.​

Students will wear uniforms that will be provided to them.

Corrections Officer/Deputy Academy

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). 

 7:45 AM-5: 00 PM Monday thru Friday

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: 

They are responsible for the supervising, care, custody and physical restraint, when necessary, of inmates.

Courses for the certificate program train you to:

For more information on how to become a Corrections Officer, click here:  

Broward Sheriff’s Office Detention Deputy Sheriff Information and Application

Corrections Officer Academy Basic Recruit Training Program Code 5270 (PDF)

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.

7:45 AM-5: 00 PM Monday thru Friday

The program consists of 449 hours, which is typically completed in three months.  Course topics include:

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)

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).

Correctional Officer Crossover to Florida Law Enforcement Officer Academy Major Code 5278 (PDF)

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:

The course consists of 92 hours of training for law enforcement. Demonstrate proficiency in the following high liabilities:

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 (PDF)

College Credit for Corrections Academy Post 2014 (PDF)

College Credit for PSA Academy (PDF)

Resources

Wayne Boulier, Associate Dean Criminal Justice Training

Building 21, 114

954-201-6396

email: wboulier@broward.edu

 

Lisa Biondo, Coordinator Public Safety Programs

Building 21, 113

954-201-6923

email: lbiondo@broward.edu

 

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

Building 22, 119

954-201-6693

email: jpetrone@broward.edu

 

Lynn Zipoli, Executive Assistant

Building 21, 111A

954-201-6792

email: lzipoli@broward.edu

 

Lera Potter, Executive Assistant

Building 21, Room 111

954-201-4971

email: lpotter@broward.edu​

 

Artimus Trammell, Career and Technical Education Advisor

Building 21, 126

954-201-6919

email: atrammel@broward.edu

Sharron Bailey, Faculty

Building 21, 141

954-201-6802

email: sbailey@broward.edu

 

Roger Torres, Faculty

Building 21, 141

954-201-6810

email: rtorres1@broward.edu

 

Tamara Spaulding, Faculty

Building 21, 221

954-201-6799

email: tspauldi@broward.edu

Robert Voss, Faculty

Building 21, Room 127A

954-201-4346

email: rvoss@broward.edu

Pre-Exam Qualification Course FAQ's

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​

Per the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, you are only permitted three opportunities to pass.

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. ​

You are required to take the SOCE within one year of receiving the exemption, according to the Florida State Statute 943.121.