The Law Enforcement Academy at Eastern Florida State College partners with the Brevard Police Testing & Selection Center (BPTC) to select students for Academy classes. The BPTC performs all screening and testing verification because Academy applicants must first take the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT), a requirement of the State of Florida to enter any law enforcement academy, or qualify for a CJBAT exemption, such as students who qualify for EFSC's Special Operations Forces Academy option. During screening, applicants must also pass the Physical Abilities Test (review the PAT information in the box on this page).
Upon successfully meeting the CJBAT requirement, the applicant will complete a biographical information package and interview with BPTC staff. The applicant is then fingerprinted and the prints are sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for a criminal records check. The biographical information and interview will be used to conduct a background investigation that will determine if the applicant is qualified under Florida law and administrative code to enter the Academy. The screening process costs $450 so because of the investment of time and money, you should request an appointment with a BPTC investigator before you pay for screening if you think there is anything in your background that would prevent you from becoming a law enforcement officer.
Once the BPTC prepares a class roster of qualified applicants, the Public Safety Institute's program coordinators will follow up with prospective students and provide complete information on the next steps to enter the Academy. Visit the admissions qualifications page for an overview of the Academy application process. EFSC offers the Law Enforcement Academy full-time during daytime hours, Monday through Thursday, at select times throughout the year, with the Academy lasting approximately 22 weeks. Evening, part-time and auxiliary officer Academy classes are created as the need warrants and last about eight months.
The Law Enforcement Basic Training for Special Operations Forces Recruits program is a highly structured and disciplined program with specific standards, procedures, and regulations. This option in EFSC's Law Enforcement Academy is available to students who have Special Operations Forces military training and meet eligibility requirements, such as providing a copy of their DD214 to the BPTC during the screening process. Students who qualify can be part of an EFSC Academy cohort, but with reduced coursework requirements in accordance with the Special Operations Forces curriculum. See the program advisor if you think you qualify and want to apply under this cohort option and view the catalog curriculum for full requirements.
BPTC offers year-round testing, but classes are finalized eight weeks prior to start. The selection process requires about four months from CJBAT to approval. Applicants should plan accordingly to take the CJBAT and promptly submit all required paperwork for the background information.
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Florida Law Enforcement Academy
This certificate program provides minimum standards education for law enforcement officers as required by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, Florida Department of Law Enforcement. This program prepares the student to sit for the State examination administered by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Individuals must be at least 19 years of age to sit for the State exam. Applicants must successfully complete the basic abilities test (BAT) for Law Enforcement and the Brevard Police Testing process for entry into this program.
Crossover Correctional Officer to Law Enforcement Officer
This program provides minimum standards training for Certified Corrections Officers who wish to become certified or hold dual-certified certification as a Law Enforcement Officer. (Must pass basic abilities test for entrance into this program.)
Auxiliary Law Enforcement Officer
This certificate program provides the student with minimum standards training to become a Law Enforcement Auxiliary Officer. Auxiliary officers work with police or sheriff agencies and provide assistance to certified officers and law enforcement agency staff. Applicants must successfully complete the basic abilities test (CJBAT) for Law Enforcement.
For applications, program inquiries, and testing information contact Brevard Police Testing Center at 321-433-5638. Training is conducted at the Melbourne Campus, Public Safety Institute, Building 8.
Upcoming Academy Info & Admissions Testing Note
Due to the high demand for training and class size requirements, placement is limited.
Beginning the academy selection process as soon as possible increases the chance of
getting into the class of your choice. The first step for law enforcement applicants
is screening through the Brevard Police Testing and Selection Center. All Law Enforcement Academy applicants are required to pass the Physical Abilities Test (PAT). The test is more challenging, timed (completion required within 6:04) and has a
required qualifying score so applicants should review the requirements and prepare.
View upcoming PAT Testing Dates
PLEASE NOTE: Passing PAT scores are only valid for six months. Any applicant who does not successfully enter or attend the Law Enforcement Academy within six months after participating in the PAT will be required to re-take the Physical Abilities Test.Full-time Day Academy Start Dates:
October 30, 2023
January 29, 2024
April 29, 2024
July 29, 2024
October 28, 2024
Anyone wishing to be considered for a future Academy or who has questions about testing should contact the Brevard Police Testing and Selection Center at 321-433-5638 or 321-433-5640 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org