3340 | Law Enforcement (Basic)

Occupational Certificate

Description of Program:

This program is designed to train you to become a law enforcement officer in the state of Florida, and it meets the state requirements as approved by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission. Upon successful completion of this occupational certificate, you will be eligible to take the state certification examination to become a certified law enforcement officer. You must attend all sessions of training and score a minimum of 80 percent on all examinations per Administrative Rule.

Special Admission Requirements

You must:

  1. obtain authorization from the Director of Public Service prior to registering for all or part of this program.
  2. possess a valid Florida Driver’s License.
  3. be 19 years of age prior to graduation from the Academy.
  4. be a citizen of the United States of America.
  5. submit to a background inquiry prior to admission (additional fee for fingerprint submission)
  6. not have a record of conviction for any felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude or domestic violence.
  7. successfully pass a Basic Abilities Test (additional fee) prior to admission.
  8. complete an Academy Application prior to admission.
  9. pass a physical exam for physical fitness training
* Weapons and uniforms that meet academy specifications are the student’s responsibility. See academy staff for details.
* You must register for these classes as a “block” of instruction.

Length: 770 contact hours / 25.7 occupational credits


  CJK 0007 Introduction to Law Enforcement   11
  CJK 0008 Legal   69
  CJK 0011 Human Issues   40
  CJK 0017 Communications   76
  CJK 0020 Vehicle Operations   48
  CJK 0031 First Aid Criminal Justice   40
  CJK 0040 Firearms   80
  CJK 0051 Defensive Tactics   80
  CJK 0061 Patrol I   58
  CJK 0062 Patrol II   40
  CJK 0071 Criminal Investigations   56
  CJK 0076 Crime Scene Investigations   24
  CJK 0082 Traffic Stops   24
CJK 0083 DUI Traffic Stops 24
  CJK 0086 Traffic Crash Investigations   32
  CJK 0096 Physical Fitness Training   60
  CJK 0422 Dart-Firing Stun Gun Use   8

NOTE: Courses, hours, and requirements are subject to change as determined and required by the state of Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.

Gainful Employment Disclosure


Award Year 2010-2011    2011-2012
Students Completing Program* 47 57
Program Costs:  
  Tuition and Fees $3,383.93 $3,585.63
  Books and Supplies $946.00 $946.00
  Total $4,329.93 $4,531.63
Debt at Program Completion:  
  Median of Federal Loans $2,672.00 $0.00
  Median of Private Loans $5,000.00 $0.00
Program Completion in Normal Time:  
  Normal Program Length 10 months 10 months
  Students Completing in Normal Time NA 61.40%
Job Placement Rate for Completers: NA 70%
NA - Data Not Available  
* - Completers data based on fiscal year (July 1 - June 30)