Florida Law Enforcement Academy

Workforce Certificate

Florida Law Enforcement Academy

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The Florida Law Enforcement Academy Workforce Certificate (W.C.) provides students with exceptional law enforcement learning opportunities in subjects including evidence gathering, investigation and criminal law, traffic control, patrol procedures and weaponry training based on requirements of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Upon completion, students will be fully prepared for state certification exams and law enforcement jobs including a police officer or detective.

Interested candidates must complete both FSCJ’s College application and the Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Program Application to be consider for police academy.


The mission of the Law Enforcement Officer Career Certificate Program is to provide education and training to prepare students to take and pass the State Officer Certification Exam and to perform the duties of an entry-level police officer.


The Northeast Florida Criminal Justice Center is a certified training center through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The program is based on the mandated curriculum established by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.

Program Requirements

  • Must be at least 19 years old
  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Must have graduated from a high school or obtained a high school equivalency certificate
  • Must possess a valid driver's license
  • Must be of good moral character
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony regardless of whether or not adjudication was withheld
  • Must not have been convicted of domestic violence
  • Must not have been convicted of a misdemeanor involving perjury or making a false statement as defined by law, regardless of whether or not adjudication was withheld
  • Must not have been dishonorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces
  • Must not have falsified their program application or personal history

Application Procedure 

  • Take and pass the Law Enforcement Florida Basic Abilities Test (FBAT)
  • Have a medical examination certifying your level of fitness to participate in the program
  • Pass a physical ability test (PAT)
  • Pass a drug screen
  • Have a driver history check
  • Have a criminal background check
  • Pass a background investigation and a polygraph exam
  • Pass an oral entrance interview

Program Code: 5797

770 Contact Hours

Limited Access

School of Business, Professional Studies, and Public Safety
Additional Costs

Approximately $1,000 for background checks, polygraph and uniforms.

Financial Aid Eligibility

Financial aid is available, if qualified.


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Alternative ways to earn credit

You may be eligible to receive credit toward this degree through Prior Learning Assessment. Examples include industry certifications, certain PSAV programs, credit by examination, or creating a portfolio of learning experiences. For more information, contact an academic advisor or learn more about Accelerated College.

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Degree Options

Upon successful completion of the law enforcement basic recruitment training, students may receive college credit toward the A.S. in Criminal Justice Technology degree program. See the program description for credit award requirements. Graduates from this certificate program, will be able to apply for criminal justice jobs, after successfully passing the state certification exams.

Career Opportunities

Police officers protect lives and property. Detectives and criminal investigators, who are sometimes called agents or special agents, gather facts and collect evidence of possible crimes (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

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