Frequently Asked Questions
What are the steps for entering the academy?
I've applied online. Do I need to do anything else?
Yes. You must complete and submit the FPSI application and include all the required documents. The FPSI application is attached to the course.
Where can I stay if I need accommodations when I come to the Institute for training?
We offer on-site single occupancy housing for $26.00 per night. All rooms have color TV, data port as well as wireless service, private restroom, refrigerator, and a lockable drawer for valuables. Please bring a padlock to secure your valuables in the drawer.
What are the minimum qualifications necessary to become an officer?
We recommend you visit the Florida Department of Law Enforcement web site for complete information.
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.
I am not currently a Florida resident. What will the tuition be?
Out of state tuition is set by the state at about 3 times the rate for in-state tuition. Contact the coordinator listed on the course announcement for exact amounts.
I’ve taken classes at TCC before. Do I still need to fill out the TCC application for this program?
Yes. Information must be updated when you apply for admission into any new program at TCC to verify that the information you provided before is still current.
I have a misdemeanor arrest involving perjury or false statements. Can I be certified as a law enforcement, correctional or correctional probation officer in the State of Florida?
Pursuant to 943.13(4) Florida Statutes, if a person pleads guilty, no contest, nolle 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 prossed then 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 prior felony arrest. Can I be certified as a law enforcement, correctional or correctional probation officer in the State of Florida?
Pursuant to 943.13(4) Florida Statutes, if a person pleads guilty, no contest, noble contender or is convicted of a felony, that person is ineligible to be certified as an officer in the State of Florida.
If the felony charges are dismissed or noble pressed then issues regarding the person’s moral character are determined by the employing agency. The person is not barred by Statute from holding certification.
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.
Does the academy have a job placement service?
No. However, the academy routinely invites representatives from agencies statewide to recruit from each class.
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.
What do I need to do 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 an oral interview, criminal history check, Florida Basic Abilities Test (FBAT/CJBAT) and other areas.
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.
When are fees due?
Fees are due the first day of class.
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