Corrections

FPSI Corrections Class of June 2012Pursuant to Florida Statute 943, Florida law requires correctional officers working for any state, county, or private institution to be certified. The Florida Public Safety Institute provides the training section of the process of becoming a certified correctional officer in Florida.

The Florida Public Safety Institute provides the 420 hours needed to become eligible to take the State Officers Certification Exam. You will meet the minimum standards for employment as a correctional officer in a Florida-based facility operated by a public or private employer. The job market for corrections is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations. According to the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation Labor Market Statistics, salaries in this industry vary greatly, based on the skill and experience levels of the employee.

Currently, median earnings for Correctional Officers in Florida are $37,880. Full benefit packages are usually included, along with a liberal pension plan. Many correctional officers retire at 75 percent of their salary after meeting the required years of service. This certification ensures that the public is served by officers who are ethical, qualified, and well trained.

Steps to Apply

Complete the Steps to Apply to TCC, then complete and submit the FPSI application and include all the required documents. The FPSI application is attached to the course.

If you have taken classes at TCC, you will still need to apply for admission into any new program at TCC to verify that the information you provided previously is up-to-date.

Florida Residency

Although it is not required that you ara a Florida resident to attend the academy, you must be a citizen of the United States. Recruits from other states will be subject to out-of-state fees that are about three times the rate for in-state tuition. Contact the coordinator listed on the course announcement for exact amounts.

Corrections FAQs

What are the requirements to attend the academy?

Basic Requirements

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.

Education Requirements

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.

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.

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.

When are fees due?

Fees are due the first day of class.

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.

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.

Does the academy have a job placement service?

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

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.