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    Florida State College at Jacksonville
  May 19, 2022
2015-2016 Catalog [Aug. 2015-Aug. 2016] 
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Florida Law Enforcement Academy (5797) (W.C.)

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Workforce Certificate (PSAV/Clock Hour program)

This is a limited access program.

This program provides training to satisfactorily perform the basic duties and responsibilities of an entry level police officer. Applicants must successfully complete the selection process described below prior to being admitted into the program. Once admitted, students can expect to be part of an academically and physically rigorous program. Students must pass 16 written exams with a minimum score of 80% and demonstrate 100% proficiency in four high liability areas (vehicle operations, first responder, defensive tactics, firearms) and participate fully in instructor led physical training.


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

Need More Information? Contact:

Rick Lewis, Criminal Justice Center, (904) 713-4877 or


Upon successful completion of the law enforcement basic recruitment training, students may receive college credit toward the Criminal Justice Technology (2239) (A.S.)  degree program. See the program description for credit award requirements.

Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded a Postsecondary Training certificate, students must have met the following requirements.

  1. Students must fulfill all academic requirements for the chosen program of study as outlined in the Florida State College at Jacksonville catalog and curriculum.
  2. Earn minimum prescribed clock hours for the chosen program of study with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (“C”) on a 4.0 scale on all courses that apply to the chosen program of study.
  3. Complete a minimum of 25 percent of the total clock hours required for a certificate’s program requirements at Florida State College at Jacksonville.
  4. Students must have fulfilled all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before they may graduate.
  5. Students must earn a TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) score that meets or exceeds the program’s exit requirement, if applicable.

Note: Students are cautioned to provide particular attention to the following statements.

  1. A student’s graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation dates, since the grade change is effective at the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
  2. Students who enter under the (2015/2016) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2015/2016 academic year.  The student’s assigned catalog year will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  3. Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite requirements and/or co-requisite courses listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.

Gainful Employment

This is a gainful employment program. Visit the Gainful Employment page for gainful employment programs’ placement and on-time completion rates, median loan amounts, SOC codes and estimated program costs.

Gainful employment programs include only training programs of at least one academic year that lead to a certificate and credentialed non-degree programs (credit programs requiring 30 or fewer credit hours and clock hour programs requiring 600 or more contact hours). These programs prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

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