Thank you for your interest in obtaining your Florida certification for Law Enforcement or Corrections. Our Equivalency of Training (EOT) classes are normally scheduled throughout the year. Please check the Calendar page for the most updated information. If you have any questions please contact Darren Mingear, Academy Coordinator at email@example.com.
The EOT process is for out-of-state officers, federal officers and previously certified Florida officers with a four year or more break-in-service pursuant to section 943.131(2), Florida Statutes and Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) 11B-35.009(4)(5). The EOT allows an officer to be exempt from having to complete the full basic recruit academy. You may be eligible for an exemption from the full basic recruit training if you meet the following requirements (see 11B-35.009 F.A.C. for more details):
1. You worked at least one year, full-time (40 hours per week) as a sworn officer in the discipline you are seeking exemption, vested with authority to bear arms and make arrests;
2. You received training in that discipline which is comparable to Florida's full basic recruit curriculum and/or;
3. You were previously certified in Florida.
There can be no more than an 8 year break in employment as an officer. The break in employment is measured from the separation date of the most recent qualifying employment to the time a complete application requesting an exemption from training is submitted to a Criminal Justice Selection Center or criminal justice employing agency. Once you are approved for an EOT, you will need to demonstrate proficiency in the high liability areas and pass the State Officer Certification Examination (SOCE) in the same discipline within 1 year of receipt of the approved Equivalency of Training CJSTC Form 76. The EOT includes the SOCE review, but the trainee is solely responsible for registering for and taking the SOCE.
Please submit the forms below if you are interested in having your records evaluated for training equivalency.