Selection Center

The Academy Selection Center is an affiliate of the IRSC Criminal Justice Institute. The sole purpose of the Selection Center is to test applicants through various means to determine if the applicant is trainable and if the applicant possesses those traits that might make them hireable after academy training. Students applying to the Law Enforcement Academy or Corrections Academy must first be processed through the Academy Selection Center.
Law Enforcement and Corrections Academies are Selective Admission Programs.
Applicants must complete the selection procedures outlined below prior to acceptance into these training programs. Applicants who meet the minimum criteria in all areas will be scheduled for the next available Academy.
Please review the Criminal Justice Selection Center Policy Manual before proceeding further. After doing so, if you have a question regarding your eligibility, contact the Selection Center before applying. 
Proposed Academy dates and applications are found at the bottom of the page. 
  • Be at least 19 years of age by the time of academy completion for Law Enforcement Academy and at least 18 years of age for Corrections Academy.
  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Have graduated from High School or have obtained a state-issued GED certificate or equivalent, as determined acceptable by the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.
  • Possess a valid driver's license. The applicant must have a valid Florida Driver License at the time of the Academy entry.
  • Be of good moral character, as defined in the Selection Center Policy Manual. 
  • Not have been convicted of ANY felony, or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statements as the terms are defined by law, regardless of whether or not adjudication has been withheld. 
  • Not have been dishonorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States.
  • Not have falsified their application or personal history forms.
  • Not have used marijuana for one year prior to application. This must have been experimental use only. 
  • Not have had a suspended driver's license for one year prior to application (except for DMV or Financial Errors).
  • Other eligibility requirements are defined in greater depth in the Selection Center Policy Manual. (Located in the application packet below under important documents)

Step 1: Testing

Prior to the beginning of the selection process, the applicant must successfully pass:

  • Physical Abilities Test (PAT score valid for 6 months) - $40.00 fee (Click Here to Register)
    • Must bring original medical waiver clearance form from physician found at the bottom of this website
  • Physical Abilities Test (PRACTICE TEST) - $40.00 fee (Click Here to Register)
    • Must bring a copy of the medical waiver clearance form from physician found at the bottom of this website
Step 2: Application
Once the above testing is successfully completed,
the selection process will begin.
Please allow at least 90 days or more prior to the projected start of an Academy.
The applicant must download the following Law Enforcement Application Packet found at the end of this section:
  • Personal History Questionnaire
  • CJSTC form 75 (Original Form-not a copy)*
  • Selection Center Policy Manual
*A medical examination from a licensed physician is required with the Personal History Questionnaire but is not included as part of the Selection Center testing fee.
The completed CJSTC medical form (CJSTC 75) must be submitted with the Personal History Questionnaire.
PLEASE NOTE:  Pursuant to s. 943.16(6) F.S., the applicant must have passed the physical examination by a licensed physician, physician assistant, or licensed advanced practice registered nurse, based on specifications established by the commission.  The physician credentials may only be that of a MD, DO, ARNP, PA and cannot be a Chiropractor/DC.
Applicants must schedule an appointment with the Selection Center Coordinator to return their COMPLETED application packet. INCOMPLETE packets will not be accepted and appointments may be rescheduled. 
Please call (772) 462-7961 to schedule this appointment.
Step 3: Processing
The Region XI Selection Center testing processing fee is
$600 which includes two phases of testing ($135 and $465)
PHASE I COSTS ($135.00) - You can pay by clicking here 
==> Phase I payment is due prior to your scheduled interview and appointment with the Selection Center Coordinator.
  • Initial Comprehensive Interview and Evaluation
  • Fingerprint Scan
  • Criminal History Check
  • Administrative Fees
PHASE II COSTS ($465.00) - You can pay by clicking here
==> Phase II payment is not due until you have successfully passed Phase I and the Selection Center Coordinator has contacted you with instructions on Phase II and when to make your payment.
  • CVSA Examination
  • Integrity Evaluation and Screening
  • Background Investigation
  • Final Comprehensive Assessment
An additional fee will be charged by the St. Lucie County Courthouse
of $25.00 for a drug screen. 
All tests except the medical examination will be scheduled
by Selection Center Personnel.