Equivalency of Training (EOT) Review Process

As an out-of-state law enforcement or corrections officer, correctional probation officer, or federal law enforcement officer seeking employment in the State of Florida, or if you were formerly certified in Florida as a law enforcement officer you may request an exemption from some basic level training courses. In order to qualify your break in service can be no more than eight (8) years.

The Brevard Police Testing Center (BPTC) offers an Equivalency of Training (EOT) review service. You must submit documentation of your law enforcement/ corrections employment and training for an equivalency of training review. Documentation must reflect one (1) year, full-time prior law enforcement/corrections officer experience and successful completion in all of the minimum primary training areas.

Click here for information on law enforcement classes that are required before taking the eight-day equivalency of training program. For corrections officers interested in equivalency of training, see the list of corrections-related class prerequisites here.

PLEASE NOTE:  Once your Form 76 has been approved you will have one year, and no longer, to take a proficiency course, such as the one offered by Eastern Florida State College, AND pass the State Officer Certification Examination (SOCE), which is offered here at the BPTC. If you do not complete the training and pass the SOCE within the 1-year period, you may apply for another exemption from training, but you must be eligible pursuant to Chapter 943.131(2) at the time of application. BPTC will work with you on timing the approval of the Form 76 to coordinate with the course you will take. This will give you the most time to prepare for the SOCE and any necessary re-takes.

Click on the categories below for complete information about BPTC's Equivalency Training review service.

 Equivalency of Training Information

Application Fee

NOTE: All fees paid in connection with Equivalency of Training are NON-REFUNDABLE.

In order to Initiate an equivalency evaluation you must submit an application fee of $350 for out-of-state officers, and $200 for inactive Florida-certified applicants. Money order only. Personal checks and cash will not be accepted. See How to Apply for more information.

Certified Applicants & Exemptions

All applicants seeking admission to the BPTC employment pool must complete the assessment process. Certified applicants are exempt from the Reading Test and CJ-BAT. Certified officers with more than one year of law enforcement experience are exempt from the Oral Interview Assessment.

Certified applicants must complete the Candidate Self-Report (CSR) and Physical Abilities Assessment. Certified applicants are subject to the CSR Interview and the post-assessment screening process. Certified applicants are subject to the BPTC Minimum Standards for Admission and the Standards of Good Moral Character as outlined in the Florida Administrative Code, Rule 11B-27. A fee of $400 will be collected during the registration process. Money order only.

Applicants who have received a conditional offer of employment from a local agency will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the hiring agency.

Documentation Submission & Demonstration of Proficiency 

If your documentation is found to be sufficient, the BPTC will submit an equivalency of Training review form (CJSTC 76) to Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) for their approval. If the FDLE approves your request then you will be eligible to advance in the EOT process. The next step is to complete a course that demonstrates your proficiency in four high-liability areas of expertise, followed by the Florida State Officer Certification Exam (SOCE).

Eligibility for Employment upon Completion

Completion of the EOT process makes you eligible for employment at a law enforcement agency in Brevard County or within the State of Florida.

Qualifying for Equivalency

Qualifying for equivalency on the basis of being certified in another state, federal service or military law enforcement is not guaranteed. Selection centers are held to strict standards by the applicable statutes and administrative codes, and the Department of Law Enforcement in reviewing training records. An applicant's training must be substantially the same as that received by a Florida officer.

Our experience at BPTC shows that the most common shortfalls are in the high-liability areas of First Aid and Emergency Vehicle Operations, courses for which Florida officers receive at least a full week of training in each.  Some specialized agencies train only in investigations and do not train in patrol or traffic; conversely, some omit investigations altogether if that is not part of the agency mission. We will work closely with an applicant to help him/her achieve the required minimum training. This is usually best accomplished in the applicant's current locale. Call if you have questions prior to applying.

State Exam & Equivalency Process

Remember, in the Equivalency process you are actually challenging the State Exam. The examination is the same one given to cadets who have just graduated from a full Curriculum Maintenance System (CMS) police academy using scenario-based training techniques over approximately seventeen weeks of full- time instruction. While your former training and experience will be helpful in most topics, some of the nomenclature and concepts may be presented in ways that are new to you. This can affect your performance on the written SOCE.

Fifty (50) percent of Equivalency applicants fail this exam on the first try. That is an expensive and time-consuming gamble if you choose not to prepare. We recommend that you develop an aggressive and dedicated study schedule using the recommended curriculum.

Worksheet for Completion of Requirements

  • Did you submit a certified check or money order for $350 ($200 for inactive Florida-certified officers)? (Personal checks will not be accepted).
  • Did you complete the Equivalency of Training Application and the FDLE "Authority For Release of Information" (CJSTC Form 58)? Go to the Forms page from the section on the left side of the screen. Both forms must be notarized and mailed or brought to our offices.
  • Does your application include the exact dates of employment as a full-time law enforcement or corrections officer and position title?
  • Does your application have complete addresses and phone numbers for your agency and training center?
  • Does your training documentation verify training in the 10 minimum primary areas (7 for Corrections)?
  • Did you retain copies of the information that you submitted for an equivalency of training review?