Equivalency of Training Application Process

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Step 1: Complete EOT Application

Complete the Equivalency Of Training (EOT) Application. To qualify, your employment records must establish that you were employed as a full-time (40 hours per week) sworn officer (authorized to bear arms and make arrests), either by working for a single agency for one full year, or for a cumulative twelve full months at two agencies within an eighteen-month period. Qualifying employment cannot include time spent in an academy, even if you were receiving pay while attending. There cannot be more than an 8-year gap from the end of your most recent qualifying employment to the submission of your complete EOT Application.Formerly certified Florida officers with more than four (4) but less than eight (8) years of separation of service must also complete the EOT process.

Employments that typically do not establish EOT qualification are seasonal, part-time, reserve (civilian or military), volunteers, military security forces, military vessel-boarding teams, etc. The addresses you provide must be complete and must be for the specific office that is authorized to provide verifications for training or employment. The application must be notarized. We verify all qualifications.

Step 2: Review BPTC Honesty & Integrity Guidelines

Law enforcement officers are expected to maintain the good moral character that gained them their positions at the beginning of a career. It is critical that your BPTC application and other law enforcement applications consistently disclose any and all issues regarding your conduct.  Most often we find that it is not the issues themselves that result in disqualification, but failure to disclose the issues, which can constitute falsification of the application process. Any falsification will result in disqualification.

If you have questions about such standards or your ability to meet them, please contact the agency(s) where you intend to seek employment. The Sheriff and Chiefs of Police of Brevard County have established minimum standards for applicants to the basic academy that would apply to EOT applicants. Further disqualification issues can be found in the Good Moral Character section of the Florida Administrative Code, Section 11B-27.

Step 3: Execute FDLE Release of Information Waiver

Execute the waiver we need to verify your training and employment, FDLE "Authority For Release of Information" (CJSTC Form 58). This waiver must also be notarized.

Step 4: Attach All Training Documentation

Attach all documentation (course curriculum and certificate of completion) showing that you completed training in all the required subjects listed below for your discipline (law enforcement or corrections). This training may be from your employer, an accredited college, or a certified state, local, or federal training academy. Our evaluation is a careful comparison of your training with Florida standards. Please provide a detailed curriculum valid at the time you received your training.These are the EOT subject areas to be evaluated:

Law Enforcement Comparable Training

  • Law Enforcement Legal Issues
  • Criminal Justice Communications and Report
  • Writing
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Weapons
  • Defensive Tactics
  • First Responder or Equivalent
  • Medical Training
  • Vehicle Operations
  • Investigations
  • Law Enforcement Patrol
  • Traffic Enforcement and Investigation

 

Corrections Comparable Training
  • Correctional Legal Issues
  • Report Writing
  • Interpersonal   Skills
  • Weapons
  • Defensive Tactics
  • First Responder or Equivalent
  • Correctional Facility Operations
Correctional Probation Comparable Training
  • Correctional Probation Officer Legal Issues
  • Report Writing
  • Interpersonal  Skills
  • Weapons
  • Defensive Tactics
  • First Responder or Equivalent
  • Probationer Supervision

 

Employment Documentation:

Employment documentation must include proof of employment as a certified law enforcement officer for a minimum of one (1) year in a full time capacity, EXCLUDING TIME ATTENDING A BASIC ACADEMY.

If you have only one (1) year of full-time experience, it can be accumulated from no more than two (2) agencies in an eighteen- (18) month period.

Written documentation from your employer(s) must include:

  • exact dates of full-time employment
  • position title

Training Documentation:

Written documentation from your employer or law enforcement training academy must include:

  • The training curriculum for the basic law enforcement training academy you attended.
  • A list of the in service training courses you attended.A list of the advance training courses you attended.
  • Diploma/certificate from basic recruit training (not required for in-service or advanced training).

NOTE: We will send for all verifications.  All employments and training verification documents must be on official letterhead or forms with original ink signatures of the certifying authority, sent directly from the employer/academy to BPTC. We do not accept verification forms sent from the applicant.  Official transcripts must have the appropriate seal affixed. Copies of certificates will be accepted with accompanying official transcripts. The equivalency evaluation will not proceed unless complete documentation is submitted. Originals will be returned to you after we make copies.

Step 5: Submit Application Fee

In order to initiate an equivalency evaluation you must submit an application fee of $350 for out-of-state officers, $200 for inactive Florida-certified applicants. Personal checks and cash will not be accepted. ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

A money order made payable to the Brevard Police Testing Center is the only acceptable form of payment. Be sure to clearly print your own name on the money order in the space provided.

Step 6: Mail or Bring All Required Items to BPTC

Mail or bring all the above to:
Brevard Police Testing Center
3865 N. Wickham Road
Melbourne, FL 32935

What Comes Next: BPTC conducts the curriculum evaluation and if you qualify, submits it to Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). When your evaluation is complete, we will send you the CJSTC-76 form. You will then have 365 days from the date you receive that form to complete High Liability Proficiency Training required for your discipline (law enforcement or corrections) and pass the State Officer Certification Examination (SOCE). This training can be completed at an approved training center such as Eastern Florida State College's Criminal Justice Center, where the Brevard Police Testing Center is located.

Please review the Equivalency Worksheet before submitting the package.

Questions? Call us at 321-433-5640