Corrections Academy Entrance Steps

STEP #1: Are You Eligible to Become a Correctional Officer, per Florida Statute?

Pursuant to Florida Statute 943.13, all applicants must meet the following eligibility qualifications for academy acceptance, and employment or appointment as a Correctional Officer in the State of Florida:

  • Be at least 19 years of age
  • Be a high school graduate or its "equivalent" (GED)
  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Possess a valid driver's license
  • Not have been convicted of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement, or have received a dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States. Any person who, after July 1, 1981, pleads guilty or nolo contendere to or is found guilty of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement is not eligible for employment or appointment as an officer, notwithstanding suspension of sentence or withholding of adjudication. Notwithstanding this subsection, any person who has pled nolo contendere to a misdemeanor involving a false statement, prior to December 1, 1985, and has had such record sealed or expunged shall not be deemed ineligible for employment or appointment as an officer.
  • Must be of good moral character.
  • Not have been convicted of any misdemeanor involving domestic violence.
  • Pursuant to the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997, which amends the Gun Control Act of 1968, any person convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence as defined by the Act, is prohibited from shipping, transporting, possessing, or receiving firearms or ammunition. This includes convictions where adjudication has been withheld, but not including those convictions that have been expunged or otherwise set aside or pardoned.

You will be required to submit official documentation (official court documents from the Clerk of Court, arrest reports, official statements, etc) and it is your responsibility to be familiar with the disposition of any court appearance/case, and any details concerning any issues found in your fingerprinting report or in any other form of investigative resource that may be used by Eastern Florida State College OR your potential employer to determine your eligibility to become a Corrections Officer.

STEP #2: Pass the Entrance Exams

Exam #1: The Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT)

Register to take and successfully pass the Correctional Officer Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) approved by the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission. The Correctional Officer CJBAT is administered at Brevard Police Testing and Selection Center (BPTC) at the EFSC Melbourne Campus, Building 8. The cost of the Correctional Officer CJBAT is $75 (money orders only). Please visit the BPTC website for the registration form and instructions to schedule an appointment. Or call Nydia Saunders at 321-433-5638 for more information on the exam. A study guide is also available on their website for a fee. NOTE: The CJBAT is not a generic test for criminal justice academy programs. You must specifically request to take the CJBAT for Correctional Officers. The Law Enforcement Officer CJBAT is unacceptable for this program.

Exam #2: The Physical Abilities Test (PAT)

The Physical Abilities Test (PAT) is administered at Brevard Police Testing Center at the EFSC Melbourne Campus, Building 8. This test in required in order to be eligible to attend the Corrections Academy at EFSC. The test is challenging, timed and has a required qualifying score. We are providing advance notice so that applicants have ample time to develop their physical fitness levels to successfully pass the test.  The cost of the PAT is $50 (money orders only). Please visit the BPTC website for the registration form and instructions to schedule an appointment. On that site you can also learn more and view a video regarding the Physical Abilities Test requirements. Applicants having questions may call 321-433-5638 or email Police Testing at

STEP # 3: Gain Sponsorship to the Academy

At this point, you can contact a recruiter for sponsorship/employment during the Corrections Academy. Sponsorship means that a correctional agency may hire you prior to the academy, and provide you with paid training while you attend the academy, and they will pay for your tuition, lab fees, and most of the uniform items. EFSC is NOT an employing agency and EFSC does NOT recruit for the agencies. It is the student's responsibility to contact the agency recruiters and research the agency's website for employment processing and benefits information. You may contact the Brevard County agency recruiters at: Brevard County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) in Sharpes, Fl at 321- 690-1505 If you are unable to obtain employment and sponsorship to the academy, you may self-sponsor yourself through your military benefits, or possibly Brevard Workforce. See the FINANCIAL AID section in the Estimated Expenses.

STEP #4: Complete the Corrections Academy Biographic Application Process

The Corrections Academy Biographic Application consist of two parts. Part 1 contains biographic information and Part 2 contains the necessary forms to obtain your medical clearance (see step #7 below).

Click below to download the Biographic Application:

Corrections Biographic Application - Part 1

Corrections Biographic Application - Part 2 Medical Clearance Forms

For self-sponsored applicants: Both Part 1 and Part 2 Corrections Applications may be obtained from Student Advisor Melissa Walker at the Public Safety Institute and should be sent back to:

Eastern Florida State College, Public Safety Institute
3865 North Wickham Rd.
Building 8, Room 201B, ATTN: Melissa Walker

Melbourne FL 32935 

STEP #5: Become an EFSC Student by Applying to EFSC through the Admissions Office

All students must complete the EFSC admissions process which includes an EFSC Application (required for new or Readmit students), application fee ($30 for new students), Term Assessment Fee ($10), Parking Permit Fee ($40), high school transcripts sent to EFSC, New Student Orientation, and meeting Residency Requirements.

New students must apply using the EFSC online application.

NOTE: You must only apply to EFSC for general admission if you are not currently enrolled with the College. If you’re a returning/readmit student who applied to EFSC one or more years ago and have not completed a course in the past year, you must re-apply and can do so online and will not be charged the general EFSC application fee.

Official transcripts must be provided from all high schools, colleges, or universities previously attended. Have your transcripts sent directly to EFSC MELBOURNE Admissions PRIOR to the start of the Academy. It can take weeks for your former school to submit transcripts to EFSC. You cannot be registered for classes until your transcripts are received. Admissions will only accept official, sealed transcripts directly from your former school.

STEP #6: Have Proof of Medical/Accident Insurance - Accident/Liability Fee

Eastern Florida State College is not liable for any medical injuries sustained during training.All applicants will be assessed the $26.50 Accident/Liability Fee for this program.Should you become employed with a correctional agency providing sponsorship to the academy; your agency will provide you with medical coverage.

STEP #7: Obtain a Medical Clearance from a Licensed Physician

All students MUST pass a physical exam by a licensed physician as outlined on the CJSTC 75B form, which is found in Part 2 of the Corrections Biographic Application. The entire contents of Part 2 of the Corrections Biographic Application should be sent back to the Academy Coordinator, Melissa Walker (see #4 above). You cannot attend the academy without this medical clearance.

Click below to download Part 2 of the Biographic Application:

Corrections Biographic Application - Part 2 Medical Clearance Forms

STEP #8: Fingerprinting Requirement for Self-Sponsored Individuals ONLY

If you are SELF-SPONSORED, which means that you are NOT employed/sponsored by the Brevard County Sheriff's Office while attending the academy, you must be NCIC/FCIC fingerprinted to reveal your criminal history. These reports are only valid for 6 months. (A new report will be needed if your report has expired.) Call Nydia Saunders at Brevard Police Testing and Selection Center for an appointment at 321-433-5638. Brevard Police Testing Center will forward your fingerprint report to the Academy Coordinator for evaluation. You cannot be accepted into the academy without your NCIC/FCIC fingerprint report being evaluated. You will also be required to explain and provide official documentation showing the disposition of any cases found in your fingerprinting report and criminal history, and submit them with your Corrections Academy Biographic Application Part 1.