Important Admissions Test Note
All applicants are now required to pass an updated version of the Physical Abilities Test (PAT) in order to be eligible to attend the Law Enforcement Academy at EFSC. The test is more challenging, timed and has a required qualifying score. We are providing notice so that applicants have ample time to develop their physical fitness levels to successfully pass the test. Click here to view the requirements. Applicants having questions may call 321-433-5638 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org You can also learn more about the updated PAT in this Brevard County Sheriff's Office video.
The Law Enforcement Academy at Eastern Florida State College partners with the Brevard Police Testing & Selection Center (BPTC) to select students for Academy classes. The BPTC performs all testing and screening because Academy applicants must first take the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT), a requirement of the State of Florida to enter any law enforcement academy.
Upon successful completion of the CJBAT, the applicant will complete a biographical information package and interview with BPTC staff. The applicant is then fingerprinted and the prints are sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for a criminal records check. The biographical information and interview will be used to conduct a background investigation that will determine if the applicant is qualified under Florida law and administrative code to enter the Academy. The screening process costs $450 so because of the investment of time and money, you should request an appointment with a BPTC investigator before you pay for screening if you think there is anything in your background that would prevent you from becoming a law enforcement officer.
Once the BPTC prepares a class roster of qualified applicants, the Public Safety Institute's program coordinators will follow up with prospective students and provide complete information on the next steps to enter the Academy. EFSC offers the Law Enforcement Academy full-time during daytime hours, Monday through Thursday, each Fall and Spring, with the Academy lasting approximately 22 weeks. Evening, part-time Academy classes are created as the need warrants and last about eight months.
BPTC offers year-round testing, but classes are finalized eight weeks prior to start. The selection process requires about four months from CJBAT to approval. Applicants should plan accordingly to take the CJBAT and promptly submit all required paperwork for the background information.
Click below for information on the Postsecondary Adult Vocational Certificates Academy students may earn.
PSAV Certificate Courses
Law Enforcement Officer, Florida CMS
This certificate program provides minimum standards education for law enforcement officers as required by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, Florida Department of Law Enforcement. This program prepares the student to sit for the State examination administered by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Individuals must be at least 19 years of age to sit for the State exam. Applicants must successfully complete the basic abilities test (BAT) for Law Enforcement and the Brevard Police Testing process for entry into this program.
Cross-over Correctional to Law Enforcement, Florida CMS
This program provides minimum standards training for Certified Corrections Officers who wish to become certified or hold dual certified certification as a Law Enforcement Officer. (Must pass basic abilities test for entrance into this program.)
CMS Law Enforcement Auxiliary Officer
This certificate program provides the student with minimum standards training to become a Law Enforcement Auxiliary Officer. Auxiliary officers work with police or sheriff agencies and provide assistance to certified officers and law enforcement agency staff. Applicants must successfully complete the basic abilities test (CJBAT) for Law Enforcement.
For testing information contact Brevard Police Testing Center at 321-433-5638. For applications and program inquiries, contact the program coordinator 321-433-5075. Training is conducted at the Melbourne Campus, Public Safety Institute, Building 8.
Info & Deadlines
Interested in applying to the Law Enforcement Academy? The Brevard Police Testing & Selection Center (BPTC), housed at the EFSC Public Safety Institute, is your first contact to arrange the required screening and testing for placement in an Academy class.
Contact the Brevard Police Testing & Selection Center:
321-433-5638 or 321-433-5640
EFSC Law Enforcement Academy Coordinator: