COVID-19 Update: As of Aug. 3, select EFSC services are available on campus, with prior appointments required in most cases and facial coverings and social distancing requirements in place. See the Updated Student Services Guide for details about on-campus access and continuing virtual services. EFSC will reopen its four campuses in August for the Fall Term with many classes online, limited in-person classes and safety measures in place to protect against COVID-19. View Reopening Plan updates & FAQ.

Applying for Admission

Before applying to any of our programs, you must complete the EFSC application process. Please see each program for specific admissions requirements and procedures.

We build public safety careers

Home for the Public Safety Institute at Eastern Florida State College is a new 66,500-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility that includes a mock jail cell, mock courtroom and variety of labs and other facilities where students study the latest techniques in criminal justice. The Institute also serves veteran public safety professionals who want to gain additional training and stay abreast of developments in their fields.

EFSC's Public Safety programs are fully accredited, licensed or certified through: The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), The Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training (BFST), The Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for Emergency Medical Service Professionals (CoAEMSP), and the Florida Department of Health (DOH).


The mission of EFSC's Public Safety Institute is to provide quality training and education to current public safety practitioners and men and women entering the public safety and criminal justice fields, preparing them for today's workforce, to serve and safeguard their communities.

We are home to the Brevard Police Testing & Selection Center (BPTC) — a regional resource that tests and screens people pursuing public safety careers. BPTC is the primary point-of-contact for applicants wishing to attend the Law Enforcement Academy, receive Equivalency of Training evaluation or apply for inclusion in the county-wide employment pool.

Explore our web pages to find specific application information that's customized for each program. Be sure to work with a program coordinator or advisor as you plan your program. Careers in public safety often require an increased level of background checks, testing and screening. Be prepared for that increased scrutiny for our limited access programs because of Florida law and administrative code requirements about who's eligible to enter a public safety/law enforcement training program. 

We're here to help you navigate your exciting career possibilities.

Contact Us

Public Safety Institute
EFSC, Melbourne Campus
3865 N. Wickham Road, Building 8
Melbourne, FL 32935

Upcoming Classes and Deadlines

Auxiliary Law Enforcement/Part-Time
Start Date: September 16, 2019

Correctional Officer
Start Date: January 13, 2020

EMT & Paramedic Programs

Application Deadlines:
EMT Fall 2020: Closed (Deadline revised due to COVID-19)
Paramedic Fall 2020: Closed (Deadline revised due to COVID-19)

Fire Academy

Spring 2020 Application Deadline: Dec. 4
Fall 2020 Application Deadline: June 14

Law Enforcement Academy/Full-Time
Due to the high demand for training and class size requirements, placement is limited. The first step for applicants is screening through the Brevard Police Testing and Selection Center. Beginning the academy selection process as soon as possible increases the chance of getting into the academy class of choice.
Full-time Academy Start Dates:

February 3, 2020
April 27, 2020
July 27, 2020
October 26, 2020

Paralegal Program
April 20, 2020 for Summer Term
July 16, 2020 for Fall Term

View more Law & Public Safety deadlines.