Academy Screening Process


Important Admissions Test Note


All applicants are 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 highlighting this notice so that applicants have ample time to develop their physical fitness levels to successfully pass the test. View upcoming PAT Testing Dates

Applicants having questions may call 321-433-5638 or email us at You can also watch the PAT video on this web page to learn more. Click the button to view the test requirements.

PLEASE NOTE: Passing scores for the Physical Abilities Test (PAT) are only valid for six months. Any applicant who does not successfully enter or attend the Law Enforcement Academy within six months after participating in the PAT will be required to re-take the Physical Abilities Test.

The Brevard Police Testing Center performs testing and screening for the Law Enforcement Academy at Eastern Florida State College. Applicants to the Academy must first take a battery of assessments including the state-mandated Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) and a Physical Abilities Test.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This assessment process includes a thorough investigation of each applicant's background to ensure he or she will meet the standards law enforcement agencies require for employment after the Academy and the minimum standards approved by the BPTC Board of Directors. The screening process costs $500, payable by money order only, so because of the investment of time and money, you should request an appointment with a BPTC investigator before paying for screening if you think there is anything in your background that would prevent you from becoming a law enforcement officer. You'll find state standards and a disqualification FAQ on this website.

Upon successfully completing all tests and assessments, 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. Visit the admissions qualifications page for more information on the process, which includes a general application to Eastern Florida State College.

EFSC offers the Academy at select times throughout the year, with the Academy lasting approximately 22 weeks. Part-Time Night Academies are offered when the Criminal Justice Center has enough interested applicants for a class. An evening class takes longer to complete since it meets Monday through Thursday, four hours each evening and all day Saturday, for about eight months. The Academy also offers an Auxiliary Officer certificate.

BPTC provides year-round testing, but Law Enforcement Officer Academy classes are finalized eight weeks prior to start. The selection process requires about four months from initial assessment to full approval. Applicants should plan accordingly to take the Assessment Process and promptly submit all required paperwork for the background information.

More Academy Information

If You Have Ever Been Arrested

PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER OR MAIL IN ANY FEES if you have ever been arrested in your lifetime, whether or not the records have been sealed or expunged.  Please call our office at 321-433-5640 to schedule an appointment for a consultation with an investigator to determine your eligibility to attend EFSC's Police Academy.  Consultations are free, and remember to bring copies of all relevant documents, including but not limited to, certified court disposition, arrest report, complainant & witness statements, etc.

Assessment Process for Academy & Pool

Testing and assessment are scheduled at the Brevard Police Testing Center (BPTC) twice each month on the first two Tuesdays except when holidays conflict.  Assessments are followed by an orientation to our background investigation process. Applicants move through the process as a group as determined by date of registration and desired academy start date.

Staff and supplies are scheduled based on the number of applicants being tested. There is no refund of fees if an applicant fails to appear for a scheduled assessment or orientation. 


Already Florida-Certified?

All applicants seeking admission to the BPTC employment pool must complete the assessment process. Certified applicants are exempt from the Reading Test and CJBAT. 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 (PAA). 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.

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. For information on the assessments call 321-433-5640.

Brevard Police Testing & Selection Center
3865 North Wickham Rd.
Melbourne, FL 32935

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Physical Abilities Test Video

Watch & learn more about the PAT.

police officer students being sworn in






Upcoming Academy Info & Admissions Testing Note


Due to the high demand for training and class size requirements, placement is limited. Beginning the academy selection process as soon as possible increases the chance of getting into the class of your choice. The first step for law enforcement applicants is screening through the Brevard Police Testing and Selection Center. All Law Enforcement Academy applicants are required to pass the Physical Abilities Test (PAT). The test is more challenging, timed and has a required qualifying score so applicants should review the requirements and prepare.
View upcoming PAT Testing Dates

PLEASE NOTE: Passing PAT scores are only valid for six months. Any applicant who does not successfully enter or attend the Law Enforcement Academy within six months after participating in the PAT will be required to re-take the Physical Abilities Test.

Full-time Day Academy Start Dates:
July 29, 2019
October 28, 2019
Auxiliary Officer (Part-Time): September 16, 2019

Anyone wishing to be considered for a future Academy or who has questions about testing should contact the Brevard Police Testing and Selection Center at 321-433-5638 or 321-433-5640 or via email at