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Palm Beach State College

College Catalog 2019-2020

Palm Beach State College

Correctional Officer Cross-Over Training to FL Law Enforcement Academy

Correctional Officer Cross-Over Training to FL Law Enforcement Academy (5613)

Type of Award
PSAV - Post Secondary Adult Vocational Certificate

Program Website

Program Description
The Criminal Justice Institute (CJI) offers this course meeting all requirements established by Palm Beach State College, the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission and the Region XII Training Council.

The Correctional Cross-over to Law Enforcement prepares currently certified Correctional Officers to become certified Law Enforcement Officers in the State of Florida. Practical skills and simulated activities complement the classroom instruction. Upon successful completion, students are eligible to take the Florida Department of Law Enforcement State Officer Certification Examination (SOCE). This minimum standards class is regulated by Florida Statutes and Florida Administrative Code and is a highly structured and disciplined program with special rules, policies and procedures.

Program Learning Outcomes
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Admission Requirements
Students must:

  • Complete an online Application for Admission, located a
  • Be an active certified officer in the discipline the officer is moving from; or
  • Have successfully completed a Commission-approved Basic Recruit Training program and passed the State Officer Certification Examination within four years, for the discipline the officer is moving from.
  • Provide a letter of good standing from their agency.


Completion Requirements
Modular Examination Failure:
Students are entitled to one re-test should they fail any of the examinations or proficiency tests which must be taken before the completion of the academy. Failure of the re-test will result in the student repeating that module. Failure of any three examinations will result in the student being dismissed from the program.

State Officer Certification Examination:
At the completion of the academy, the applicant must file with the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC) to take the officer certification examination. A student has three attempts to pass this examination and if the examination is not passed after three attempts, the student must take the entire academy program over.

Program Length
Total program hours is 518.

This program is offered at the Lake Worth and Belle Glade campuses.

For More Information

Christine Todaro,, (561) 868-3908

Employment Opportunities
This program provides eligibility for certification as a Florida Law Enforcement Officer which, upon completion, allows the graduate to be employed anywhere in the State of Florida as a Law Enforcement Officer.

Gainful Employment
Program length excludes this program from gainful employment reporting requirements.

Career Path Notes
Students completing this program are strongly encouraged to continue their education by completing the A.A. or A.S. degree in Criminal Justice. Students completing the Cross-over program and passing the SOCE automatically earn credits towards a Criminal Justice degree.

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