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Palm Beach State College

College Catalog 2019-2020

Palm Beach State College

Criminal Justice Academy-Corrections Officer PSAV

Corrections Officer Program  (5601) LIMITED ACCESS

Type of Award
PSAV - Post Secondary Adult Vocational Certificate

Program Website

Program Description
The Criminal Justice Academy 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 Corrections Basic Recruit Training program prepares students as entry level correctional 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
All candidates entering the program must have proof of a standard high school diploma or U.S. GED and are required to complete the Selection Center Testing through Palm Beach State or enter under the auspices of a Palm Beach County law enforcement or correctional agency.

Additionally, they must complete a College application, achieve passing scores on the Basic Ability Test (BAT), a medical examination, a complete drug screen, and a criminal background investigation that includes a military, credit, employment and education check. All candidates will be required to successfully pass a psychological exam and a polygraph exam.

Successful candidates will be accepted into the academy program. For information on testing or academy beginning dates, visit or call (561) 868-3398.

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.

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: 420
Approximate program length: 3 months if taken full time

The program is offered at the Lake Worth campus.

For More Information
Christine Todaro,, (561) 868-3908

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

Gainful Employment
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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. 

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