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Application Procedures

The following minimum requirements for entry into the Basic Recruit Training Academies for Law Enforcement and Corrections at Palm Beach State College have been established through the college, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission and the Region XII Training Council. These requirements apply to all individuals who are seeking to sponsor themselves in the academy.

  • Be able to complete the entire academy program with the scheduled time frame.
  • Be at least 19 years of age.
  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Not have been convicted of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement.
  • Not have received a dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States.
  • Be a high school graduate or its "equivalent" as the commission has defined the term by rule. Official transcripts required.

NOTE: High school and ALL college transcripts (if applicable) MUST be received/accepted by Palm Beach State College in order to be admitted into the college. Please contact your high school (and college(s), if applicable) as soon as you start the selection process and have transcripts sent to Criminal Justice, MS #36, Palm Beach State College, 4200 Congress Ave., Lake Worth, FL 33461-4796. Transcript request forms and additional information. To see if Palm Beach State College has received your transcript(s), go to Pantherweb.

Any person who, after July 1, 1981, pleads guilty or nolo contendere to or is found guilty of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement is not eligible for entry into the academy, not withstanding suspension of sentence or withholding of adjudication.

Any person who has pled nolo contendere to a misdemeanor involving a false statement, prior to December 1, 1985, and has had such record sealed or expunged shall not be deemed ineligible for acceptance into the academy.

Application Forms


Selection Point System

After all eligibility requirements* for acceptance into the selection pool have been satisfied, the following point system will be utilized for selection into the full background portion of the selection process.

All documents must be on file in the Criminal Justice Institute's Selection Office prior to the deadline date.

1.     Veteran of the United State Military with honorable discharge: 2 points

        (copy of DD-214 or active duty military ID is required to receive points)

2.     College Education (nationally recognized accredited institution)

        (copy of transcript or diploma is required to receive points)

  • 30 to 59 college credits: 1 point
  • 60 or more college credits or AS or AA degree:  2 points
  • Bachelor's: 3 points
  • Master's degree: 4 points

3.     Completed 3 years in a H.S. Criminal Justice Academy: 1 point

Maximum Points Possible: 7 points

     *(CJBAT, Physical Ability Test (PAT), official high school transcript and application)

Driving History

  • Must possess a valid Florida driver's license. Candidates with valid out of state licenses must obtain a Florida driver's license before they submit the application.
  • Must possess an acceptable driving record, (Law Enforcement only)defined as:
    • Less than three moving traffic violations within the last two years
    • Free from driver's license suspensions for the past three (3) years.
    • Free from any convictions for criminal traffic offenses (DUI, Reckless driving) within the past five (5) years.

Drug Use History

  1. Have not used or possessed marijuana in the one (1) year prior to applying to the academy.
  2. Have not used or possessed any other illegal drugs in the three (3) years prior to applying to the academy.
  3. Have not misused prescription drugs in the three (3) years prior to applying to the academy.
  4. Have not sold, transported, delivered or trafficked in any illegal drugs and/or fraudulently obtained any prescription drugs.


Tattoos include any tattoo, scar, branding, mark or other permanent body art or modification deliberately placed on the body for purposes of decoration, ornamentation or adornment. Any of the following will be cause for denial for entry into the academy:

  1. Tattoo(s) on the fingers, hands, neck (visible when wearing a collared shirt), face or head.
  2. Tattoo(s) commonly associated with gangs, organizations or groups which advocate hate, intolerance or discrimination.
  3. Tattoo(s) which depict, describe or otherwise refer to sexual conduct, acts, organs or preferences.
  4. Tattoo(s) which depict, describe, or refer to intolerance of, or discrimination against any race, religion, gender or national origin.

Processing Steps

  • Complete the Basic Abilities Test (B.A.T.) with a score of 70 or better for Law Enforcement or 70 or better for Corrections.
  • Complete and pass the Physical Abilities Test.
  • Successfully complete a polygraph examination.
  • Successfully complete a psychological examination.
  • Be in good physical shape as determined by a licensed physician.
  • Be drug free as determined by a 7-panel drug test.
  • Pass a thorough background investigation.


Detailed Application Process

  • STEP 1 - Submit a Non-Degree/Non-Credit application for admission to Palm Beach State College. This will begin the application process and enter your name and information into Palm Beach State College's student records system.

  • STEP 2 - Contact the Testing Center on the Lake Worth campus (561.868.3012) for instructions on how to proceed to take the Basic Abilities Test (BAT). The BAT Test is required for all Law Enforcement (LE) and Corrections (COR) Academy applicants. Advise the testing center of which program (LE or Corr) that you are taking the test for. The testing fee is $45.00.  View materials to help you prepare for BAT test.
  • STEP 3 - Request or download a Physicians Clearance to Test Form. The form must be completed by a licensed physician. The costs are to be paid by the applicant. Return the form to the Criminal Justice Administration office (PSC 123) at least 48 hours prior to the PAT test. Register and pay online for a test date  A passing score is valid for 1 year.

  • STEP 4 - When the applicant passes the Basic Abilities Test (BAT), and the Physical Agility Test (PAT law enforcement only), the self sponsored student will receive a Personal History Questionnaire and a medical packet to complete and return to the Criminal Justice Institute. Once both are completed and returned a personal interview will be conducted. If the applicant is accepted into the self-sponsoring process, Phase One, the background investigation will begin.

  • STEP 5 - Psychological examination and fingerprints.

  • STEP 6- After completion of the above steps, the applicant and his/her file will be reviewed for acceptance into the next available requested academy program. THERE IS NO GUARANTEE OF ACCEPTANCE, EVEN IF A STUDENT MEETS ALL SELECTION CRITERIA. The Selection Center will follow the standard criteria set forth by Palm Beach College, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice Standards Training Commission as outlined in 943.13 Florida Statutes, 11B of the Florida Administrative Code, and the Region XII Training Council.

Cost & General Information

The Selection Center is for prospective law enforcement and corrections officers who wish to enter the Basic Law Enforcement or Basic Corrections Academies. The Selection Center is not a hiring agency.

The Full Time Law Enforcement Academy is approximately 24 weeks, Monday through Friday 7:00am to 5:00pm OR Monday through Thursday 12:00pm - 9pm and 4 hours on Friday (times vary according to instructional guidelines). The total tuition and materials fee is approximately $4,000.00 for Florida residents. Students must provide proof of Florida residency. For out-of-state applicants, tuition is substantially higher.

The Part Time Law Enforcement Academy is approximately 33 weeks, Monday through Thursday 5:30pm to 10:00pm and Saturday, 6:00am to 5:00pm (times vary according to instructional guidelines). The total tuition and materials fee is approximately $4,000.00 for Florida residents. Students must provide proof of Florida residency. For out-of-state applicants, tuition is substantially higher.

The Corrections Academy is approximately 12 weeks, Monday through Thursday, 8:00am to 5:00pm (times vary according to instructional guidelines). The total tuition and materials fee is approximately $2,000.00 for Florida Residents. Students must provide proof of Florida residency.

Additional costs will include, but are not limited to, the cost of uniforms at approximately $300.00

*All fees are subject to change without notice.


The Criminal Justice Institute has adopted single norm testing of academy applicants. This physical testing has been validated by FDLE and the Region XII Training Advisory Board.

A single norm standard is defined as follows; all persons taking the Physical Agility Test (PAT) must meet the same standards regardless of gender or age. These standards require the same level of performance regardless of age and gender (same job = same standard).

There are certain factors to remember. First, be honest with yourself. If you have not exercised and prepared for this test in a safe manner, it is unrealistic to think that you would pass the PAT on test day. Criminal Justice Staff and this brochure will assist you in preparing for the exam.

This test measures both cardiovascular fitness, as well as dynamic strength. This refers to the aerobic capacity of an individual as well as their anaerobic capacity. Endurance and dynamic strength are factors for overall fitness.

Getting Ready
First you must acquire a Physicians Clearance to Test Form at the Criminal Justice Institute Palm Beach State College Lake Worth Campus. The form must be completed by a Florida Licensed Physician and returned to the CJI. When the form is returned the student will be allowed to sign up for the Physical Agility Test at the cost of $40.00. This test is valid for a period of six months from the date of administration. The Physicians Clearance to Test Form and receipt of payment must be returned to the Criminal Justice Institute Selection Center.

The Day of the PAT
Arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled test time. This will give you a chance to adjust, complete any necessary paperwork and not feel rushed. Dress in appropriate clothes for the PAT. T-shirts, gym shorts, socks and appropriate footwear for the run are essential. No offensive logos or caricatures should appear on any outerwear. You might want to bring your own water bottle.

Prior to the exam you should hydrate well with water. Sports drinks might help after the test, but water is the most important fluid to drink prior to taking the PAT.

Caffeine should be eliminated the morning of the PAT as often it can elevate your heart and blood pressure rate.

Applicants are encouraged to avoid taking "supplements." Often, these items can have adverse physiological effects unless prescribed by a licensed physician or registered dietician.

The Physical Abilities Test is to be conducted in the following manner:

Task 1: Exit Vehicle/Enter Trunk
Attributes Measured: Eye-hand coordination, reaction time, finger dexterity and flexibility.

Task Description Participant begins course seated in a full size automobile, seat belt on, with hands at the 10 and 2 o’clock positions on the steering wheel. The participants will wear a pull-away flag belt around his/her waist. The trunk key is in the closed glove compartment. A revolver and a flashlight are positioned in the front center part of the trunk. The trunk is closed and locked.


  1. On the command “go” the stop watch is started and the participant will unfasten his/her seat belt, open the glove compartment and remove the key.
  2. With key in hand, exit the vehicle (closing the driver’s door upon exit).
  3. Upon exiting the vehicle, reach to the back of the belt and pull the belt off (letting the belt to fall to the ground).
  4. Move to the trunk, unlock and open the trunk with the key.
  5. Remove the revolver and the flashlight and close the trunk.
  6. Place the revolver and keys on the stool, located at the side of the passenger side of the vehicle.
  7. Keep the flashlight in hand and carry it with him/her throughout the 220 yard run (and obstacle course).
  8. After placing the handgun and keys on the stool, (with flashlight in hand) begin the (first) 220 yard run.

Task 2: 220 Yard Run
Attributes Measured: Anaerobic capacity (muscular endurance).

Task Description: While carrying the flashlight the participant runs 220 yard on a flat surface to the entrance of the obstacle course.


  1. Run 220 yards with flashlight in hand.
  2. After completing the run, proceed to the obstacle course.
  3. Keep flashlight in hand.

Task 3: Obstacle Course
Attributes Measured: Mobility, anaerobic capacity (muscular endurance), flexibility and coordination.

Task Description: Upon completion of the 220 yard run the participant passes through the pylons at the entrance to the obstacle course, consisting of the following tasks.


  1. Climb over a 40 inch wall.
  2. High step or jump over a series of three (12”, 18” and 24”) hurdles.
  3. Serpentine through a forty foot course of nine pylons.
  4. Low crawl eight feet, under three 27” high hurdles.
  5. Leave the flashlight at the end of the low crawl and move to the “dummy drag” task.

Note: If at any time, the participant knocks over a hurdle or pylon, they
immediately stop and repeat that portion of the obstacle course.

Task 4: Dummy Drag
Attributes Measured: Muscular endurance, strength/power, flexibility, agility.

Task Description: The participant sprints from the obstacle course, 50 feet, to the 150 pound dummy and drags it 100 feet on a cut grass surface.


  1. Sprint 50 feet to the dummy.
  2. Drag or move the dummy 100 feet.
  3. Move back to the obstacle course.

Task 5: Obstacle Course (Repeat of Task 3 in Reverse)
Task Description: Upon completion of the dummy drag, sprint back to the obstacle course, pick up the flashlight and complete the obstacle course in reverse (low crawl, serpentine, high step, wall). After the wall climb, repeat the 220 yard run.

Task 6: 220 Yard Run (Repeat of Task 2)

Task 7: Dry Fire Weapon
Attributes Measured: Strength/power, muscular endurance and finger strength.

Task Description: After completing the (second) 220 yard run, place the flashlight on the stool and pick up the revolver; using a one-handed grip fire six round with each hand.


  1. Place flashlight on the bench.
  2. Pick up revolver.
  3. Assume a firing position while keeping arm completely outstretched at shoulder height and parallel with the ground.
  4. Fire six rounds with each hand.

Task 8: Enter Trunk/Enter Vehicle (Repeat of Task 1 in Reverse)
Task Description: After firing the weapon place the weapon and flashlight in the trunk, close the trunk. With key in hand, reenter the vehicle, close the vehicle door, place the key in the ignition, fasten the seat belt and place both hands on the steering wheel. Time stops when participant’s hands rest on the steering wheel.


  1. Pick up flashlight and handgun.
  2. Place both items in the trunk.
  3. Close trunk and remove key.
  4. Reenter the vehicle.
  5. Close the vehicle door and place key in the ignition.
  6. Fasten seat belt.
  7. Place both hand on the steering wheel.


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