OUR PUBLIC SAFETY ACADEMIES PREPARE YOU FOR SUCCESS

Prepare for a rewarding career in law enforcement, firefighting, or corrections through the public safety training academies of SPC. Learn more and apply today.

How to Apply to Corrections Academy

Prepare to become a correctional officer in SPC's Corrections Academy, an FDLE-approved training center. These courses count toward sub-plans of our A.S. degree in Criminal Justice Technology, which transfers to our bachelor's degree in Public Safety Administration.

How to apply to the Corrections Academy

  1. Meet the state-mandated entry requirements
  2. Successfully pass the PERT Test in Reading (106-150) and Writing (103-150)
  3. Complete a Background Check
    Complete the Police Applicant Screening Service (PASS) background check for $250.
  4. Send us your PASS Verification Letter
    After completing the PASS process you will receive a PASS completion letter. Fax or email a copy of the letter to the attention of Diana Ospina.
  5. Receive your Registration Packet and Prepare for Physical Assessment
    You will receive a registration packet by email about one to two months prior to the start date of the academy. The packet includes further information about uniforms, which cost approximately $275. At this time, you should also prepare for the physical assessment
  6. Schedule your appointment with academy coordinators
    Dave Smolenski, 727-341-4546
    Paul Roach, 727-341-4611
  7. Pass the physical assessment

Contact
Diana Ospina
Phone: 727-341-4516
Fax:  727-444-6022
Email: ospina.diana@spcollege.edu

How to Apply to Equivalency of Training Academy

If you are an out-of-state, federal, military, or previously certified Florida officer, you can train to become a certified law enforcement or corrections officer in the state of Florida in our Equivalency of Training Academy.

Steps to Become an officer

Review how to become a certified officer through:

How to apply to EOT Academy

1. Contact Police Applicant Screening Service(PASS). This agency determines if you qualify for an exemption from a full training academy and provides the FDLE with the Equivalency of Training CJSTC Form 76.

2. Contact EOT Academy Coordinator Lauren Bley 727-341-4492 for advising.

3. The EOT Academy office will send you a registration packet including a schedule and locations. You will need to complete and return the following:

  • Registration form
  • Signed residency affidavit
  • Copy of current driver's license
  • Check made payable to SPC or credit card authorization (Visa or MasterCard)

4. When your application is accepted, a confirmation packet will be sent to you. The packet will include:

  • Lodging information
  • Required class materials
  • FDLE State Officer Certification Exam schedule

SOCE (State Officer Certification Examination)

Successfully completing the EOT courses qualifies you to sit for the Florida State Officer Certification Examination (SOCE), required to become an officer. You are given three opportunities to pass. If you do not pass after three attempts, you must complete the applicable Basic Recruit Training Program and reapply to take the State Officer Certification Examination.

The SOCE is derived from the Law Enforcement or Corrections Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Basic Recruit Curriculum. The comprehensive multiple choice test consists of 200 questions for both Law Enforcement and Corrections. The exam is given once a month at several locations throughout the state. SPC's EOT program does not cover all areas of the curriculum tested on the SOCE. Therefore, you will need to study the curriculum on your own to prepare for the SOCE.

How to Apply to Law Enforcement Academy

Train to become a certified police officer in our Law Enforcement Academy, an FDLE-approved training center. These courses count toward sub-plans of our A.S. degree in Criminal Justice Technology, which transfers to our bachelor's degree in Public Safety Administration.

How to apply to the Law Enforcement Academy

  1. Meet the Entry Requirements
    You must have completed at least 30 college credits or a full tour of active military service, with an honorable discharge.
  2. Complete a Background Check
    Complete the Police Applicant Screening Service (PASS) background check for $250.
  3. Send us your PASS Verification Letter
    After completing the PASS process you will receive a PASS completion letter. Fax or email a copy of the letter to Diana Ospina.
  4. Receive your Registration Packet and Prepare for Physical Assessment
    You will receive a registration packet by email about one to two months prior to the start date of the academy. The packet includes further information about uniforms, which cost approximately $275. At this time, you should also prepare for the physical assessment.
  5. Schedule your appointment with the academy coordinators.
    Dave Smolenski, 727-341-4546
    Paul Roach, 727-341-4611
  6. Pass the physical assessment.

SPC Allstate Center
SEPSI Academies
3200 34th Street South, Room 114
St. Petersburg FL 33711

Contact
Diana Ospina
Phone: 727-341-4516
Fax:  727-444-6022
Email: ospina.diana@spcollege.edu

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How to Apply to Firefighting Academy

Get ready for a rewarding firefighting career at our cutting-edge Firefighting Academy.

Before attending SPC's Fire Academy, you will need to complete Medical First Responder, Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic training.

How to apply to the Firefighting Academy

  1. Take the Physical Abilities Test (PAT)
    You need to register in advance for this test. Contact the program office at 727-302-6873 for test dates and registration information. You must pass the PAT to proceed to step 3.
    Need some help preparing for the PAT? Register for the Physical Abilities Prep Class.
  2. Contact an Advisor
    Contact Gabrielle Bain or James Angle at 727-302-6873 for advising.
  3. Apply to SPC
    Complete SPC's online admission application.
    Request your high school and college transcripts.
    Students who are enrolled in the fire academy program must complete an entry-level basic skills examination within the first six (6) weeks after admission into the program. Successful completion of level 10 in one of the two examinations below is required.
    • Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE), Complete Battery or Survey Form, Forms 9 and 10, 2003;
    • Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (P.E.R.T.);

      **Candidates accepted into the program must complete this requirement by the sixth week of the fire standards program or they will be withdrawn from the program regardless of their program grade point average. Due to the intense coursework during the fire academy, it is highly recommended that students accomplish the basic level skills requirement before the start of the program.**

      Exceptions to the above basic skills requirements:
      • The Student entered a Florida public or charter high school in the 2003-2004 school year, and any year thereafter, and graduated beginning 2007, and any year thereafter, with a Florida standard high school diploma;
      • The Student is serving as an active duty member of any branch of the U.S. Armed Services;
      • The Student has an associate degree or higher;
      • The Student has official "valid" placement test scores that meet the state-designated minimums for college-level English and math courses;
      • The Student has successfully completed college preparatory or developmental education course requirements in English, reading and math;
      • The Student provides proof of successful completion of college-level English and math courses from a regionally accredited college or university;
      • The student has passed a state, national, or industry certification or licensure examination;
      • The student is enrolled in an apprenticeship program that is registered with the Florida Department of Education.
  4. Apply for State Certification
    Complete the application packet for Firefighter Certification, available after you pass the PAT.
    Bring your completed application packet to the Fire Training Center on the dates announced at the PAT.
  5. Verify your EMT Certification
    You must provide either:
    Proof that you are a current Emergency Medical Responder, Florida EMT or Paramedic OR
    Proof that you are currently enrolled in an EMT Program and ensure you will complete the EMT lecture, lab, and clinical components of the program prior to your first day of the Firefighting Academy.
    CAUTION: If you are attending an EMT Program at another institution, you must verify that your schedule will allow you to complete at least 75% of the EMT Program and that there are no scheduling conflicts with your classes at the Firefighting Academy.
  6. Register
    If you are accepted into the program, you will complete a registration form at the Fire Training Center. You then register and pay tuition at the EpiCenter.