Become a police or corrections officer in Florida

Our Equivalency of Training Academy is for out-of-state officers, federal officers, military personnel and previously certified Florida officers with a break of service of more than four years. (See Florida Statutes 943.131(2) and Florida Administrative Code 11B-35.009(4)(5).) This EOT Academy exempts you from having to complete the full basic recruit academy and qualifies you to sit for the Florida State Officer Certification Examination (SOCE).

If you are granted an exemption from basic recruit training through the Police Applicant Screening Service, you will need to complete the required proficiency and achieve a passing score on the SOCE within one year of receiving your exemption. If you don't meet the requirements, you will need to complete an approved basic recruit training program, which can last 16 to 22 weeks. You may be eligible for an exemption from the full basic training requirements if you were an officer in another state or with the federal government and meet the following requirements:

  • You worked at least one year, full time as a sworn officer in the discipline you are seeking exemption
  • You received training in that discipline comparable to Florida's full basic recruit curriculum and/or
  • You were previously certified as an officer in Florida

Your break of service break can be no more than eight years to qualify. A break in employment is measured from the separation date of the most recent qualifying employment to the time a complete application requesting an exemption from training is submitted.


Find out how to apply to this academy.

Law Enforcement EOT Academy cost

76 hours

Corrections EOT Academy cost

60 hours

What's covered in the academy

The two-week Equivalency of Training Academy consists of 92 hours in law enforcement training; 68 hours in corrections training. The academy is not intended for basic instruction, but for the experienced criminal justice veteran to prove proficiency in the following high liability skills:

  • First Responder (21 hours)
  • Firearms (12 hours)
  • Defensive Tactics (16 hours)
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations (24 hours - for law enforcement only)

Other topics include legal (9 hours), and state exam review (8 hours). Total hours of instruction can vary.

Upcoming Academies

EOT 116: April 16-26, 2018
EOT 117: June 18-28, 2018
EOT 118: Aug. 20-30, 2018
EOT 119: Oct. 22 - Nov. 1, 2018