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Program Overview

CMS Law Enforcement – Basic Recruit, Occupational Certificate (O.C.)

This 770-hour basic recruit program is designed to provide students with state-required training, which prepares and allows the student to take the State of Florida FDLE Certification Examination. Students will develop an understanding of community policing, the patrol function, police administration and organization, criminal and constitutional law, juvenile procedures, police ethics, and criminal investigations. The full-time course takes approximately 5 months to complete, and the part-time night class takes approximately 9 months to complete.

Review the guided degree pathway where you will find a detailed plan for your courses and other requirements each semester that prepare you for graduation and your transfer goals.


Public Safety Training Center (Olustee Campus) FGC’s Gilchrist Center

Testing Entrance Requirements

Florida Basic Abilities Test
Physical Entrance Test


Full Time Academy Hours:
Monday-Thursday 7 AM – 5:30 PM
*Some weekend and night training may be required

Part Time Academy Hours:
Monday-Friday 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM
*Some weekend and night training may be required.


Total cost including lab fees. (Includes uniforms, testing, background costs, if applicable.)

  • Tuition: $2,179.13
  • Lab Fees: $1,199.32
  • Florida Basic Abilities Test: $39.00
  • Background Fee: $50.00
  • Drug Screen: $31.00
  • Test Code Fee: $73.50
  • Uniforms: $175.00
  • Total Cost: $3,746.95


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Careers at a Glance

Starting Salaries

Varies and ranges from $32,500 to $48,500.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of this program have career opportunities at City, County, and State Law Enforcement Agencies in the State of Florida.

Employers of FGC Graduates

  • Columbia County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lake City Police Department
  • Baker County Sheriff’s Office
  • Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office
  • Taylor County Sheriff’s Office
  • Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office
  • Live Oak Police Department
  • Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office
  • Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement
  • Dixie County Sheriff’s Office
  • Bradford County Sheriff’s Office
  • Starke Police Department
  • Union County Sheriff’s Office

Program Details

Admission Requirements

Admission Steps:

  1. Apply for admission to Florida Gateway College.
  2. Apply for Financial Aid (if applicable).
  3. Complete and submit the application packet to the training center.
  4. Take and pass the Basic Abilities Test.
  5. Attend and successfully complete the Physical Entrance Test.

Admission Requirements:

  • Be at least 19 years of age upon graduation from the program.
  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Have earned a high school diploma or equivalent (GED).
  • Not have been convicted of any felony or misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement.
  • Any person who, after July 1, 1981, pleads guilty or nolo contendere to, or is found guilty of a felony, or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement, shall not be eligible for employment or appointment as an officer, notwithstanding suspension of sentence or withholding of adjudication.
  • Never have received a dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States.
  • Have good moral character.
  • Have passed a Commission-approved Basic Abilities Test.
  • Have been fingerprinted with prints processed by the FDLE and the FBI. The Cost is $50.00 (Must be completed at the Public Service Training Center).
  • Must interview with the Director or Coordinator of the Public Service Training Center.
  • Pass the entrance physical fitness test. The test consists of a 1.5-mile run/walk. For the Basic Law Enforcement course, the recruit must complete it in 19 minutes or less.
  • Must complete a Drug test processed by Quest Diagnostics. The cost is $31.00 (Appointment must be scheduled at the Public Service Training Center).
Program Notes
  • There is limited access to this program.
  • Full-time programs start in January and July. Part-time programs start in September and October.
  • Florida Gateway College maintains a Public Safety Training Center in Olustee dedicated to this program and other public safety programs.
  • Must be admitted through the Florida Gateway College Admissions Office.
  • This program allows students to learn from faculty members who are committed to student success.

Basic Abilities Test Exemptions for Veteran’s and College Graduates applying for the Law Enforcement Program:

As of July 1, 2022, “…a person is not required to take the basic skills examination and assessment instrument before entering a law enforcement officer basic recruit training program if he or she is a veteran as defined in s.1.01 (14) or holds an associate degree or higher from an accredited college or university.”

Requirements for Veteran Status Exemption

•A DD214 form or other military documentation indicating an honorable discharge from the armed services.

•Please note that the discharge must be honorable; no other classification will satisfy the requirement

•A single honorable discharge from a branch of the military will satisfy this requirement, even if the candidate has a discharge from another branch of service that is not honorable.

Requirements for Education Exemption

•Copy of degree

•Transcripts indicating the degree was conferred.

•Please note that the candidate must have received the degree, and not just completed the number of hours required for the degree.

Program Guide & Syllabi

FL BRTP Law Enforcement Academy, Vol 1 FL BRTP, High Liability Curriculum, Vol 2

Learning Outcomes
  • How to exhibit basic knowledge of the Florida criminal and civil laws, as well as the federal guidelines concerning a criminal procedure.
  • Apply basic knowledge of the communication skills necessary for law enforcement officers.
  • Demonstrate basic firearm skills for law enforcement officers.
  • Perform defensive tactic skills necessary for law enforcement officers.
  • Apply basic driving skills necessary for law enforcement officers.
  • Perform basic First Aid/First Responder skills necessary for law enforcement officers.