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Program Overview

Correctional Basic Recruit Program, Occupational Certificate (O.C.)

This 420-hour program is designed to prepare students who will have the responsibility of overseeing individuals who are awaiting trial, or who have been convicted of a crime and sentenced to serve time in jail, correctional institution, or prison. Significant time is spent preparing students to take the State of Florida FDLE Certification Examination. This is a 13-week full-time program.

Locations

Florida Gateway College’s Public Safety Training Center (Olustee campus) & Florida Gateway College’s Gilchrist Center

Testing Entrance Requirements

Florida Basic Abilities Test

Physical Entrance Test

Hours

Full-time Academy Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 am-5:30 pm

Costs

Basic Corrections Program:

  • Tuition: $1,188.32 Lab Fees: $943.68
  • Florida Basic Abilities Test: $39.00 Background Fee: $50.00
  • Drug Screen: $31.00
  • Test Code Fee: $73.50 Uniforms:
  • $161.00
  • Total Cost: $2,486.50

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Completion Rate

80%

Job Placement Rate

95%

State Licensure Rate

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Careers at a Glance

Starting Salaries

Varies and ranges from $27,605 to $42,500.

Employment Opportunities

Students who complete this program PRIOR to successfully passing the State Officer Certification Examination are eligible for certification as a corrections officer anywhere in the state of Florida.

Employers of FGC Graduates

  • Columbia County Sheriff’s Office
  • Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office
  • Dixie County Sheriff’s Office
  • Baker County Sheriff’s Office
  • Union County Sheriff’s Office
  • Bradford County Sheriff’s Office
  • Suwanee County Sheriff’s Office
  • Taylor County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lake City Correctional Facility
  • Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Florida Department of Corrections

Program Details

Admission Requirements

Admission Steps:

  1. Apply for Financial Aid (if applicable)
  2. Request an application from the training center.
  3. File for admission to Florida Gateway College.
  4. Complete and submit the application packet.
  5. Take and pass the Basic Abilities Test.
  6. 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, not-withstanding 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*.
  • Must be 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 be admitted through the Florida Gateway College Admissions Office.
  • 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 Basic Corrections the recruit must complete it in 20 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
  • The full-Time program can be completed in approximately 3 months.
  • There is limited access to this program.
  • The program starts in January, April, July, and October.
  • Florida Gateway College maintains a Public Safety Training Center in Olustee dedicated to this program and other public safety programs.
  • The vast majority of instructors are full-time employees in their chosen profession. This ensures that the material is being presented in a relevant and realistic manner
  • The law enforcement and corrections programs have received a Type A certification from the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission. This is the highest type of certification available for criminal justice training schools in the state of Florida.
Program Guide & Syllabi
  • CJK 0335 – Responding to Incidents and Emergencies
    • This course is 16 clock hours and earns .53 occupational credits.
  • CJK 0352 – Supervising in a Correctional Facility
    • This course is 40 clock hours and earns 1.33 occupational credits.
  • CJK 305 – Communications
    • This course is 40 clock hours and earns 1.33 occupational credits.
  • CJK 0031C – First Aid for Criminal Justice Officers
    • This course is 40 clock hours and earns 1.33 occupational credits.
  • CJK 0040C – Criminal Justice Firearms
    • This course is 80 clock hours and earns 2.67 occupational credits.
  • CJK 0051C – Defensive Tactics
    • This course is 80 clock hours and earns 2.67 occupational credits.
  • CJK 0300 – Introduction to Corrections
    • This course is 8 clock hours and earns 0.27 occupational credits.
  • CJK 0310 – Officer Safety
    • This course is 16 clock hours and earns 0.53 occupational credits.
  • CJK 0340 – Officer Wellness and Physical Abilities
    • This course is 30 clock hours and earns 1 occupational credit.
  • CJK 0320 – Intake and Release
    • This course is 18 clock hours and earns 0.6 occupational credits.
  • CJK 0330 – Supervising Special Populations
    • This course is 20 clock hours and earns 0.67 occupational credits.
  • CJK 0315 – Faculty and Equipment
    • This course is 8 clock hours and earns 0.27 occupational credits.
Learning Outcomes
  • How to exhibit a basic knowledge of the Florida criminal and civil laws, as well as the federal guidelines concerning care, custody, and control of pretrial detainees and sentenced inmates.
  • Apply a basic knowledge of the communication skills necessary for correctional officers.
  • Demonstrate basic firearm skills for correctional officers.
  • Perform defensive tactic skills necessary for correctional officers.
  • Perform basic First Aid/First Responder skills necessary for correctional officers.
Book List & Materials
  • FL BRTP Corrections Academy, Vol 1
  • FL BRTP, High Liability Curriculum, Vol 2