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Exemption from Training (EFT) (Formerly Known as EOT) for: Out-of-State Officers, Federal Officers, and Inactive Florida Officers

Exemption from Training (EFT) (Formerly Known as EOT) for: Out-of-State Officers, Federal Officers, and Inactive Florida Officers

WHAT IS AN Exemption from Training (EFT)?

An EFT allows an officer to be exempt from having to complete the full basic recruit academy.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR AN EFT?

You may be eligible to apply for an EFT from the full basic training requirements if you were: an Out-of-State Officer, Federal Officer (to include Military Law Enforcement), or an inactive Florida Officer 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 which is comparable to Florida's full basic recruit curriculum and/or;
  • You were previously certified in Florida.

There can be no more than an 8 year break in employment as an officer. The 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 to a Criminal Justice Selection Center or criminal justice employing agency.

For questions or assistance in completing the EFT process, contact the Criminal Justice Selection Center at:

WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE FOR Applying for and COMPLETING AN EFT?

Information of the EFT process for an inactive (FORMER) Florida Officer:

In order for a law enforcement, correctional or correctional probation officers in Florida, or a former Florida Officer with more than four years break in service, to obtain certification as an officer in Florida without first attending a full basic recruit academy in Florida, they must (1) Successfully Complete an EFT Assessment showing sufficient basic training and sworn employment not ending more than 8 years ago, and; (2) Demonstrate proficiency in certain high-liability physical skills (defensive tactics, firearms, medical first responder, and for law enforcement officers only - driving) at a Florida Criminal Justice Training Academy; and (3) Pass the Florida State Officer Certification Examination (SOCE).

If you are an inactive Florida Officer and want to initiate an EFT, review/complete the hyperlinked documents listed below. These documents will guide you through the EFT process.

If you are granted an exemption from basic recruit training through the Police Applicant Screening Service, you will need to complete the required proficiency course and achieve a passing score on the SOCE within one year of receiving your exemption.

The SOCE is offered by the Gulf Coast State College for a fee of $150.00 and is scheduled by appointment only. Contact Rebecca Acton at 850-747-3242 or email: racton@gulfcoast.edu for more information on the SOCE.

Information on the EFT process for Out-of-State Officer or Federal Officer (to include Military Law Enforcement):

In order for a law enforcement, correctional or correctional probation officer in another state, or a Federal Officer (to include Military Law Enforcement) to obtain certification as an Officer in Florida without first attending a full basic recruit academy in Florida, they must: (1) Successfully Complete an EFT Assessment showing that they attended sufficient basic training and were employed full time as an officer for at least 1 year in a job that ended no more than 8 years ago, and; (2) Demonstrate proficiency in certain high-liability physical skills (defensive tactics, firearms, medical first responder, and for law enforcement officers only - driving) at a Florida Criminal Justice Training Academy; and (3) Pass the Florida State Officer Certification Examination (SOCE).

If you are an Out-of-State Officer or Federal Officer (to include Military Law Enforcement) and want to initiate an EFT, review/complete the hyperlinked documents listed below. These documents will guide you through the EFT process.

If you are granted an exemption from basic recruit training through the Police Applicant Screening Service, you will need to complete the required proficiency course and achieve a passing score on the SOCE within one year of receiving your exemption.

The SOCE is offered by Gulf Coast State College for a fee of $150.00 and is scheduled by appointment only. Contact Rebecca Acton at 850-747-3242 or email: racton@gulfcoast.edu for more information on the SOCE.

Gulf Coast State College Offers proficiency Courses:

WHEN ARE THE PROFICIENCY COURSES OFFERED?

The Division of Public Safety offers forty (40) week day and weekend courses. The weekday courses consist of four ten hour days. The weekend courses are offered over two weekends. The times vary for each course. See our course schedule for a complete listing.

The Proficiency courses are offered at the following dates for 2016: Oct. 17-20, 2016; Dec. 5-8, 2016. For more information, contact Nick Rivera at: 850-769-1551 Ext: 5605 or 850-819-0859. Note: After completion of proficiency course it will be 3-5 business days before you will be eligible to take the SOCE. The following are scheduled test dates for the SOCE: Oct 27, 2016 - Dec 15, 2016. The registration and payment deadline for each test shall be at least eight days prior to the testing date.

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR A proficiency course?

To register for the proficiency course, complete the online registration form. In-person registration can be done through Corporate College, located on the 2nd floor in the McSpadden Student Union East building.

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