April 1 we will begin accepting applications for the August 2021 LAW ENFORCEMENT and CORRECTIONS CLASSES. You must attend an Academy Introduction to start the enrollment process, click on How to Sign up for more information.  


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Exemption of Training

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Attendance dates and times, course start, and end dates are subject to change without notice.

Application Instructions:

For law enforcement, correctional or correctional probation officers in another state, a federal agency or the military, or a former Florida officer with more than a four year 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 EOT Evaluation establishing 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 specific high-liability physical skills (such as defensive tactics and firearms) and; (3) pass the Florida State Officer Certification Examination (SOCE). Each step must be completed before progressing to the next. In order for us to evaluate your training and employment you must submit an application providing us with information, execute a waiver authorizing us to make inquiries, and pay a fee. We will then complete the evaluation and submit it to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) for acceptance. If you qualify, you will receive a Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC) Form 76 by certified mail, showing your eligibility to proceed with the Proficiency Demonstration and the SOCE examination. To allow enough time for the evaluation, submit your application 6 weeks in advance of the date you intend to attend a Proficiency Demonstration course or take the SOCE. All information provided by applicants is subject to verification by investigators.

How to Apply:

  1. Complete the Exemption of Training (EOT) Application. To qualify, your employment records must establish that you were employed as a full-time (40 hours per week) sworn law enforcement officer (authorized to bear arms and make arrests), or correctional officer or correctional probation officer, either by working for a single agency for one full year, or for two agencies for a cumulative of one full year within an eighteen-month period. Qualifying employment cannot include time spent in an academy, even if you were receiving pay while attending. There cannot be more than an 8 -year gap from the end of your most recent qualifying employment to the submission of your completed EOT Application. Employments that typically do not establish EOT qualification are seasonal, part-time, reserve (civilian or military), volunteers, military security forces, military vessel-boarding teams, etc. The addresses you provide must be complete and must be for the specific office that is authorized to provide verifications for training or employment. The application must be notarized. We verify all qualifications.
  2. Execute the waiver we need to verify your training and employment, FDLE "Authority for Release of Information" (CJSTC Form 58), available on our web site. This waiver must also be notarized.
  3. (FORMER FLORIDA OFFICERS MAY SKIP THIS STEP) Attach all documentation (course outline or syllabus and certificate of completion) showing that you completed training in all the required areas listed below for your discipline (law enforcement, corrections, or correctional probation). This training may be from your employer, an accredited college, or a certified state, local, or federal training academy.

    Law Enforcement Comparable Training

    • Law Enforcement Constitutional Law and Legal Issues
    • Report Writing
    • Interpersonal Skills
    • Firearms (Proficiency Required)
    • Defensive Tactics (Proficiency Required)
    • First Aid or Equivalent (Proficiency Required)
    • Vehicle Operations (Proficiency Required)
    • Law Enforcement Patrol
    • Criminal Investigations
    • Traffic Crash Investigations
    • Traffic Control and Stops
    • Crisis Intervention

    Correctional Comparable Training

    • Correctional Legal Issues
    • Report Writing
    • Interpersonal Skills
    • Firearms (Proficiency Required)
    • Defensive Tactics (Proficiency Required)
    • First Aid or Equivalent (Proficiency Required)
    • Correctional Operations

    Correctional Probational Comparable Training

    • Correctional Probation Officer Legal Issues
    • Report Writing
    • Firearms Familiarization
    • Defensive Tactics (Proficiency Required)
    • First Aid or Equivalent (Proficiency Required)
    • Probationer Supervision
    • Caseload Management
    • Information Systems Management
  4. An application is not complete and cannot be processed unless you include payment. Please make your money order payable to Withlacoochee Technical College. Credit card payments may be taken over the phone. Cost: Out-of-State Officers: $225.00 Former Florida Certified: $75.00 Military Police: $175.00
  5. Mail or deliver all the above to:
    Withlacoochee Technical College
    Citrus County Public Safety Training Center
    1201 W. Main Street
    Inverness, FL 34450

What Comes Next:

When your evaluation is complete, you will be sent the Exemption of Training CJSTC-76 Form by certified mail if you qualify. You will then have 1 year from the date you receive that form to demonstrate your proficiency in the high liability subjects required for your discipline (law enforcement, corrections, or correctional probation) and pass the State Officer Certification Examination (SOCE). We highly recommend that you also consider taking an examination preparation or review course in conjunction with proficiency demonstration. The Citrus County Public Safety Training Center offers the Comparative Compliance/Review course for Law Enforcement and Corrections. The Correctional Probation Officer Comparative Compliance/Review course is not available at this time.

NOTICE As you are interested in seeking certification, we assume that you also intend to seek employment. Please be aware that the State of Florida has additional requirements you must meet to be employed as an officer:

  • (Florida Correctional Probation Officers only) A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Be at least 19 years of age.
  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Be a high school graduate or its equivalent.
  • Not have been convicted of any felony, or of a 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 been fingerprinted by the employing agency.
  • Have passed a physical examination by a licensed physician.
  • Have good moral character.
  • Successfully complete a background investigation.
  • Complete basic recruit training (or Exemption of Training).
  • Pass the Florida State Officer Certification Examination (SOCE).
  • Comply with continuing training or education requirements.
  • In addition to the above, many agencies have specific standards related to driving history, prior drug use, your conduct while an officer, etc. All these areas will be covered by a thorough background investigation that is NOT a part of this EOT Evaluation. If you have questions about such standards or your ability to meet them, please contact the agency(s) where you intend to seek employment.

FDLE has asked that you provide your social security number (SSN). The decision to provide your SSN is at your option, but failure to provide your SSN may result in a delay in processing your application or request. If you provide your SSN, FDLE will use it for purposes of identification, and may share the information with other agencies for the same purpose. FDLE’s request for your SSN is authorized by state law because it is imperative for the performance of FDLE’s duties and responsibilities pursuant to Section 119.071(5)(a)2.a.II, F.S.


New EOT schedule to be announced