Exemption of Training (EOT) Verification Process
As an out-of-state law enforcement or corrections officer, correctional probation officer, or federal law enforcement officer seeking employment in the State of Florida, or if you were formerly certified in Florida as a law enforcement officer you may request an exemption from some basic level training courses. In order to qualify your break in service can be no more than eight (8) years.
The Police Applicant Screening Service (PASS) offers an Exemption of Training (EOT) verification service. You must submit documentation of your law enforcement/corrections employment and training for an equivalency of training review. Documentation must reflect one (1) year, full-time prior law enforcement/corrections officer experience and successful completion in all of the minimum primary training areas.
Once your Form 76 has been approved you will have one year, and no longer, to take a proficiency course, such as offerred by St. Petersburg College (http://www.spcollege.edu/correctionsacademy), AND pass the State Officer Certification Examination (SOCE), which is also offered at the St. Petersburg College.
If you do not complete the training and pass the SOCE within the 1-year period, you may apply for another exemption from training, but you must be eligible pursuant to Chapter 943.131(2) at the time of application. PASS will work with you on timing the approval of the Form 76 to coordinate with the course you will take. This will give you the most time to prepare for the SOCE and any necessary re-takes.
You may find it very helpful to read the EOT Frequently Asked Questions.
In order to initiate an exemption evaluation you must submit an application fee of $300 for out-of-state officers, and $100 for inactive Florida-certified applicants. Money order only. Personal checks and cash will not be accepted. See How to Apply for more information.
NOTE: All fees paid in connection with Exemption of Training (EOT) are NON-REFUNDABLE.
Qualifying for Exemption
Qualifying for exemption on the basis of being certified in another state, federal service or military law enforcement is not guaranteed. Selection centers are held to strict standards by the applicable statutes and administrative codes, and the Department of Law Enforcement in reviewing training records. An applicant’s training must be substantially the same as that received by a Florida officer.
Our experience at PASS shows that the most common shortfalls are in the high-liability areas of First Aid and Vehicle Operations; courses for which Florida officers receive at least a full week of training in each. Some specialized agencies train only in investigations and do not train in patrol or traffic; conversely, some omit investigations altogether if that is not part of the agency mission. We will work closely with an applicant to help him/her achieve the required minimum training. This is usually best accomplished in the applicant’s current locale. Call if you have questions prior to applying.
NOTE: Although not an intented consequence, the verification process is very detailed and can create some anixety for requesting candidates. We ask candidates to work closely with our staff to resolve potential barriers to verification completion. Our staff will make every effort to complete the verification process in an expedious manner.
Please understand that FDLE mandates Criminal Justice Selection Centers, such as the Police Applicant Screening Service (PASS), and criminal justice employing agencies to perform due dillegence verifiying official law enforcment training and full time empolyment records. Therefore, all aspects of training and employment documentation used for exemption will be throughly examined to ensure EOT compliance.
Documentation Submission & Demonstration of Proficiency
If your documentation is found to be sufficient, the PASS will submit an exemption of Training review form (CJSTC 76) to Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) for their approval. If the FDLE approves your request then you will be eligible to advance in the EOT process. The next step is to complete a course that demonstrates your proficiency in four high-liability areas of expertise, followed by the Florida State Officer Certification Exam (SOCE).
Eligibility for Employment upon Completion
Completion of the EOT process makes you eligible for employment at a law enforcement agency in Pinellas County or within the State of Florida.
State Exam & Exemption Process
Remember, in the Exemption process you are actually challenging the State Exam. The examination is the same one given to cadets who have just graduated from a full Curriculum Maintenance System (CMS) police academy using scenario-based training techniques over approximately seventeen weeks of full- time instruction. While your former training and experience will be helpful in most topics, some of the nomenclature and concepts may be presented in ways that are new to you. This can affect your performance on the written SOCE.
A substantial number of Exemption applicants fail the SOCE on the first try. This is an expensive and time-consuming gamble if you choose not to prepare. We recommend that you develop an aggressive and dedicated study schedule using the recommended curriculum.
Worksheet for Completion of Requirements
- Did you submit a certified check or money order for $300 ($100 for inactive Florida-certified officers)? Personal checks will not be accepted.
- Did you complete the Exemption of Training Application and the FDLE “Authority For Release of Information” (CJSTC Form 58)? Go to the Forms page from the section on the left side of the screen. Both forms must be notarized and mailed or brought to our offices.
- Does your application include the exact dates of employment as a full-time law enforcement or corrections officer and position title?
- Does your application have complete addresses and phone numbers for your agency and training center(please do not leave the “point of contact” blank, emails and fax numbers expedite the processing)?
- Does your training documentation verify training in the 11 minimum primary areas? Please do not provide original documents of certificates.
- Did you retain copies of the information that you submitted for an exemption of training review?