Florida Law Enforcement Academy

Program Details

Program Description

Industry Certification: Successful completion of the program prepares graduates to take the State Certification Examination for Law Enforcement, the test required to become a certified law enforcement officer in the state of Florida.
Train to be:  Police Officer, Sheriff’s Deputy

This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the Law, Public Safety and Security career cluster; provides technical skill proficiency, and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of the Law, Public Safety and Security career cluster. The content includes, but is not limited to, knowledge of codes of ethics; history and evolution of laws; introduction to the criminal justice system; statutory authority of the FDLE CJSTC; basic law and legal procedures; law enforcement operations; investigation knowledge and skills; laws, rules, and regulations of arrest; search and seizure; knowledge of use of force; defensive tactics; physical fitness; weapons skills; controlling and restraining techniques; traffic control and direction, DUI enforcement techniques; first aid techniques; communications skills; and human relations skills.
The Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC) have established basic recruit training programs to provide foundational knowledge for aspiring officers in the respective criminal justice disciplines. The Florida Law Enforcement Academy curriculum consist of two textbooks (Florida Law Enforcement Academy Training Program Volume 1 and Florida Basic Recruit Training Program High Liability, Volume 2) and their accompanying Instructor Guides.

Articulation: Career and Technical credit shall be awarded to the student on a transcript in accordance with Section 1001.44(3) (b), F.S.

Start Date:

August, January

Program Length:

Full-Time: 770 hours – approximately 6 months to complete


7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m


MTC East Campus, 5520 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton, FL 34211.  

Pre-requisites for law enforcement applicants: Must be U.S. Citizen, 18 years of age or older, have a high school diploma or GED, pass the Florida Basic Abilities Test (F-BAT), unless statutorily exempt, be of good moral character, no felony convictions or plea of guilty or no contest, and no misdemeanors involving false statements or spouse battery. Applicants must be in good physical condition, pass a drug screen, and successfully complete a polygraph, criminal history background check and pass the physical assessment test (all 5 absolute standards).

Program #P430105 CIP #0743010700

*Estimated Tuition, Lab, and Fees (includes administrative fee)


Additional Fees Due Prior to Pre-Admittance

Application Fee


Background Check/Fingerprints (All for Life)




Driver’s License History


Drug Screening (All for Life)


Physical with EKG


FBAT Testing Fee


Exiting Requirements

State Officer Certification Exam


Additional Required Items (Outside Vendor)

Uniform Estimate (shirts, pants, shoes)


*Estimated Total Cost of Program


*Prices are subject to change

Financial aid available depending on the student’s eligibility. All pre-admission fees are non-refundable and not covered by Financial Aid. Prices are subject to change.
Annual fees (charged each academic year from July 1—June 30).
Textbook estimate. Current book list and prices: http://manateetech.edu/current-students/bookstore/

Tuition is $2.92 per hour for Florida residents. Tuition is $11.71 per hour for Non-Florida residents

Visit MTC Financial Aid page for more information.

Florida Department of Education: Frameworks

Possible Careers and Outlook:
33-3051.00       Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers

Program Video

Testimonial Video


(6 Months)


East Campus, Lakewood Ranch





Have Questions? Ready to Start Your Career?

Lesley Chevalier

Career Counselor

5520 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Bradenton, FL 34211
Call   941.752.8100 x 47015
Email: mtclawacademy@manateeschools.net
to schedule an appointment


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