In order to be a Correctional Officer in the State of Florida, certain minimum qualifications must be met in accordance with Florida Statutes, and are as follows: Be at least 19 years of age, a citizen of the United States, obtained a high school diploma or equivalent (GED). You cannot have had felony or misdemeanor convictions involving perjury or false statements. If you have ever received a dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States then you are deemed ineligible.
Documentation of processed fingerprints on file with the employing agency is also required. You should be able to pass a physical examination by a licensed physician, physician assistant, or certified advanced registered nurse practitioner. Good moral character is also necessary, which will be determined by a background investigation. A valid & current driver’s license is also required.
You must complete the Basic Abilities Test (BAT). This test assesses written comprehension and expression, information ordering, spatial orientation, memorization, problem sensitivity, and inductive and deductive reasoning in a multiple choice format. Completion of the BAT is required before entering a basic recruit training program. The BAT is available to take at most training schools and your results are valid for four years. You can find more information on the BAT test at the following link.
Completion of the Florida Basic Recruit Training Program is mandatory and should be completed at a Commission-Certified training school. A list of approved school can be found here.
You are required to pass the State Officer Certification Examination (SOCE) within three attempts. The test is administered each month at 3-4 locations around Florida. There is a $100 fee to take the SOCE. Click here for on-line registration.
In becoming employed as a sworn officer, you must be eligible for or have a current employment certificate of compliance for Correctional Officers issued by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission. After completing the Basic Recruit Training Program and passing the State Officer Certification Examination, you have four years from the start date of your BRT to obtain employment as a Correctional Officer in Florida.