Crossover from Correctional to Law Enforcement Officer

This crossover program allows correctional officers to refocus their careers on law enforcement. The curriculum is not designed as a retraining program; rather, it builds on students' experience as a correctional officer by adding law enforcement knowledge and skills.

The Correctional-Officer-to-Law-Enforcement-Officer Program focuses on:

  • Vehicle operation and traffic enforcement
  • Law enforcement patrol
  • Criminal investigations
  • Relationships with the community
  • Legal issues
  • Dealing with emergency situations
  • Defensive tactics and weapons

Why Seminole State?

Seminole State's program can help make the transition from correctional officer to law enforcement officer. Seminole State's Criminal Justice Academy is a state-certified training center. We have been preparing students for careers in law enforcement since 1969. Our success is due to:

  • A thorough selection process
  • Small class sizes that provide the opportunity for individualized training
  • Instructors who teach traditional law enforcement with modern techniques and technology
  • Adherence to Florida state requirements and regulations

Additional Info

To enter the program, students must:

  • Complete the admissions requirements for Seminole State. Apply for career certificate COTLE-VC.
  • Complete the Criminal Justice General Information Sheet.
  • Provide a passport-sized photo.
  • Submit test scores for CJBAT for Law Enforcement (scores must be current on first day of class, valid for four years).  As of July 1, 2022, section 943.12(1)(g), Florida Statue states:
    "...a person is not required to take the basic skills examination and assessment instrument before entering a law enforcement basic recruit training program if he or she is a veteran as defined in s.101(14) with an honorable discharge or holds an associate degree or higher from an accredited college or university.
  • Provide the Seminole State Records Office with all official college and high school transcripts.
  • Provide a copy of FDLE Corrections Certificate.
  • Submit to a criminal background check (if not currently employed in corrections) or provide an employment verification letter (if currently employed in corrections). Background check livescan cost: $63.34.

Before you can enter the program, you must have successfully completed a Florida Corrections Basic Academy Program. Once you have entered the program, you must complete the curriculum to earn the Correctional Officer Crossover Training to Florida Law Enforcement Academy certificate.

To review the Correctional to Law Enforcement Officer Certificate courses, visit the Course Overviews webpage.

Earning the certificate does not mean you are a Florida certified law enforcement officer. It means that you are eligible to take the FDLE exam for certification. You cannot be employed as a law enforcement officer in Florida unless you pass this exam.

To find information about the fees associated with the program, please visit the Criminal Justice Class Fees and Dates page.

For information about upcoming classes, please visit the Criminal Justice Class Fees and Dates page.


Criminal Justice Training Center
407.708.2299 or 407.708.2187
Fax: 407.322.1309
Office: PS-100
Campus: Sanford/Lake Mary