An EOT/Equivalency of Training is a process that allows an officer to be exempt from having to complete the full basic recruit academy.
You may be eligible to apply for an EOT from the full basic recruit training requirements if you were certified in another state or as a Federal (including military) Law Enforcement, Corrections, or Probation Officer. You may also be eligible if you were previously certified in FL but your certification is now inactive.
You must meet the following requirements if you’re an Out-of-State or a Federal (including military): Law Enforcement, Corrections or Probation Officer:
For prior Florida certified officer, there can be no more than an 8 year break in employment as an officer. The break in employment is measured from the separation date of the most recent qualifying employment to the time a complete application requesting an exemption from training is submitted to a Criminal Justice Selection Center or criminal justice employing agency.
In order for a law enforcement, correctional or correctional probation officer in another state, or a Federal Officer (to include Military) 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 Assessment showing 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 certain high-liability physical skills (defensive tactics, firearms, medical first responder, and for law enforcement officers only - driving) at a Florida Criminal Justice Training Academy; and (3) Pass the Florida State Officer Certification Examination (SOCE).
If you are an Out-of-State Officer or Federal Officer (to include Military) and want to initiate an EOT, review/complete the hyperlinked documents listed below. These documents will guide you through the EOT process.