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Admission Process for 2016/2017 Academies


04/17/17 - 07/06/17
No Longer Accepting Applicatons
06/26/17 - 09/14/17
Accepting Applications
09/18/17 - 12/07/17
Accepting Applications


2017-0509/25/2017 - 02/15/2018No Longer Accepting Applications
2018-0101/08/2018 - 05/24/2018Accepting Applications
2018-0201/10/2018 - 08/30/2018Accepting Applications (Part-Time Academy)
2018-0303/26/2018 - 08/09/2018Accepting Applications
2018-0406/18/2018 - 11/01/2018Accepting Applications
2018-0509/24/2018 - 02/14/2019Accepting Applications





*For inquiries regarding the Crossover Academy please contact Crystal Perez at cperez84@valenciacollege.edu

Admission Requirements

  • Applicant must be at least 19 years of age.
  • Applicant must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Applicant must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Applicant cannot have a dishonorable discharge from the Armed Forces of the United States.
  • Applicant canot have been convicted of any felony, or misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement, or a crime of moral turpitude.

  • Applicant must take the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJ BAT) and achieve a passing score.
  • Applicant will be required to provide birth certificate, high school diploma or equivalent, valid Florida Driver's License, Social Security Card, Military Form DD214 (if applicable), college transcript or other proof of degree (if applicable), and proof of medical insurance.
  • Applicant must have a physical examination prior to program entry. Forms for this purpose are part of the application packet available in the Criminal Justice Institute Office.
  • Applicant must fill out a Valencia Student Application.
  • Applicant must fill out a Criminal Justice Institute Application.

Students will be admitted into the Academy in the following order of priority.

  • Applicants who are employed by any agency which is a member of the CJI Advisory Board.
  • Applicants who are employed by any other agency in the state.
  • Applicants who are sponsored by any agency.
  • Valencia College AA/AS students or US Military Veteran.
  • All other qualified pre-service applicants.
    Upon completion of the Academy, each student will be required to take and pass a state examination prior to being certified in the State of Florida. This exam consists of five sections and requires a passing score of 80%.

1. Attend Orientation

  • All candidates must attend the School of Public Safety Orientation before applying to the Basic Law Enforcement Academy or Corrections Academy.
  • Candidates arriving late, will not be admitted into the orientation after the scheduled start time.
  • Candidates will be refused entrance to orientation if inappropriately dressed. Please wear dress slacks or skirts, button-down shirts or blouse. No sneakers.
  • Location: School of Public Safety Auditorium, 8600 Valencia College Lane, Orlando, FL 32825
  • Time: Orientation sign-in is 8:15 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. If you arrive after 8:45 a.m., you will not be admitted. Orientation begins promptly at 9:00 a.m.


2017 Orientation Dates

    January 20
    February 17
    March 10
    April 7
    May 12
    June 9
    July 7
    August 11
    September 8

    October 13

    November 10
    December 8

2. Submit a Valencia Application

  • Apply to Valencia via the online admissions application. Note: Please select Public Safety for the application type. There is a $35 application fee.
  • Please allow 5 - 7 days for your application to be processed before attempting to take the CJBAT.
  • Be sure to complete the Statement of Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes.

3. Take the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT)

  • The Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJ BAT) for law enforcement and correctional officers consists of 125 multiple-choice questions that will assess your language, visualization and reasoning skills. It is an FDLE required test and there are no exemptions. Students must pass the correct BAT for the discipline they are applying for; Corrections BAT for corrections or BAT Law Enforcement for law enforcement.
  • All paperwork for this test is completed in the Assessment Centers at the East, West or Osceola Campuses. There is a $40 fee for this test. To find out the times that the test is administered, visit the Assessment Center website.
  • The test is administered by computer. You will have two hours and thirty minutes to complete the CJ BAT.
  • Test Scores are available immediately after the test has been completed by the student. One copy of the results will be given to the student. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that the Criminal Justice Institute receives a copy of the test results.
  • The CJ BAT is valid for 4 years.

4. Submit a Criminal Justice Institute Academy Application

  • Once the above steps are completed successfully, applicants must turn in their CJ BAT score in order to receive the CJI application.
  • Applications will not be provided without a passing CJ BAT score. No exceptions.
  • Candidates with an arrest or three traffic citations in the last three years must also be interviewed by the director or designated academy coordinator. To schedule an interview, please call (407) 582-8200. Bring all supporting documentation to the interview. Candidates must be professionally dressed during the interview. Candidates not deemed to be dressed appropriately will not be interviewed.
  • When the Academy application is fully completed with physical and all required documents, return to the Criminal Justice Institute and pay the $100 application fee.
  • Your name will then be placed on the waiting list for the next available academy.
  • Office Location: Valencia College School of Public Safety, 8600 Valencia College Lane, Orlando, FL 32825

5. Receive Notification from CJI

  • You will receive a phone call and letter from the Criminal Justice Institute inviting you to participate in the Physical Assessment Test.

6. Take the Physical Assessment Test

  • Physical Assessment Tests will be administered approximately one (1) month prior to the start of the academy. The assessment test is only good for the academy that is in the current registration process.
  • Applicants who pass the test will be offered a seat in the upcoming academy.
  • Applicants who fail the test will remain on the waiting list and may be invited to re-take the Physical Assessment for the following academy.
  • All applicants must provide proof of medical insurance prior to taking the Physical Assessment.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Physical Assessment Guide prior to the assessment. Failure to comply with these instructions may result in disqualification for the current selection process.

7. Register and Pay Tuition

  • Upon receipt of an acceptance letter into an Academy, you will register and pay the tuition for the Academy at the School of Public Safety: 8600 Valencia College Lane.
  • The tuition must be paid in full by cash, money order, cashiers check, credit card or personal check on the day you are registered for the Academy.
  • After registering, make sure to purchase your uniforms and books according to the academy guidelines that are listed in the front of the academy application.

8. Go to Class




The Fire Science Academy is a limited-access program and admission is competitive. The top candidates will be selected based on their application information.

1. Contact the Career Program Advisor to learn about the program.

2. Attend a mandatory information session.

3. Apply to Valencia via the online admissions application. There is a $35 application fee.

4. Follow the college's remaining Steps to Enroll.

5. Meet the following additional admission requirements.

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Have no convictions or significant misdemeanors or felonies
  • Be of good moral character
  • Be in good physical condition

6. Attend aspecial orientation session.You will also be required to complete a separate application ($50) that you will receive from the department when you attend the special orientation.


This is a limited-access program with special admissions requirements. Admission to Valencia College does not imply acceptance to the Fire Rescue Institute's Fire Fighter program. This program has a separate admission process.

The Fire Fighter Minimum Standards Class may not be offered every semester. Check our events calendar for availability.

1. Apply to Valencia via the online admissions application. There is a $35 application fee.

2. Meet the following additional admission requirements.

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Be a Florida certified EMT - Basic or Paramedic
  • Have no convictions or significant misdemeanors or felonies
  • Be of good moral character
  • Be in good physical condition

3. Attend a special orientation session. You will also be required to complete a separate application ($50) that you will receive from the department when you attend the special orientation.

The Fire Fighter program is a vocational credit program that is not part of the Fire Science A.S. degree. It is not eligible for financial aid. Review estimated expenses.



For fire fighters desiring to earn certifications through the Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training, Valencia offers sets of courses that qualify students to test for certifications in Fire Officer I, Fire Officer II, Firesafety Inspector I, Firesafety Inspector II, Fire Instructor and Apparatus and Pumps Operator.

  1. Apply to Valencia via the online admissions application. There is a $35 application fee.
  2. Take the set of courses outlined for your desired certification.
  3. Once you've completed the course series, you will be qualified to sit for the state exam.



Valencia's two-year A.S. degrees provide a path to employment, a bachelor's degree and career enhancement. We offer several A.S. programs for public safety professionals, including Fire Science TechnologyEmergency Medical Services Technology and Criminal Justice. Certificates provide specialized training in as little as a year and apply toward a related A.S. degree.

  1. Apply to Valencia via the online admissions application. There is a $35 application fee.
  2. Follow the college's remaining Steps to Enroll.

If you are already state-certified in your field, you may be able to receive credits toward the A.S. degree for your professional experience. For details, contact a Career Program Advisor.



These programs and courses are offered throughout the year and do not have a formal admissions process. 

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Advanced Specialized Training for fire services professionals is available through open registration online.

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Law Enforcement and Corrections

Courses are open to sworn Florida law enforcement, corrections or probation officers. Officers from agencies located in Orange County have priority enrollment over officers from other counties or state agencies. Only agency training coordinators can register officers for Advanced Specialized Training courses. Contact your agency training coordinator if you are interested in enrolling in a course or program.

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These programs and courses are offered throughout the year and do not have a formal admissions process. You may register for upcoming offerings at any time online. Please note, that space is limited and courses fill up fast.

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