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  • How long is the LEO cert good for?

    If you don't get hired right away after the academy, how long does the certification stay valid for?

  • #2
    Your certification lasts four years...check FLDE's website for all of the specifics.

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    • #3
      From the date of graduation or date of passing state exam? Having a brain fart right now.

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      • #4
        Date of starting the academy. I know it hasn't always been that way so if you went to the academy a few years ago it may be different. But from what our coordinator told us its the day you start the academy.

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        • #5
          so if your an active LE, do you just retake the test every four years? or how does that work?

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          • #6
            No, your cert doesn't lapse if your active in LE, only if you are not employed by an agency. So basically you have 4 years to get hired, and if you for some reason leave an agency, you have 4 years to be picked up by someone else.

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            • #7
              Cool, thanks for the info

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              • #8
                What are the requirements for one to lateral into FHP?? could you put yourself through the academy and then apply right after graduation? Thanks in advance!!

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                • #9
                  You don't have to retake the exam every four years. Once active (hired) you in-service training as all you need.

                  Once you pass the exam you have four years to get hired or you cert expires.

                  Once you have been hired, if you leave you have four years to get hired again. But if you break is less than 8 years you can apply for an exemption to the Basic academy and take an comparative compliance course (about 80 hours) and then sit for the state exam again.

                  Think that covers it.

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                  • #10
                    Keep in mind that the academy and state exam makes you "certifiable". Once you get hired, you activate that certification through FDLE. You'll get a nice certificate in the mail from Tallahassee about your activation becoming activated.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by FutRTrPR View Post
                      What are the requirements for one to lateral into FHP?? could you put yourself through the academy and then apply right after graduation? Thanks in advance!!
                      You could spend your own money on the EOT course, or just apply and see if FHP will sponsor you through their academy. Why waste your own time and money when they might foot the bill for you?

                      link to FDLE Equivalency of Training

                      link to FHP careers
                      Last edited by srq screw; 10-13-2009, 11:51 AM. Reason: added links

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by FutRTrPR View Post
                        What are the requirements for one to lateral into FHP?? could you put yourself through the academy and then apply right after graduation? Thanks in advance!!
                        You could do that, but just warning you, FHP has gotten wise to this and would consider you certified but with no experience, so you don't get the perks that those with previous experience get like getting put in the area where you live, etc...
                        Last edited by Thesoldier; 10-13-2009, 12:14 PM.

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