About the Academy

Steps to the Academy

Step 1

Complete an online application:

Step 2

Applicants take the written Florida Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) and Physical Abilities Test (PAT).
*Former Florida-certified or out-of-state-certified officers may qualify for an exemption from the CJBAT. Effective immediately, any applicant with an associate degree or higher from an accredited college OR a U.S. veteran discharged or released under honorable conditions is exempt from the CJBAT.

Step 3

A Credit Check is conducted

Step 4

Polygraph Exam and Psychological Screening

Step 5

Background Investigation

  • Medical & Vision Exams
  • Drug Screen
  • Fingerprints
  • Database and Criminal History Checks

Step 6

The Colonel reviews the applicants and makes an employment decision.

Step 7

Applicants are offered employment and attend the Florida Highway Patrol Training Academy.