Frequently Asked Questions
What is Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET)? The Basic Law Enforcement Training program is designed to prepare entry-level individuals with the cognitive and physical skills needed to become certified law enforcement officers in North Carolina. The course comprises of 36 separate blocks of instruction to include such topics as Firearms; Drivers Training; Motor Vehicle Laws and Arrest; Search and Seizure. The BLET course is filled with practical exercises and an extensive Ethics section that is woven throughout the training experience.
When is the BLET program offered? BLET is offered during the day, twice an academic year during the fall and spring semesters. The next scheduled class begins in August of 2015. The primary BLET operating hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Is a night version of BLET offered? Not at this time.
What is a “Sponsorship,” and does everyone have to have one? Sponsorship simply means that a municipal, county, state or federal North Carolina Law Enforcement Agency Head or his/her designee has met and talked with you and is willing to sponsor you for Basic Law Enforcement Training. The signed sponsorship form does not obligate the sponsoring agency to hire you upon your successful completion of the course, nor does it obligate you to take a job with the sponsoring agency. CPCC’s BLET does not require a student to be sponsored to enter the program.
How do I obtain a sponsorship? Included in the BLET packet you will find a sponsorship list for various agencies, as well as the form that needs to be signed. We will accept a sponsorship from an agency outside of the agencies provided. Accepted agencies include a municipal, county, state or federal North Carolina Law Enforcement Agency. Simply contact one of the listed service agencies and request a sponsorship. Agency contact personnel and their phone numbers will be listed.
Does the sponsoring agency help me with the cost of the course? No. There is no monetary assistance from the sponsoring agency nor is there any promise to employ upon successful completion. Note: The signed sponsorship form from the agency does in fact waive your tuition with the North Carolina Community College System for the course.
Can I simply pay for the course on my own and not be sponsored? The answer to this question is, “Yes.”
I did not graduate from my regular high school. However, I took a course through the mail or on-line and now have my high school diploma from the institution that provided the course. Will this meet the high school diploma requirement? The answer to this question is “NO.” North Carolina Criminal Justice Education Training & Standards Division does not recognize correspondence or on-line high school diplomas. Only a regular high school diploma or GED diploma will meet this requirement. High School diplomas obtained through “Home School” programs certified through the North Carolina Department of Education do meet this requirement. Note: It is also important to know that Vocational Diplomas or High School Certificates also do not meet the minimum educational requirements.
My friend just recently graduated from Basic Law Enforcement Training at another community college. Can I use his textbooks to save the expense of new ones? The answer to this question is “NO.” The Basic Law Enforcement Training Manuals and textbooks are updated on a regular basis; therefore, you will need the latest version for class in order to adequately prepare for the State Comprehensive Examination.
Can I get financial aid through the college for this course? No. There is no standardized financial aid available for this course other than V.A. benefits, Agency Sponsorship, and the WIA (Workforce Investment Act) program.
I have a felony charge on my record from many years ago. Can I still become an officer or enroll in Basic Law Enforcement Training? No. A Felony Conviction is an absolute Disqualification from certification as a North Carolina Law Enforcement Officer or enrollment into Basic Law Enforcement Training for life.
Note: Individuals charged with crimes as specified above and such offenses were dismissed or the person was found not guilty, may be admitted into the Basic Law Enforcement Training Course but completion of the course will not ensure that certification as a law enforcement officer through the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission will be issued. These cases will be reviewed by North Carolina Criminal Justice Education Training & Standards Division on a case by case basis.
I have a special family event (wedding, fishing trip, vacation etc.) in another State planned halfway through the course I will need be absent from class for a week in order to attend. Will I be able to attend this event while enrolled? The answer to this question is NO. You will not be able to attend. This would not be considered to be an excused absence. Once you decide to enroll in this course, it needs to be your priority in order to be successful. Prior preparation on your part is of paramount importance. You will need to get all your personal issues in order prior to enrolling.
Do I register during the regular College Registration or do I register On-Line? No. You cannot register for this course during the regular college registration. You must attend a preliminary interview before being admitted into the program. Once all entry requirements are met, you will be added to the roster for the course. Your actual registration will be completed on the first day of orientation.
Will my law enforcement certification from another state transfer to N.C. or will I have to attend BLET in its entirety? Out-of-state transferees will be evaluated to determine the amount and quality of their training and experience. At a minimum, out-of-state candidates must have two years of full-time, sworn law enforcement experience and have successfully completed a basic law enforcement training course accredited by the state from which they are transferring in order to be considered for transfer to a North Carolina law enforcement agency. Out-of-State transferees cannot have a break in service exceeding (1) one year.
Persons who have completed training as a federal law enforcement officer or a military police officer will be required to complete the Commission-accredited BLET in its entirety and successfully pass the state comprehensive examination prior to employment.
After graduating from BLET, does the certification last indefinitely? No. Graduates must be hired or “sworn-in” by a law enforcement agency within (12) months from their graduation date or the certification will expire. Anyone who does not maintain a “sworn” status with an agency for a period of (12) months will see their BLET certification expire. BLET must be taken again in its entirety for re-certification.
Will my previous training, classes, or academy experiences from another state transfer and count toward a N.C. BLET certification? No. The N.C. Training & Standards Division in Raleigh is the authorizing agency on this issue. Questions should be directed to (919)716-6470.