Basic Law Enforcement Training

Basic Law Enforcement Training

Have you always wanted to join a police academy? Do you want to know what it takes to be successful as a law enforcement officer? The Central Piedmont Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program is a 16-week long "rookie" police academy offered for students interested in completing the certification to become a law enforcement officer in the state of North Carolina. Basic law enforcement training provides college credit and the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for entry-level employment as law enforcement officers with the state, county, or municipal governments, or with private agencies.

What You Will Learn

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 basic law enforcement training course is filled with practical exercises and an extensive ethics section that is woven throughout the training experience.The North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission mandates the topics and methods of instruction. Training is paramilitary style and comprises of 36 separate blocks of instruction on topics such as, but not limited to, criminal, juvenile, civil, traffic, and alcohol beverage laws; investigative, patrol, custody, and court procedures; emergency responses; and ethics and community relations. Upon successful completion of basic law enforcement training, students can earn up to 24 credit hours toward the Associate in Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice Technology.

Please note that employment with criminal justice agencies is subject to specific agency criteria; therefore, completion of the course alone is no guarantee of eligibility of employment.

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Why Choose Central Piedmont

Our basic law enforcement training program is highly respected in the southeast, and our students have a 100% state exam pass rate. The benefits of our program include hands-on education, experienced instructors, access to agencies for employment, career opportunities, and military credit. You will also have the opportunity to participate in the student Criminal Justice Association

Real World Education

At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.

The Details

  • Program Options

    The college catalog details the basic law enforcement training program options currently available at Central Piedmont as well as program eligibility and course requirements. In addition to the basic law enforcement training certificate, Central Piedmont also offers a police academic prep certificate. The police academy prep certificate takes one year to complete and will teach you the basic requirements for completion of our basic law enforcement training or any policy academy and prepare you to meet the physical rigors of our or any police academy. For more information on the police academy prep certificate, please contact cpccblet@cpcc.edu.

    Sponsorship

    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. Our program does not require you to be sponsored to enter the program. Included in the basic law enforcement training 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. There is no monetary assistance from the sponsoring agency nor is there any promise to employ upon successful completion, but the signed sponsorship form from the agency does in fact waive your tuition with the North Carolina Community College System for the program. You can pay for the course on your own and not be sponsored.

    Visiting Students

    If you wish to transfer architectural technology course credit back to your home institution, explore how to enroll at Central Piedmont as a visiting student .

    Corporate and Continuing Education

    Central Piedmont's Corporate and Continuing Education provides non-credit, non-degree courses and programs, including job skills, industry-focused career training, certificates, certifications, professional licensure, and personal enrichment. Day, evening, weekend, and online opportunities are available.

    College and Career Readiness

    If you are looking for programs to gain the knowledge or skills necessary to finish a high school degree or to get a job, visit Central Piedmont's College and Career Readiness.

    College Credit for High School Students

    Visit Career and College Promise to learn about opportunities for high school students to earn college credit at Central Piedmont.

  • Basic Law Enforcement Training Program Requirements

    For detailed information on basic law enforcement training course admissions requirements, visit the Central Piedmont Community College catalog. Please note that the basic law enforcement training certification does not last indefinitely. 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.

    Eligibility

    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. 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 and Standards Division on a case-by-case basis.

    Please note as well that the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education Training and 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. It is also important to know that vocational diplomas or high school certificates also do not meet the minimum educational requirements.

    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 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. previous training, classes, or academy experiences from another state will not transfer nor count toward a N.C. BLET certification.

    To receive the certificate, you are required to complete 640 mandated hours across 16 weeks and must successfully complete and pass all units of study, the Police Officer Physical Abilities Test (POPAT) course, and the state certification examination mandated by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission. No excused absences (e.g. for weddings, etc.) will be permitted while enrolled in the program. 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.

    Registration

    You cannot register for this course during the regular college registration. You must attend a preliminary interview before being admitted into the program. Prospective candidates must contact Markitta Garner at 704.330.4110 to set up an appointment for a preliminary interview. 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. 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.

  • Locations

    You cannot register for this course during the regular college registration. You must attend a preliminary interview before being admitted into the program. Prospective candidates must contact Markitta Garner at 704.330.4110 to set up an appointment for a preliminary interview. 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. 

    Please note that course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm which courses are required to complete this program in the college catalog and confirm where courses are available using Schedule Builder.

  • Course Delivery Methods

    • Classroom/Lab

    You cannot register for this course during the regular college registration. You must attend a preliminary interview before being admitted into the program. Prospective candidates must contact Markitta Garner at 704.330.4110 to set up an appointment for a preliminary interview. 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. 

    Training is offered during the day on weekdays only. Please note that course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm which courses are required to complete this program in the college catalog and confirm course delivery methods using Schedule Builder.

  • Basic Law Enforcement Training Careers

    Please note that the basic law enforcement training certification does not last indefinitely. 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.

    Visit Central Piedmont’s Career Coach for detailed basic law enforcement training career opportunities, salary information, and job openings.

  • Costs and Aid

    Central Piedmont provides real-world, affordable, hands-on education and career training. Learn how much it costs to attend Central Piedmont . There is no standardized financial aid available for this course other than V.A. benefits, agency sponsorship, and the WIA (Workforce Investment Act) program.

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