South Carolina Law Enforcement Training
Student/ Candidate Requirements
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Training Act and Regulations requires an applicant/student to prove qualification using the following information:
- must be employed with a law enforcement agency/detention facility
- a satisfactory background check
- a birth certificate
- must be at least 21 years of age
- a high school diploma or GED
- a valid South Carolina driver’s license
- must be a US citizen
Candidates for certification as state or correctional officers can present a valid current driver’s license issued by any United States’ jurisdiction. An applicant cannot have a disqualifying incident on his or her driving record such as driving under the influence of alcohol, dangerous drugs, reckless homicide, involuntary manslaughter, or leaving the scene of an accident. An applicant must prove medical suitably for training at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy by having a medical examination and completing the Medical History Form.
Registration is held every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00am-3:30pm.
Basic Law Enforcement candidates must bring the required documentation to registration for review by personnel from the Registration Unit. Any questions concerning documentation or eligibility should be directed to the Registration Unit at (803) 896-9912. Once the required documentation is approved, the candidate’s eligibility to attend a Basic Training Session will be confirmed.
If a candidate cannot attend scheduled training the agency’s Training Officer should contact Registration at (803) 896-9912 to reschedule.
Procedure for Recycles
The Basic Training Unit will reschedule candidates dismissed from a basic training session due to failure, injury, withdrawals, etc. While these requests may be initiated by telephone, a written request will be required before candidate can return to training.
Contact Basic Training at
(803) 896-7740 for all Basic Law Enforcement recycles
(803) 896-7800 for all Basic Detention and Limited Duty recycles