Sep 30, 2022  
2022-2023 College Catalog 
2022-2023 College Catalog

Police Pre-Academy Training Certificate

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The Police Pre-Academy Training (PPAT) Certificate qualifies as the first mandatory blocks of instruction to gain entry into the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. All courses have been aligned with current SCCJA & LETC training standards and requirements as required by law. The certificate will enable individuals to continue on and complete the remaining portions of their academy training if they successfully complete all other qualifications as mandated by the program and law. The curriculum will include basic and introductory law enforcement training, tactics, and procedures. SC Criminal Law and Procedure as well as relevant industry training, tactics, and operations are included in certificate.

This certificate has additional entry requirements:

1. Must be a U.S. Citizen
2. Must be a high school graduate or have an equivalency
3. Must successfully pass a criminal background check and drug screening analysis*
4. Must be at least 20 years of age to enter program**

*Individual will be responsible for cost of the background check and drug screening analysis. Background check and drug screen must be performed by an approved organization, contact the Criminal Justice Program Director or Department Head for more information.

**Individual does not have to be currently employed with a law enforcement agency to enter the PPAT program but will have to become employed with a SC Law Enforcement Agency prior to attending the 8-week academy program in Columbia. The individual does not have to be 21 years old to enter the program but should not be more than a year away from turning 21 when entering the program.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Enter into the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy (after securing employment with a SC law enforcement agency) to complete remaining portions of instruction so they can perform the duties of a certified law enforcement officer in the state of South Carolina

Graduation Credits Required: 12

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