Non-Sworn Law Enforcement Applicants

  • Non-sworn Law Enforcement applicants (applicants that are not certified law enforcement officers) must start the selection process by completing both a State of Florida application and an FWC supplemental application by visiting
  • Applicants must fill out and submit the State of Florida application online through People First. 
  • Applicants must fill out the FWC supplemental application online.  The Supplemental Application provides the necessary information for the agency to conduct a thorough background investigation on qualifying applicants.
  • The applicant must pass the BAT (Basic Abilities Test, also known as the FBAT or CJBAT). The BAT test is specifically designed to determine an applicant's ability to successfully complete the Basic Recruit Curriculum.

  • After receipt of your completed applications, to include all requested documents, qualifying applicants will be invited to participate in a Physical Abilities Test.
  • After successfully completing the physical assessment the applicant is scheduled for an oral interview by a review panel at the FWC Law Enforcement Training Center which is located at The Florida Public Safety Institute (FPSI) near Tallahassee. If selected by the review panel, a thorough background investigation will be conducted.
  • Following a successful background investigation, selected applicants will be required to complete an extensive vision and psychological evaluation, and a physical, to include a seven-panel drug screening.
  • At the conclusion of this process, selected applicants are offered employment and enrolled at the FWC Law Enforcement Training Center for the basic recruit law enforcement training. The basic recruit academy lasts about 19 weeks and housing is provided at the academy dormitory.
  • After completion of the basic recruit academy, recruits who attended regional academies join those completing the academy at FPSI to begin agency specific training which lasts up to six weeks. This specialized training includes, but is not limited to:
    • Fish and wildlife conservation laws
    • Land Navigation & GPS
    • Federal Fisheries Law Enforcement
    • Species I.D. (marine and wildlife)
    • Vessel accident investigation
    • Water safety survival
    • Man-tracking
    • Commercial fishing
    • Vessel operation
    • ATV training
  • At the conclusion of the agency specific training, Officers report to their new assignment location and will be placed in a 16 week Field Training Officer (FTO) Program.  This program is specifically designed to teach the unique requirements of Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement.
  • Upon successful completion of the FTO Program, approval is given to carry out the daily duties of an FWC Officer. 

FWC Facts:
The FWC protects and manages more than 575 species of wildlife.

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