Begin a Career in Public Safety

Begin a Career in Public SafetyBecome a Police Officer

Joining the ranks of Georgia’s police force is a high honor and will be an extremely challenging, but very rewarding step on your career path. In Georgia, the peace officer certification process is regulated by the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council (POST). Candidates interested in becoming a peace officer in Georgia must complete an application with POST prior to enrolling in the Georgia Public Safety Training Center’s (GPSTC) Basic Law Enforcement Program.

Upon meeting or completing the pre-requisites listed below, candidates may enroll in GPSTC’s Basic Law Enforcement Training, which is a rigorous program that consists of 408 course hours and takes 11 weeks to complete. After a candidate has completed the program, they are eligible for POST certification and for employment as an entry-level law enforcement officer.

Become a Firefighter

The work of a firefighter is challenging, exhausting and rewarding all at the same time. Pursuing a career in fire protection services is noble and commendable, but is certainly not to be taken lightly.

GPSTC’s Basic Firefighter Training is an intense eight-week program that will test candidates, both mentally and physically. After completing GPSTC’s Basic Firefighter Training Program, students will sit for the GFSTC written NPQ Firefighter I test, which, upon passing, earns students state certification as a firefighter. Students will also have the option of taking an additional skills test to earn National Firefighter I certification. Georgia’s firefighter certification process is regulated by the Georgia Fire Standards and Training Council (GFSTC)