Students who enroll in training at GPSTC are expected to maintain a professional and courteous demeanor. Failure to abide by the GPSTC policies may result in disciplinary action including the student’s dismissal from class, assessment of a fee or fine to the student or their employing agency or permanent expulsion from GPSTC campuses. Click on specific sections below for more details on GPSTC’s training policies.
Students may miss scheduled class activities only in the event of illness, emergencies, or business related reasons. The Course Coordinator should be notified of planned absences. Most courses require 90% attendance while some basic classes require 95%.
All forms of alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs are prohibited on state property except for use in training activities under the direct supervision of a Course Coordinator. All forms of gambling are prohibited on state property. Smoking (including the use of vapor e-cigarettes) is permitted in designated areas outside the building only. Tobacco chewing, dipping and spitting is regarded as an outdoor activity.
Student cancellations should be submitted through the online registration system via the GPSTC Access page as early as possible to allow other agencies to fill unregistered seats. However, substitution by the agency is preferred to cancellation. Please note that substitute students must meet the criteria and prerequisites for the course and substitutions can also be made online by an agency administrator via the GPSTC Access page. Cancellations or substitutions must be submitted prior to the starting time for the class; failure to do so will result in a “No Show” designation.
Students shall not damage or deface GPSTC property. Damages to barrack rooms by students or missing items discovered upon a student’s checkout from the barracks will be billed to the agency with which the student is employed. Trainees who fail to return loaned Training Center property or incur indebtedness to the Center will not graduate until the debt is resolved or property returned.
Some courses may require wearing uniforms or special attire. Course coordinators will advise class members when certain clothing is necessary. Students are otherwise expected to dress in attire appropriate for presenting a professional appearance. Unacceptable clothing includes, but is not limited to, flip flops, shorts, short-shorts, tank tops and t-shirts.
Students who are employed by state, county, or municipal public safety agencies in Georgia may attend training at no charge. Lodging and supplies (unless noted in the course description) are provided by the Training Center. Students must pay for meals.
Employees of federal agencies, out-of-state agencies, and private sector organizations may attend courses on a space-available basis and will be assessed a tuition fee as outlined in the fee schedule below for basic mandate courses. Advanced and specialized courses cost $15 per course hour. An additional fee is applied to courses with significant supply costs (e.g. driver training, firearms, firefighting, etc.). Tuition includes lodging for students attending a basic mandate course in Forsyth, otherwise, tuition does not include meals or lodging.
- For more detailed eligibility information, please visit our Student Eligibility and Tuition webpage
|Basic Mandate Program||Tuition||Program Length||Additional Fees/Notes|
|Basic Law Enforcement||$3,093||408 hrs||Approximately $700|
|Basic Firefighter||$5,175||345 hrs||Students must provide NFPA compliant gear|
|Basic Jail Officer||$1,200||80 hrs||Tuition is ONLY due for applicants who have been employed with an agency more than six months|
|Basic Communications Officer||$600||40 hrs||Tuition is ONLY due for applicants who have been employed with an agency more than six months|
|Basic Coroner||$600||40 hrs||Tuition is due for all students and should be paid to the Georgia Public Safety Training Center|
Students attending courses at the Center are permitted to fish after training hours and with a valid fishing license. Fishing hours will be Monday – Thursday, 5:00 PM until 30 minutes before sunset. No boats, rafts, canoes or kayaks are allowed.
Classrooms are to be maintained in an orderly fashion by all who use the facilities. Clean-up is provided after hours with inmate labor, so for that reason, all valuables should be secured by students at the end of each class day.
Janitorial, landscaping and some housekeeping services at GPSTC are provided by inmates. These inmates are under the supervision of designated personnel. Students should avoid contact with inmates and at no time give anything to or receive anything from an inmate. If you observe an inmate behaving improperly, please notify your course coordinator or other GPSTC employee immediately.
The fee for lost barrack room keys is $10.
A no-show for a course denies another person the opportunity to receive training. We urge registering a qualified person as a substitute via GPSTC Access in advance. Students or agencies that accrue more than two no-shows may be denied future training opportunities.
Entrance to the Georgia Public Safety Training Center requires the driver produce a valid driver’s license and to state the nature of the visit, i.e. name of class, name of person visiting. Student parking is in the south parking lot (to the left upon entering the main gate) with overflow parking and Conference Center parking on the north side. Students are not authorized to park in the front parking area or in areas designated as “visitor” parking. Vehicles must be kept locked at all times.
Tuition, meals, lodging and other charges may be paid by cash, check, money order, Master Card or Visa. Tuition should be paid in advance or upon arrival at the Training Center. If prearranged, charges may be billed to the agency. Checks should be made payable to: Georgia Public Safety Training Center.
Be sure to review the course descriptions and submit any required documents or other required proof that prerequisites have been met. Failure to submit this information may result in the rejection of your registration.
The gymnasium, weight room and agility area hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and may be used provided that a class is not in session in the area. Any recreation items needed after 5:00 p.m. (e.g. weight belts, gloves, etc.) must be supplied by the student.
Students who repeat a class due to failure will be assessed tuition fees. The rate of tuition is $15 per course hour.
Course Coordinators are available to discuss with students any academic problems or to help with emergency situations.
Students should bring the supplies and/or equipment required in the course description. Students should also bring court shoes and other items appropriate for free time activities in the physical training area.
Students are expected to keep their classrooms and barrack rooms clean at all times and shall not damage or deface GPSTC property. Trainees who fail to return loaned Training Center property or incur indebtedness to the Center will not graduate until the debt is resolved or property returned.
Students are prohibited from having visitors or guests on campus, except on Resident Agency-sponsored family days, and for graduation. Students must meet visitors outside the gates and MAY NOT escort the visitor on campus. Violation of this rule may result in immediate dismissal from class and notification to both the student’s agency and the appropriate regulatory agency of dismissal for violation of academy rules.
If placed on the waiting list, students may not be registered for any other class with the same title, nor any class that starts or ends during the same period. The waiting list is for the specified course only. If the student is not selected for the class before the start date, the registration will be cancelled.