Basic Training FAQ

Below are some of the questions that GPSTC students and customers most frequently ask the staff of the Basic Training Division. If you find that you still need assistance, you may contact the Basic Training Division by phone at (478) 993-4622.

If I am not employed by an agency how can I put myself through the academy?

Pre-service candidates may attend Basic Training on a tuition basis at our Forsyth campus or any of our satellite training facilities. Simply follow the process detailing How to Become a Police Officer in Georgia. While the HOPE Scholarship and Pell grants are not currently available to pay for Basic Training, there are some financial aid options, such as the GI Bill.

 How much does it cost to attend Basic Law Enforcement Training?

The current tuition rate is outlined in our fee schedule below. In addition to tuition, there are fees for application, background checks, uniforms, etc. that varies based on the academy you choose to attend. Those fees are outlined in the schedule below.

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

 Is the HOPE Scholarship or Pell grant available for financial aid?

At this time, unfortunately not. There are some other financial aid options available to students, such as the GI Bill.  Please view our financial aid webpage for more information.

If I have the GI Bill will it pay for my training?

Yes. The GI Bill will reimburse students for Basic Law Enforcement Training. You must pay up front and during your training, we will file the paperwork for reimbursement.

Do I have to stay on campus at night?

You are not required to stay on campus overnight, however classes begin early and tardiness and absences are not accepted. You might find that it is more convenient to stay on campus.

How long is the Basic Law Enforcement Training course?

The Basic Law Enforcement Training course takes 11 weeks to complete.

Do you have night courses?

Our Basic Law Enforcement Training courses are designed to allow students to complete their training in as short amount of time as possible. Therefore, classes run from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM or later. We do not offer an evening-only program.

Does the academy help us get hired?

While we don’t make placement calls for you, hiring managers have repeatedly indicated that they prefer graduates of the GPSTC Basic Law Enforcement Training program to graduates of other programs. Agencies often call us for a list of pre-service students that are available for hire. For more information on placement, you should speak to the manager of the regional academy you plan to attend.

Can I use my local law enforcement agency for my background check and fingerprints? 

No. Background checks must be conducted through Professional Screening and Information (PSI) http://www.psibackgroundcheck.com/ and fingerprints must be processed through Georgia Applicant Processing Service (GAPS) http://www.gapost.org/pdf_file/preserv_gaps13.pdf.