Basic Telecommunications Officer Training

The mission of the Basic Telecommunications Officer Training program is to provide an instructional program that is designed to expedite and maximize the safe and efficient public safety response to the emergency needs of the community.

Telecommunications training is currently an 80-hour program (2 weeks)
Basic Telecommunications Rules & Regulations

Candidate/Student Requirements

To be eligible for training and/or certification approved by the Law Enforcement Training Council and provided/accepted by the Academy, an applicant must:
  • be employed with a public safety answering system within the state of South Carolina
  • be at least 18 years of age and provide a legible copy of his/her birth certificate (verified by department)
  • provide a legible copy of his/her high school diploma or equivalent (verified by department)
  • pass a NCIC and SCCH criminal history check showing no crimes carrying a sentence of more than one year
  • provide a legible certificate, transcript, or confirmation of having successfully completed a NIMS ICS-100 level course
  • actively participate during the Spanish language training and demonstrate his/her proficiency through participation, homework, and quizzes

NOTE: Sworn law enforcement officers and/or criminal justice personnel must meet state requirements for a law enforcement officer as set forth in the Training Act.
The above minimum standards are requirements for training only.  The employing entity and professional accrediting bodies may require employment standards and professional standards beyond these.
The legislation requires agencies to reimburse the Academy for the cost of Telecommunications training.  The Academy has set the tuition at $700.00, a fee covering the costs of meals, dormitory rooms, student material, and instruction for the ten-day course.

Registration/Enrollment Procedures

Registration is held every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00am-3:30pm.
Basic Telecommunications candidates must bring the required documentation to registration for review by personnel from the Registration Unit.
Once the required documentation is approved, the candidate’s eligibility to attend a Basic Telecommunications Operator Training Session will be confirmed.

Cancellation Procedures

If a candidate cannot attend scheduled training the agency’s Training Officer should contact Registration at to reschedule.

Basic Telecommunications Training Schedule

Class #

Training Dates

192 January 12 - 23, 2015
193 February 23 - March 6, 2015
194 April 6 - 17, 2015
195 May 18 - 29, 2015
196 June 8 - 19, 2015


Documents should be mailed to:

SC Criminal Justice Academy
Attn: Registration
5400 Broad River Rd.
Columbia, SC 29212


Fax: 803-896-8360