Basic Law Enforcement Training Program

The mission of the Basic Law Enforcement program (BLE) as mandated by South Carolina Law is to provide the officer candidate with the necessary knowledge, skills, and the abilities to perform the duties of a certified law enforcement officer in the state of South Carolina.

  • The Basic Law Enforcement training program is currently twelve weeks in duration.
  • Upon completion of the training the candidate will be a certified Class 1 Law Enforcement Officer.
  • A candidate must complete training within the first twelve months of employment.
Basic Training Rules and Regulations Handbook  

Student/Candidate Requirements

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Training Act and Regulations requires an applicant/student to prove qualification using the following information:

  • must be employed with a law enforcement agency
  • a satisfactory background check
  • a birth certificate
  • must be at least 21 years of age
  • a high school diploma or GED
  • a valid South Carolina driver’s license

Candidates for certification as state or correctional officers can present a valid current driver’s license issued by any United States’ jurisdiction.
An applicant cannot have a disqualifying incident on his or her driving record such as driving under the influence of alcohol, dangerous drugs, reckless homicide, involuntary manslaughter, or leaving the scene of an accident.
An applicant must prove medical suitably for training at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy by having a medical examination and completing the Medical History Form.

Registration/Enrollment Procedures

Registration is held every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00am-3:30pm.

Basic Law Enforcement candidates must bring the required documentation to registration for review by personnel from the Registration Unit.  Any questions concerning documentation or eligibility should be directed to the Registration Unit.
Once the required documentation is approved, the candidate’s eligibility to attend a Basic 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.

Procedure for Recycles

The Basic Training Unit will reschedule candidates dismissed from a basic training session due to failure, injury, withdrawals, etc.  While these requests may be initiated by telephone, a written request will be required before candidate can return to training.  Contact Basic Training at (803)-896-7740 or for all Basic Law Enforcement recycles.

BLE Training Schedule

LE Basic Dates Graduation
LE Basic 626 October 13, 2014 - January 23, 2015 January 23, 2015
LE Basic 627 November 3, 2014 - February 13, 2015 February 13, 2015
LE Basic 628 December 1, 2014 - March 6, 2015 March 6, 2015
LE Basic 629 January 5 - March 27, 2015 March 27, 2015
LE Basic 630 January 26 - April 17, 2015 April 17, 2015
LE Basic 631 February 16 - May 8, 2015 May 8, 2015
LE Basic 632 March 9 - May 29, 2015 May 29, 2015
LE Basic 633 March 30 - June 19, 2015 June 19, 2015
LE Basic 634 April 20 - July 17, 2015 July 17, 2015
LE Basic 635 May 11 - August 7, 2015 August 7, 2015
LE Basic 636 June 1 - August 28, 2015 August 28, 2015
LE Basic 637 June 22 - September 18, 2015 September 18, 2015