Police Pre-Academy Training



Police Pre-Academy Training Certificate (PPAT) 

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A partnership between the SC Technical College System and the SC Criminal Justice Academy, Police Pre-Academy Training (PPAT) Certificate is designed to address the industry’s current workforce shortage and enhance the policing profession overall. PPAT allows those who are at least 20 years old and have a clean background to attend the first part of the police academy BEFORE becoming employed. 

How long does it take to complete? The course is 180 hours. 

What are the steps to take?

  • Enroll and complete the Police Pre-Academy training with SCC.
  • Secure employment with a South Carolina law enforcement agency within one year.
  • Take and pass a cumulative exam and physical assessment test administered by the SC Criminal Justice Academy.
  • Complete an eight-week training program at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia. Note: You will have to become employed with an SC Law Enforcement Agency before attending this 8-week program. 

Once these steps are completed, candidates are ready to begin their career as a certified law enforcement officer in South Carolina.

Upcoming Class:

  • May 1, 2023 - Sept. 19, 2023 (Mon, Tues, Thurs evenings from 5:30pm-8:30pm) Class will be held at the Tyger River Campus.

How to Enroll?

There are certification requirements for the PPAT program.

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be a high school graduate or have an equivalency.
  • Must successfully pass a criminal background check.
  • Must be 20 years of age to enter the program.

Individuals will be responsible for the cost of the background check (must be performed by an approved organization: contact program director for more information). 


For more information, please contact Lynn Camp at 864-592-4105 or campl@sccsc.edu