How to Pass the North Carolina State Exam for Law Enforcement

by Carol Taber
Being a police officer requires a lot of training in North Carolina

Being a police officer requires a lot of training in North Carolina

The North Carolina State Exam for Law Enforcement is part of a certification program designed by the Criminal Justice Standards Division for the State of North Carolina to ensure a "consistent level of competence of police officers and to promote the professional status of law enforcement officials" throughout the state's one hundred counties.

To pass the North Carolina State Exam for Law Enforcement applicants must take Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET). BLET is a 35-unit, 600+ hour program offered by community and technical colleges in North Carolina. This training is mandatory for all those planning to work as a police officer anywhere in the state.

You can not take the North Carolina State Exam for Law Enforcement until you complete the BLET.

Log on to the community or technical college of your choice to see of it offers the Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program.

Meet the mandatory enrollment standards before applying for BLET. Standards for student enrollment differ depending on which school you plan to attend. Check your chosen school's enrollment policy carefully before you enroll.

Ascertain if you will meet the Criminal Justice Standards Division minimum standards for the Certification of Law Enforcement Officers upon completion of your BLET training.

For example many community colleges allow undocumented aliens into their programs but you must be an American citizen to work in law enforcement in North Carolina. The Wake Tech website lists of the minimum standards for the certification of law enforcement officers.

Enroll in a BLET program. Most colleges allow trainees to enroll online. If not, contact the school's admissions department for information on how to enroll.

Do the course work for and pass each of the 35 units of the course. Upon passing the 37 tests and eight practicums given during BLET a trainee is now prepared to take the North Carolina State Exam for Law Enforcement.

You can not take the the North Carolina State Exam for Law Enforcement unless and until you have passed all the BLET unit tests and practicums with a score of 75 percent or more.

Tips

  • Tuition varies by college. If you have more than one community college in your area offering the BLET program, compare tuition costs to find the most affordable one.
  • The 35 units of BLET training cover criminal and civil law and police procedures. Cape Fear Community College has a list of the units on their website.

Warning

  • You must find a law enforcement job within one year of passing the North Carolina State Exam for Law Enforcement or lose your certification.

Items you will need

  • Local community or technical college
  • Transportation to college
  • Resources to pay for training

About the Author

Based in North Carolina, Carol Taber has been writing since 2008. Her work is published on her blog, A Second Cup, and on various other websites. She is currently a features writer for The Wake Weekly and holds a Bachelor of Arts in accounting from the University of New York at Buffalo.

Photo Credits

  • police body and dog image by Sergey Galushko from Fotolia.com