Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) Certificate

Program Description

The certificate level program in Basic Law Enforcement Training is designed to give students essential skills required for entry-level employment as law enforcement officers.

The program utilizes state commission mandated topics and methods of instruction. General subjects include, but are not limited to, criminal, juvenile, civil, traffic, and alcoholic beverage laws; investigative, patrol, custody, and court procedures; emergency responses; and ethics and community relations.

The 20 SHC program is available through day and night academies. The day academy takes one semester for students to complete, and the night academy takes a few weeks more. Both academies involve Saturday and evening classes. All schedules are subject to change.

Admission Criteria

A candidate for BLET admission must meet these Commission Standards and supply appropriate paperwork to the School Director prior to the first day of class:

  • BLET Interview conducted by the School Director prior to registration.
  • Citizen of the United States (copy of birth certificate or citizenship paperwork) 
  • 20 years of age (19 if 20 before course completion and with prior Commission approval)
  • Possess a minimum 10th grade reading level (using approved test) 
  • High School Diploma or GED (Diplomas earned through correspondence enrollment are not recognized towards educational requirements.) 
  • Valid Driver’s License (copy)
  • Documentation of military background (if applicable) 
  • Criminal/arrest history (Certified criminal record check for local and state records for the time period since the trainee has become an adult and from all locations where the trainee has resided since becoming an adult, in both married and maiden names (required). An Administrative Office of the Courts criminal record check or a comparable out-of-state criminal record check will satisfy this requirement.) 
  • Medical Examination (Medical examination report, properly completed by a physician licensed to practice medicine in North Carolina, a physician’s assistant or a nurse practitioner, to determine the individual’s fitness to perform the essential job functions of a criminal justice officer.) 

Based on the guidelines of the North Carolina Department of Justice, Criminal Justice Standards Division, applicants may be denied entry into the BLET Program.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of North Carolina criminal and constitutional law and civil process appropriate to an entry-level law enforcement officer
  • Display the physical ability necessary to perform the duties of an entry-level law enforcement officer
  • Demonstrate the mental capacity to perform the duties of an entry-level law enforcement officer.

Career Opportunities

After successfully completing Basic Law Enforcement Training, graduates are prepared for employment in:

  • state law enforcement
  • municipal police departments
  • county sheriff’s offices
  • company police

Additional Educational Opportunities

Upon successful completion of CJC 110 at Craven CC, a student enrolling in the Associate in Applied Science Degree program in Criminal Justice Technology at Craven CC will be given credit for CJC 120, CJC 131, CJC 132, CJC 221, and CJC 231. Students should contact Student Services for details.

Contact Information

Director of BLET Program
252-638-7361

Admissions Office
252-638-7430

Certificate Requirements

Courses in this program

Certificate Classes

Course Course Code Credit Hours Link to course details

This course covers the basic skills and knowledge needed for entry-level employment as a law enforcement officer in North Carolina. Topics include those mandated by North Carolina Administration Code as essential for functioning in law enforcement. Upon completion, the student should be able to demonstrate competence in the topics required for the state comprehensive certification examination.

Lecture Hours: 10  Lab Hours: 10  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 20 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None