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Old 08-06-2010, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Indiana
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I can't seem to find the formal law or even the agency tasked with this, just a bunch of community college and for-profit colleges offering an AAS in it. So I'm asking here.

When coming from out of state, is there any way other than the above mentioned AAS programs to be 'approved by committee review' or otherwise not have to get a whole second/third degree in order to obtain the certificate? We are looking at a DoD job in NC that is 'not to exceed 3 years' term and if we were to stay on the only jobs matching my husband's current degree all say 'NC BLET Certificate Required' He is working on his AS in Criminal Justice and will be completing his BS in the same via the internet wherever we end up if we dont' stay around here. If we do, obviously he will be doing it primarily on-campus and the remaining bit on line. He has/is/is set to have taken almost all the courses the BLET programs list except the firearms courses, which he's actually proficient in from his military training but isn't available in his CJ program at this time as a course. It seems like NC has a lot of transplants especially prior service types, and I can't imagine there isn't a secondary method of securing the appropriate paperwork for armed security employment?
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Old 08-06-2010, 05:03 PM
 
Location: in a house
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Well bless your heart - we really aren't incompetent here. If you'd looked through one of the "...bunch of community college .... offering an AAS in it." you would have found the following:

The Criminal Justice Technology curriculum is designed to provide knowledge of criminal justice systems and operations. Study will focus on local, state, and federal law enforcement, judicial processes, corrections, and security services. The criminal justice system’s role within society will be explored.

Emphasis is on criminal justice systems, criminology, juvenile justice, criminal and constitutional law, investigative principles, ethics, and community relations. Additional study may include issues and concepts of government, counseling, communications, computers, and technology.

Employment opportunities exist in a variety of local, state, and federal law enforcement, corrections, and security fields. Examples include police officer, deputy sheriff, county detention officer, state trooper, intensive probation/parole surveillance officer, correctional officer, and loss prevention specialist


and

The North Carolina Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) is a State accredited program designed to prepare entry level individuals with the cognitive and physical skills to become certified police officers and deputy sheriff’s. The course is comprised of thirty-five separate blocks of instruction. The Commission mandated course, upon completion, will enable the graduate to be certified to work as a sworn law enforcement officer in the State of North Carolina.

and phone numbers to call. Many AAS graduates continue on for the undergraduate degree via distance ed, from Western Carolina University and others.

For more info, here you go:
Law Enforcement Training & Standards

You be sweet....

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Old 08-06-2010, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Indiana
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Say what you mean and own it. Aside from which, I called four separate #'s listed on two sepearate forms and all four went straight to voicemail. Which is understandable given that #1 It's Friday and #2 School starts in a week or two so even our piddly little statewide CC network is letting 99% of all incoming calls go to voicemail so they can get the real work done. I left messages but from past experience I can usually get answers far faster here than I can get a voicemail or e-mail returned. And usually with far more clarity.

And furthermore, all of what you quoted is exactly what I said I found. Listings showing that it's an AAS program repeating the same coursework he's currently pursuing. Which seems to be a bit much to expect someone with an AS or a BS in Criminal Justice to complete an additional 35 credit hours of the exact same courses to gain a certificate that is 'required' not only for the jobs listed but for about 60% of the current 'security and protective services' positions listed for NC on the job boards, most of which pay less than $15/hr.

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Old 08-06-2010, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Southeastern Cumberland County
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Is he currently law enforcement certified in your state?? If he was, then NC does do a "reciprocity" with some states. If he's NOT BLET certified already, then he WILL have to go through the training here and get his certification.
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Old 08-07-2010, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Mooresville, NC
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I agree with what LRoyal said. When we moved here, DH was more than 1 yr past his retirement date so he would have to get a BLET certification to continue working in a security position. Mind you, he has 29 yrs experience in law enforcement & retired as a Lt. Some companies will pick up the cost of the course requirement, either directly or as a reimbursement. When DH looked, it was close to $5K & that was 4 yrs ago.
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Old 08-07-2010, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Indiana
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Thanks for the clarification. We so want to live less than our current 12-18 hours from the coast, but if it's going to require a whole AAS for hubby to be employable, whereas in the other 2 states we're looking at, his AS {or BS if he completes it before we move} and a week to two week armed security/guard card 'instructional and hands on assessment' class will be accepted for the same jobs. Not at the relatively high rates of the Coast, but decent money and in fact higher than the same degree & certification will bring here so it's still a win-win.
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Old 08-07-2010, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Southeastern Cumberland County
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BLET is not the same as an Associate's Degree. My husband has a BS Degree in Criminal Justice, but in order to be a LEO, he had to take BLET separately.
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Old 08-08-2010, 07:12 AM
 
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BLET takes about 19 weeks for day classes going every day. 32 weeks for night classes and runs around 2k.
Basic Law Enforcement Training - Wake Technical Community College
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Old 08-08-2010, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Southeastern Cumberland County
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Originally Posted by macjr82 View Post
BLET takes about 19 weeks for day classes going every day. 32 weeks for night classes and runs around 2k.
Basic Law Enforcement Training - Wake Technical Community College
And those night classes require some weekends too......
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