Basic Law Enforcement Training

students standing at attention The Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) certificate program prepares individuals to take the Basic Training Law Enforcement Officers Certification Examination (mandated by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission) and the Justice Officers Basic Training Certification Examination (mandated by the North Carolina Sheriff's Education and Training Standards Commission).

To complete this program successfully, the student must satisfy the minimum requirements for certification by one or both of these commissions. On completing the program, the successful student should possess the general attributes, knowledge, and skills needed to function as a law enforcement officer.

Basic Law Enforcement Training is offered only as a unit; it must be completed in its entirety and cannot be taken in sections. State law requires mandatory attendance of all classes. The program director can authorize absences for emergencies. If absences for any reason exceed five percent of all classes, the student is automatically excluded from further attendance and must complete another offering of BLET in its entirety.

North Carolina's state, county, and municipal governments offer job opportunities in law enforcement. In addition, the knowledge, skills, and abilities acquired in this course of study qualify graduates for positions with private enterprise in areas such as industrial, retail, and private security.

The training includes a program of physical activity. To be admitted to the BLET program, a student must undergo a physical examination which must be completed before starting the program. Persons with felony convictions at any time or with class "B" misdemeanor convictions within the last five years are not eligible to enroll in the program. Students completing this one-semester program earn a certificate.

Learn more about the program in the article A Day in the Life: Durham Tech Basic Law Enforcement Training

Basic Law Enforcement Training Certificate (C55120)
Course Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours
CJC 100 Basic Law Enforcement Training 10 30 20

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Important information for students on the BLET plan of study:

  • Program runs Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
  • Students must be at least twenty years of age to enroll or have special written permission from the Director of Criminal Justice Standards
  • No deviation from the prescribed curriculum is allowed.
  • 100 percent attendance is mandatory.
  • To graduate, the student must successfully complete all required coursework and pass the NC State Basic Law Enforcement Training Certification Exam.
  • This plan of study is subject to change when approved by the NC Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to meet the requirements for graduation.

V.A. Students: An approval signature from the V.A. Office is required before registering. Some courses may not be certifiable.

The above plan of study is the standard curriculum for the above program. Any deviation from the prescribed curriculum must have advanced approval. All prerequisite course requirements must also be met. To graduate the student must successfully complete all the required courses, the required credit hours for electives, and have at least a 2.0 overall grade point average. This plan of study is subject to change when the college thinks such action is in the best interest of the student or the program. It is the responsibility of the student to meet requirements for graduation.

How to Apply

  1. Complete a Durham Tech application online at
  2. Review and complete the additional requirements. If you have questions, please contact Doug Thomas, BLET Coordinator or call 919-536-7240. Once admitted, you will be contacted for assistance with registration.