Special Agent Hiring Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Four years of sworn law enforcement experience; or
  • A bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited college or university with a major in criminology/criminal justice, accounting, finance, computer science or related fields.
  • Selected applicants will be required to sign an employment training reimbursement agreement.
  • An applicant’s probationary period will extend 12 months after completion of the FDLE Special Agent Training Academy.
  • Applicants who do not currently possess certification as a Law Enforcement Officer in Florida will be hired at 5% below the base salary. Upon successful completion of the Florida Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Training Program and achieving a passing score on the State Officer Certification Examination, applicants will receive an increase to the base rate of pay.
  • Internal applicants must have received at least an “achieves” on all work plan expectations during the last two rating periods. The applicant may not have received a “below” rating on any work expectation.
  • Applicants must possess or, within 180 consecutive days after hire date, obtain Florida Criminal Justice standards.
  • Based on the needs of the department, FDLE may pay for the applicant’s Florida law enforcement certification course and examination.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who possess a bachelor’s degree or advanced degree.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are willing to relocate anywhere in the state.
  • Preference will be given to applicants fluent in a foreign language.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are experienced sworn law enforcement investigators.