Federal Law Enforcement is undoubtedly one of the most intensive jobs to train for and fulfill in both physical and mental capacities. Training for any job in the this field can be pursued by following in one of two directions. There is the category of general federal enforcement training courses or there are those courses which involve a more specialized agency-based training program.
General federal law courses typically begin at any college or university with various disciplines when it comes to majors and specific courses. Criminal justice is just one of the degree programs you can pursue on your way to more specialized training in law. Taking courses at a college or university for about 2 to 3 years will then enable you to be more prepared to move on and take more specific federal courses at a law enforcement training center. Admissions to such federal law enforcement courses require that 2 to 3 years post secondary education as a prerequisite to their more specialized programs.
In addition to the general courses, there are the specialized agency-based specific courses. These types of courses are typically governed by whichever federal agency you are hoping to work for in the future. Agencies such as the FBI, ATF and so forth are those where admissions involve a sum of previous college courses, placement tests, experience and personal interviews. In these cases, many possible candidates typically complete at least 2 years of law enforcement training at the college or university level before even applying to attend federal law enforcement courses.
Whether you take the general route or the more agency-specific route when taking courses, it is apparent that the best way to be really prepared is to pursue college level courses first for 2 to 3 years, getting to know the field and what it is going to take to go forth from there.
Once you are into whichever courses you wish to pursue, dedication and a real desire to serve and protect are imperative in motivating students to excel in such intensive, focused programs.