BEA Criminal Justice



BEA 101 is a 20 hour criminal justice course approved by the CT State Department of Public Safety for those wishing to become licensed Bail Enforcement Agents in the State of Connecticut. The course covers a number of topics including the history of bail and bail enforcement, laws of arrest, the use of force, and state statutes governing bail enforcement agents. This course also includes both the OCAT O.C. ceritifcation and PATH handcuffing certification courses. Students who demonstrate proficiency in the use of O.C. and Handcuffing will receive 2 year certifications in those programs, while students unable to demonstrate proficiency will receive a certificate of attendance for those programs. During the course students will use real case files to practice and prepare to work ethically as a Bail Enforcement Agent in Connecticut.

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All courses at Connecticut Bail Academy are taught by a seasoned bail bond professional with years of industry experience. Let us share our real world experience with you as you begin your path into this fast paced field.

Bail Enforcement Agents are licensed and regulated by the Department of Public Safety in Connecticut. We recommend that students contact DPS to obtain an application packet prior to attending the class. DPS may be reached at (860) 685-8290 or online at

Disqualifying Offenses: Anyone who has been convicted of any of the following offenses is ineligible for a BEA license:

  • Any Felony Conviction
  • 21a-279: Possession of Narcotics
  • 53a-58: Criminally Negligent Homicide
  • 53a-61: Assault 3rd
  • 53a-61a: Assault of an elderly or disabled person
  • 53a-62: Threatening 2nd
  • 53a-63: Reckless endangerment 1st
  • 53a-96: Unlawful Restraint 2nd
  • 53a-173: Failure to Appear 2nd
  • 53a-175: Riot in the 1st
  • 53a-176: Riot in the 2nd
  • 53a-178: Inciting to Riot
  • 53a-181d: Stalking 2nd