State Officer Certification Exam

Overview

All individuals seeking Florida certification as a law enforcement, correctional, or correctional probation officer must first pass the State Officer Certification Examination (SOCE).

Prior to taking the SOCE individuals must first complete a basic recruit training program at a Commission-certified training school. Former Florida-certified, out-of-state, Federal, or military police officers may request an exemption from basic recruit training and must complete this process prior to taking the SOCE.

Under the provisions of Florida Statute 943.1397 individuals have three attempts to pass the SOCE.

The SOCE is administered on demand by Pearson VUE at authorized test sites throughout Florida.

Eligible individuals may schedule their exams online at www.pearsonvue.com/fdle or via phone at (877) 242-1697.  The fee for taking the SOCE is $100.  Please note that additional fees may be assessed by the test sites; consult the list of authorized test sites for specific fees.

NOTICE - Should you elect to participate in any training described herein, please understand that you will be asked to provide your Social Security Number. The decision to provide your SSN is at your option, but failure to provide your SSN may result in a delay in processing your application or request. If you provide your SSN, FDLE will use it for purposes of identification, and may share the information with other agencies for the same purpose. FDLE's request for your SSN is authorized by state law because it is imperative for the performance of FDLE's duties and responsibilities pursuant to Section 119.071(5)(a)2.a.II, F.S.


 

Quick Links

 

  1. Exam Registration/Scheduling and Candidate Handbook   
  2. How to Become a Certified Officer in Florida
  3. Basic Abilities Test (BAT)
  4. Contact Us

 

PRE-EXAM INFORMATION

 

Applicants with Disabilities / Special Accommodations Manual (.pdf)

Becoming an officer in Florida

Exam Eligibility

Exam Registration

Exam Sites

Exam Content

Field Testing

Sample Exam Questions

 

FOLLOWING THE EXAM

Exam Review & Challenge Process

Name / Address Changes

Veterans Entitled To Education Benefits

Exam Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

 

OTHER TOPICS & RESOURCES

 

Basic Abilities Test & Providers

Exam Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Exam Item Development

Equivalency of Training (for Out of State Officers)

Mandatory Retraining Requirements

Academy Resources

Variance and Waiver Information



 

CJSTC FORMS FOR THE EXAM

 

CJSTC-502 Application for Individuals Requesting Special Testing Accommodations

CJSTC-510 State Officer Certification Examination Grade Review Request

CJSTC-511 State Officer Certification Examination Review



 

FLORIDA ADMINISTRATIVE CODE(S)

This link will take you to the Florida Administrative Code in its entirety at the Department of State web site.

 

 

STATUTORY AUTHORITIES - FLORIDA STATUTES CHAPTER 943

Provides the statutory authority for the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, and the certification and regulation of criminal justice officers in the State of Florida.