State Officer Certification Exam

Exam Content and Preparation

Question Development

To ensure validity, the exam questions:
  • are taken directly from the basic recruit training curriculum.
  • are written by FDLE members and external Subject Matter Experts.
  • are reviewed by Subject Matter Experts prior to inclusion on an exam.
  • are field tested until the item performs appropriately.
  • will not contain an “all of the above / none of the above” answer option.
Topic Areas for Each Discipline

(Basic Recruit Classes begun on or after April 1, 2008 or EOT Canditates)
 CJK 0007  Introduction to Law Enforcement  CJK 0031 CMS First Aid for Criminal Justice Officers
 CJK 0008  Legal  CJK 0040 CMS Criminal Justice Firearms
 CJK 0011   Human Issues  CJK 0051 CMS Criminal Justice Defensive Tactics
 CJK 0017   Communications  CJK 0300
Introduction to Corrections
 CJK 0020   CMS Law Enforcement Vehicle Operations  CJK 0305 Communications
 CJK 0031   CMS First Aid for Criminal Justice Officers  CJK 0310 Officer Safety
 CJK 0040   CMS Criminal Justice Firearms  CJK 0315
Facility and Equipment
 CJK 0551
 CMS Criminal Justice Defensive Tactics  CJK 0320 Intake and Release
 CJK 0061   Patrol I  CJK 0325 Supervising in a Correctional Facility
 CJK 0062  Patrol II  CJK 0330 Supervising Special Populations
 CJK 0071   Criminal Investigations  CJK 0335
Responding to Incidents and Emergencies
 CJK 0076   Crime Scene Investigations
 CJK 0081  Traffic Stops
CJK 0083 DUI Traffic Stops
 CJK 0086   Traffic Crash Investigations
 CJK 0422   Dart-Firing Stun Gun

CJK 0031 CMS First Aid for Criminal Justice Officers CJK 0031 CMS First Aid for Criminal Justice Officers
CJK 0040 CMS Criminal Justice Firearms CJK 0051 CMS Criminal Justice Defensive Tactics
CJK 0051 CMS Criminal Justice Defensive Tactics CJK 0255 CMS CPO Firearms
CJK 0480
Emergency Preparedness CJK 0271 Florida CPO Legal
CJK 0101
Interpersonal Skills II CJK 0272 Florida CPO Interpersonal Communications Skills
CJK 0102
Correctional Operations CJK 0273 Florida CPO Caseload Management
CJK 0270
Legal I CJK 0274 Florida CPO Supervision
CJK 0285
Legal II CJK 0275 Florida CPO Investigations
CJK 0286
Criminal Justice Communications CJK 0276 Florida CPO Management information Systems
CJK 0100
Interpersonal Skills I    

Field Testing

All examinations contain experimental or “field” test questions. Field test questions expand and improve the bank of questions from which future examinations will be developed. This is a common practice used by national and state examination programs and is a critical step in ensuring the continued validity of the examinations.

Field test questions will NOT be counted when computing the test score. The time allowed for testing has been evaluated to ensure that there is adequate time for completing test questions and field test questions during the allotted examination time.

 Discipline  Graded
 Field Test
 Total # of
 Correct #
to Pass
 Law Enforcement - Florida CMS 190 10 200 152
Corrections - Florida CMS 190 10  200  152
 Corrections 190 10 200 152
 Correctional Probation - FCPO  200  40  240  164

Examination Questions (Samples Only)

The following questions are generic and are provided only as examples of question format.

No items on the exams utilize "True/False", "All of the Above/None of the Above", or multiple correct answers.

General Format for All Exams

Which of the following is the most apparent sign of exposure to cutaneous anthrax?

A. allergic reaction
B. mental impairment
C. repeated vomiting
D. skin infection  

Which of the following statements, regarding liability issues, is accurate?

A. If it is proven at trial that an officer committed a tort or civil rights violation as part of his/her duties, the employing agency will likely be liable for damages, either through direst liability, and/or through vicarious liability.
B. Commonly, actions taken which will cause direct liability include negligent hiring of a problem employee, negligent assignment of duties to a person who does not have the ability to perform them, or negligent retention of a problem employee, but does not include failure to train an employee.
C. Sovereign Immunity laws provide some of the most important protections for governmental agencies. These laws include lists of circumstances and requirements that must be met in order for an agency to be sued, but do not cover employees.
D. Employing agencies of any full-time law enforcement officers are required to pay the legal costs, including attorney’s fees, for any officers charged with civil or criminal actions if they occur during the performance of official duties.  

In accordance with Florida Statutes, which situation describes when any person may be entitled to the restoration of all rights of citizenship enjoyed prior to a felony conviction?

A. Conditional pardon has been received from the court
B. Final release has been granted by the Department of Corrections
C. Full pardon is received from the Board of Pardons
D. Portion of two-thirds of the sentence imposed has been served  

Which of the following are examples of legal documents requiring editing and proofreading?

A. certified probation orders
B. court handling slips
C. institutional work orders
D. treatment referrals

Fatigue, loss of appetite, fever, cough, weight loss, weakness and spitting up blood, are symptoms most often associated with:

B. Hepatitis
C. Tuberculosis
D. type C virus

Anaphylactic shock may be caused by:

A. acute allergic reaction
B. diabetic coma
C. epileptic seizure
D. heart fibrillation

Additional Question Formats for Law Enforcement-Florida CMS and Florida Correctional Probation Exams

The following questions are generic and are provided only as examples of question format.

Matching Questions

For each question, select one of the answer choices (A-D).  Each answer choice may be matched to one or more questions, or not at all.

Constitutional Amendments  - Match each question (1-6) with the appropriate answer (A-D). Each answer choice may be used more than once or not at all.


 Questions  Answer choices
 1. Probable cause required for searches.  A. 4th Amendment
 2. Once acquitted, an individual may not be retried for the same offense.  B. 5th Amendment
 3. A defendant must be allowed to cross-examine witnesses.  C. 6th Amendment
 4. In light of the offense, bail may not be set excessively high.  D. 8th Amendment
 5. Defendants have the right to be represented by counsel.  
 6. Individuals may not be punished without due process of law.  

Item Sets


Offender Earl is under supervision for eight years and has completed two years when he is diagnosed with a terminal illness. His doctors have estimated that he has two years to live. Offender Earl has already paid in full for his supervision costs. After a few months of treatment he is too weak to leave his home and is forced to quit his job. This situation leaves him short on money even with government disability pay.

10. Which statement, regarding the OFOA, is accurate?
      A. Since supervision costs have been paid in full Earl will be pardoned from the remainder of his supervisory period.
      B. The document will need to be revised because Earl is now receiving money from the government.
      C. After supervision costs are paid in full the costs cannot be recalculated for a refund.
      D. Financial information is a separate entity from health issues, therefore there would be no action taken in this situation.

11. Offender Earl may seek a transfer of supervision to be closer to his family. Which factor should be most influential in his supervising officer’s decision?
      A. Whether Offender Earl’s family is able to care for him.
      B. Offender Earl has more than 90 days of supervision pending.
      C. The orders of Offender Earl’s primary physician.
      D. Offender Earl’s age.

12. Offender Earl may seek early termination of supervision. For which reason can this request be granted?

      A. Offender Earl’s terminal disease.
      B. Offender Earl has fulfilled monetary conditions.
      C. Offender Earl has served more than 90 days of supervision.
      D. Offender Earl has means of support.