State Officer Certification Exam


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 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.

Please note that the ONLY official exam result is the electronic record stored in FDLE’s Automated Training Management System (ATMS). For this reason, FDLE cannot provide official score reports to candidates. All Florida criminal justice agencies have access to ATMS. If you would like a copy of your ATMS profile, you can request it here.

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.


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  1. Exam Registration/Scheduling and Candidate Handbook
  2. How to Become a Certified Officer in Florida
  3. Basic Abilities Test (BAT)
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Florida Administrative Code(s)
Provides 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.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement Priorities

FDLE is composed of five areas: Executive Direction and Business Support, Criminal Investigations and Forensic Science, Criminal Justice Information, Criminal Justice Professionalism and Florida Capitol Police. FDLE’s duties, responsibilities and procedures are mandated through Chapter 943, FS, and Chapter 11, FAC. To learn more about these areas, read our Statement of Agency Organization and Operation or visit our Open Government page.