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State Officer Certification Examination (SOCE)

Individuals seeking Florida certification as a law enforcement, correctional, or correctional probation officer must first pass the State Officer Certification Examination (SOCE). For details, please visit the Florida Department of Law Enforcement website.

Retest Procedure:

SOCE test takers will have to wait 24 hours to retake their test and it is based on the availability of the Testing Center.

Retake Rules
Basic recruits have four years from their academy start date to take their exam. Recruits are authorized to take the exam upon graduating. The authorization is good for 3 administrations (initial exam + 2 retakes). A candidate can retake an exam whenever he or she wishes within their four year examination eligibility period. There is no "buffer" period between one exam administration attempt and another, but candidates who fail the exam are encouraged to carefully prepare for the exam before they reschedule their next attempt.

EOT (Equivalency of Training) candidates have one year from their determination date to pass their exam. Authorizations for EOT candidates are good for three (3) exam administrations (initial exam + 2 retakes). An EOT candidate can retake an exam whenever he or she wishes within their one year examination eligibility period. There is no "buffer" period between one exam administration attempt and another, but candidates who fail the exam are encouraged to carefully prepare for their exam before they reschedule their next attempt.

No candidates can take the exam more than three times during their eligibility period. Basic recruits must complete their full academy training before being authorized for a new round of exam eligibility. A new authorization from FDLE will provide the candidate with three more exam attempts.

For equivalency candidates, should the one-year window of eligibility pass and additional attempts are available, the candidate may complete another EOT evaluation to obtain another one-year test window. However, the number of eligibilities will *not* reset.

SOCE Schedule:

Note: All appointments must be done directly with Pearson VUE. Please visit or call (877) 242-1697 to determine the schedule of the test site most convenient to you.

Kendall Testing By appointment T, R 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
F 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
North Testing By appointment M, T, W, R 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
F 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Wolfson Testing By appointment M, T, W, R 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
F 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Note: Examinees must be checked-in and seated by the time scheduled in order to begin the test. Examinees will then have adequate time to finish the test in a reasonable period or within the Hours of Operation.


Auxiliary Aids and Modifications

Auxiliary Aids and Modifications:

Under certain circumstances, arrangements for auxiliary aids and modifications are permissible. The College makes every reasonable effort to ensure equal access to educational opportunities and experiences for candidates with documented disabilities. These services can include:

  • Sign language interpreters
  • Adaptive or assistive technology
  • Note takers
  • and more

An ACCESS representative can help eligible candidates identify and arrange for accommodations that ensure success.

Instructions for Auxiliary Aids and Modifications:

  1. Candidate presents documentation to ACCESS department.
  2. ACCESS department intakes documentation.
  3. Accommodations are determined.
  4. ACCESS department informs Testing Center about candidate's accommodations.
  5. Candidate contacts Testing Center to schedule the test with accommodations.
  6. Testing Center plans for accommodated testing needs.
  7. Candidate tests.


     PAY▼ FEE▼
SOCE Affiliated and unaffiliated examinees. To view FDLE posted fees, visit the Pearson VUE  Authorized Test Centers web page. MDC NO FEE
Publisher Fee varies
Note: Testing fees are subject to change.
MDC testing fees are non-refundable/non-transferable. Examinees must pick up a payment form at the Testing Center and submit it to the Bursar’s Office prior to taking an MDC fee related test. The testing fee payment can be made with cash, money order, or credit/debit card. Make sure to save the receipt for proof of payment.

MDC administers the test at:

Kendall Testing
11011 SW 104 Street
Building R, 5th Floor
Miami, FL 33176
Kendall Map
(305) 237-2341
(305) 237-0679
North Testing
11380 NW 27 Avenue 
Room 1160
Miami, FL 33167
North Map
(305) 237-1015
(305) 237-1889
Wolfson Testing
300 NE 2 Avenue
Room 3104
Miami, FL 33132
Wolfson Map
(305) 237-3011
(305) 237-7622

Miami Dade College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees.
Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Miami Dade College.
Miami Dade College is an equal access/equal opportunity institution which does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, marital status, age, religion, national origin,
disability, veteran’s status, ethnicity, pregnancy, sexual orientation or genetic information. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the
Office of Equal Opportunity Programs/ADA Coordinator/Title IX Coordinator, at 305.237.2577.