School Resource Officer Certificate
The School Resource Officer Certificate Program is designed specifically for sworn law enforcement officers assigned as School Resource Officers, who desire to increase their training, experience, and credentials. The courses selected for the program recognize that an SRO is often required to perform traditional patrol responsibilities in addition to their school-related duties.
Program Requirements (Effective 4/2022)
The total requirement for the completion of the program is 400 class hours, as noted on the certificates.
|Required Core Courses (120 hours):|
|School Resource Officer Training||40|
|School Resource Officer Ethics (Web-based)||32|
|Advanced SRO Survival||24|
|Community Oriented Policing||24|
|Elective Course Options (280 hours needed):|
|Crime Prevention Specialist Part 1||16|
|Crime Prevention Specialist Part 2||24|
|Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design||32|
|Criminal Investigation: Interviews and Interrogations||40|
|Criminal Investigations through Traffic Law Enforcement||24|
|Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)||40|
|DARE Instructor Training||80|
|De-escalation Principals and Practice||16|
|General Criminal Investigations||40|
|K-9 Legal Issues||16|
|Mental Health First Aid||12|
|NC School Resource Officer’s Association Training Conference||32|
|Officer Safety/Readiness Training||40|
|Police Law Institute (NCJA sponsored and may be taken at any location)||76|
|Solo Active Shooter Response Conditioning||24|
|Solo Officer Rapid Deployment||16|
|T.R.R.U.T.H. – Taking Race Relations and Understanding to Heart||16|
|Use of Force Decision-Making||40|
|Youth Mental Health First Aid||8|
Hours of credit will be given as listed on course completion documentation. Final approval of courses and credit hours is at the discretion of the program coordinator. Accepted officers will be responsible for maintaining documentation of their own progress. Certificates and ongoing documentation other than the initial application will not be maintained on file at the NCJA until the officer has completed the program (NOTE: This is an important change from the previous SRO Program).
Program participants must submit with the training certificate proofs a first-person narrative, a maximum of one page, explaining how this training process has helped to advance their professional Law Enforcement career. Recommendations for the improvement of SRO or NCJA training, in general, are welcome and should be included. The program coordinator will be available on an individual basis if any participant needs clarification regarding this written project element.
- The program will accept up to 30% (120 hours) of courses not instructed or sponsored by the NCJA to fulfill the elective requirements. Accepted outside courses will be approved at the discretion of the program coordinator.
- All courses must be taken within 10 years of the completion of the program.
- Officers will be responsible for maintaining documentation of their progress in the certificate program. Certificates and ongoing documentation other than the initial application will not be maintained on file at the Academy until the officer has completed the program.
- Certificates will be issued quarterly.
Program Application Process
Applicants must be sworn members of a law enforcement agency within the State of North Carolina. Participants must hold at least a Basic Level Certificate in Law Enforcement from either the Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission or the Sheriffs’ Education and Training Commission. Applicants must be a current or former School Resource Officer.
Carlton Joyner, Program Coordinator
Direct: (910) 926-6032
Campus: (910) 525-4151