School Resource Officer Certificate

Program Description

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 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
Instructor Training 80
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
Verbal Judo 16
Youth Mental Health First Aid 8


  • 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.

Contact Us:

Scott Grantham, Program Coordinator
Direct: (910) 926-6022
Campus: (910) 525-4151


Program Application

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  • Agency Address
    Complete department mailing address including zip code.
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  • Experience

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    Agency Head or Designee endorsing student’s participation in the program.

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