Disclaimers: The student is responsible for additional fees/costs associated with the training as outlined below. Availability of the training is also contingent on sufficient enrollment. There is no guarantee the training will be offered. The student should be aware of the minimum requirements (as stated below) to obtain a security guard license and be responsible for meeting those basic requirements. Completing the training alone does not guarantee the student a license under New Jersey State law.
If there are any questions about the training, please email Maria Rivera, email@example.com or Edward Lynskey for additional questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Training
The Security Officer Registration Act (SORA) training is required for all security officer positions in New Jersey. The SORA training program includes 24 hours of classroom instruction by a New Jersey State Police SORA certified instructor. The training must be completed within 30 days.
The New Jersey minimum requirements for security officers are:
- must be 18 years of age,
- not have been convicted of any serious crime,
- pass a fingerprint-based background check,
- a citizen of the United States, have a resident alien card (a green card), or have a work authorization card.
Application and Fees
The student is responsible for additional fees/costs associated with the training as outlined below. Availability of the training is also contingent on sufficient enrollment. There is no guarantee the training will be offered.
How do I pay for the application?
Payment must be made using a debit card or credit card issued by Visa or MasterCard. If you do not have one, you can also use a Visa gift card. You must pay a non-refundable fee of $75.00 to complete the Security Officer application process.
How do I pay for the fingerprinting?
The cost is $66.05. After you complete your application and print the Sagem Morpho fingerprint form, you will need the information from this form to make your appointment with Sagem Morpho. You can make your fingerprint appointment online at www.bioapplicant.com/nj.
At the end of your application process, you will receive a verification page. At this time you are instructed to print out your 30 Day Temporary Certificate and Sagem Morpho Fingerprint Form. Below these two forms is a LINK to browse the Security Officer Instructor Registry. You can search by State, Instructor’s ID number, Instructor’s last name, or Zip Code. If you select New Jersey as the state, you are then permitted to search by county.
Note: During the first session, the instructor will review the additional fees (not included in the tuition), which need to be submitted by each applicant to the Division of State Police. The amount of the non-refundable application fee and the cost for fingerprinting are identified in the Security Officer Registration Act (SORA) FAQ. Students are responsible for the additional fees and costs required by the State.
Length of Training Course: 24 hours (completed within 30 days)
This training course introduces students to the fundamentals of security, with an emphasis on homeland security and public safety concerns. The training course also covers the security officer’s professional duties and responsibilities, ethical obligations, professional conduct, communication and report writing, incident and emergency response, and terrorism awareness. The course culminates in students taking the New Jersey Security Officer Registration Act (SORA) exam.
- No person can be issued a certificate or registration as a security officer if the person has been convicted of: a crime of the first, second, third, or fourth degree; any offense involving the unlawful use, possession, or sale of a controlled dangerous substance as defined in N.J.S.2C:35-2; or any offense where the registration of the individual would be contrary to the public interest, as determined by the Superintendent.
- Each applicant has to submit to the Superintendent the applicant’s fingerprints and written consent for a criminal history record background check to be performed. The Superintendent compares these to fingerprints on file with the State Bureau of Identification in the Division of State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, consistent with applicable State and federal laws, rules, and regulations.
- A Security Officer Certification is valid two years after the issued date. The certification must be renewed every two years. Security Officers must submit their renewal application and non-refundable $60.00 prior to the expiration of the current license. Security Officers are also required to complete an 8-hour refresher course provided by a certified Security Officer Instructor, prior to the expiration of their current certification. Security Officer Instructors shall upload the training results and photo prior to the expiration of the security officer certification.