Frequently Asked Questions
Below you will find answers to common questions as well as instructions on how to get started.
Q. When do I have to renew?
All SORA security personnel can renew up to 90 days PRIOR to their expiration date. Renewing early will NOT affect or change your 2 year term. You must renew BEFORE your expiration date.
Q. What happens if I am expired?
If you failed to register and complete the recertification process before your expiration date you must complete the original process over again. To see the original 3 step SORA training / SORA certification process click here http://njguardtraining.com/frequently-asked-questions.html
Q. How do I renew?
To renew, you must log into your NJ State Police account https://eapps.njsp.org/applicant/logon.do
Click on "Renewal Applicant" > "My Applications" > "Security Officer" > "Submit Renewal"
YOU MUST HAVE YOUR CREDIT CARD ON HAND BEFORE YOU START THIS PROCESS. (For your protection, the website will log you out if you take too long on any page)
Q. How much does it cost?
The cost is $83.55 to renew with the NJSP, PLUS the cost of the one day mandatory recertification class.
Q. Why does it cost more to renew then my initial registration?
With your original process the registration with the NJSP and the fingerprinting were two separate steps. With the renewal there is no need to get your fingerprints re-done, there for the processing of your background check and the renewal fee are blended together and therefore less then the original process of $75 + $70.25.
Q. Do I have to go through training again?
Yes, you must obtain a one day refresher course by a NJSP certified instructor PRIOR to your expiration date.
Q. What do I have to bring to the class?
All students must bring their original SORA ID card, a government issued PHOTO ID, and a print out from the NJSP website which includes their renewal ID number.
Advanced Security Officer Training FAQ
Q. DO I HAVE TO HAVE A SORA LICENSE IN ORDER TO TAKE THE ADVANCED CLASS?
Yes you have to have your SORA license. If you do not have one, we can conduct the training for that. Visit our home page and in frequently asked questions click the SORA Training tab for full information on the process.
Q. WILL THIS TRAINING HELP ME IN MY SECURITY CAREER?
The advanced class was developed to give security officers a tremendous advantage and greater knowledge of the security industry, which leads to advancement.
Q- DOES ANY OTHER SORA TRAINING COMPANY OFFER THIS ADVANCED TRAINING?
NO. This advanced training program was developed by our own management team with years of experience in both the security and law enforcement field.
Q. WHY DOES NJ GUARD TRAINING ACADEMY OFFER THIS PROGRAM AND NO ONE ELSE DOES?
We can not speak for other companies, but, NJ Guard Training Academy is dedicated to the security officer and the security industry. We want to give the knowledge to the security officer’s so that they may advance their careers in a quicker manner.
Q. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE SORA TRAINING AND THE ADVANCED TRAINING?
In the SORA training, you are given the basic knowledge of how to be a security officer. If you never worked in security, you have some of the basics of how to do the job. But, after the SORA class and after taking the Advanced security officer training course, you now have a greater knowledge of the duties and responsibilities of a security officer and will be able to perform your duties in a more efficient manner.
Q. WHAT SUBJECTS ARE IN THE ADVANCED COURSE THAT ARE NOT COVERED IN THE SORA TRAINING CLASS?
We cover in depth the following subjects that are part of a security officers duties:
- Asset Protection
- Public Relations
- Report Writing
- Patrol Techniques
- Crime Prevention
- Fire & Life Safety
- Criminal & Civil Liability
- Ethics & Professional conduct
- Emergency Situations
Q. WHEN I COMPLETE THE ADVANCED SECURITY OFFICER TRAINING COURSE, WHAT DO I RECEIVE.
We provide you with a certificate indicating that you have completed the Advanced security officer training course.
Q. HOW LONG IS THE ADVANCE SECURITY OFFICER TRAINING COURSE?
The course is 6 days. Three days one week and three days the next week. Each class is 4 hours long for a total of 24 hours. We offer the class in both mornings and afternoons to accommodate security officers work schedule.
THE ARMED SECURITY OFFICER CERTIFICATION DOES NOT AUTHORIZE THE CARD HOLDER TO CARRY A FIREARM!!!
Armed SORA is a 3 step process:
First: A core function of the SORA process is the completion of a SORA Training class. It is strongly suggested that you identify a training class FIRST. Please visit and register for a SORA certification class by (clicking here for find a SORA class). To attend this class you need two forms of government-issued ID (one with a photo), a copy of your 30-Day Temporary Certificate (next step) and your payment. We do not accept personal checks. Once you register for this class you will be sent a confirmation email. Please make sure that you receive this email. If you do not, call our office at 201-473-7045. On the week of the training class, you will be sent reminder emails. It is at this point we suggest that you complete the next two steps. This is designed for you to maximize.
Second: It is MANDATORY to register with the NJ State Police. You may register at https://eapps.njsp.org/applicant/logon.do. Ensure that you select “Armed Security Officer” Certification. You will not be able to attend class if you do not register with the NJ State Police. When you complete your registration with the NJ State Police you must print out two forms; the MorphoTrak Fingerprint Form and the 30-Day Temporary Certificate. You need two copies of the 30-Day Temporary Certificate, one copy for your records and bring one copy on the day of class.
NOTE: If you checked off for us to register you with the NJ State Police, all you have to do is fill out the form we emailed to you and bring that and 2 forms of ID to class. We will then register you with the NJ State Police and email you your 30-Day Temporary Certificate and fingerprint form. You will then be responsible to set up and pay for your own fingerprint appointment.
If you asked us to register you with the NJ State Police and fingerprints, the same applies, fill out the form and bring that with your 2 ID’s to class and we will do the state police and fingerprint appointment for you.
In both situations, you are to do nothing else. Do NOT register with the state police, you have asked us and paid for us to do it for you. If you have any questions or concerns call our office at 201-473-7045.
Third: Complete a fingerprint scan at a MorphoTrak. We recommend that you enroll via their website at
https://www.bioapplicant.com/nj/Default.aspx it is also listed on the form. YOU DO NOT NEED TO HAVE YOUR FINGERPRINTS DONE TO ATTEND THE CLASS, however it is STRONGLY recommended that you make an appointment as soon as possible. It often takes at least 2-3 weeks to get an appointment. Calling them and providing your information via phone leaves the possibility of a communication error. You MUST show up on time with either a valid driver’s license or government-issued ID card. These are the ONLY forms of ID they accept and your paperwork. If you do not show up on time, you may be turned away.
Q. How long is does the Armed SORA license last?
Q. What if I am certified as unarmed, how do I update my license status?
If your SORA license expires prior to August 31, 2017, you will apply for an initial certification under the Armed Security Officer Certification status and follow the 3 step rule. If you license expires after August 31, 2017, you must complete the initial 3 step process under the “Armed Security Officer” status. ARMED SECURITY OFFICERS MUST BE COMPLIANT WITH THE LAW BY AUGUST 31, 2017
Q. Once I am certified as an Armed Security Officer, can I carry and work as an Armed Guard?
No. The process of your firearm’s carry permit and your SORA Armed Security Officer status are two different processes. The suggested path for an unarmed security officer to transition to armed would generally be the following. Identify an employer who utilizes armed guards. Once you gain employment with that company, the company will provide a letter of need for your application to the NJ State Police. After obtaining your permit to carry you must update your SORA status to reflect your position as “Armed Security Officer”
Q. Who does this law apply to?
The Santiago Law applies to ALL armed security personnel in NJ. This includes, contract security companies, in-house / proprietary employees, armored car guards, and retired law enforcement working armed security details.
Q. Is there any other requirements in the Santiago Law that differ from the original SORA law?
Yes, the Santiago Law requires any armed security officer to be easily identified with patches indicating “Security” on their outer most garment. Additionally, the law requires a level 3 holster for your sidearm.
Q. Does NJ Guard have programs to aide me with the permit process?
Yes, NJ Guard Training offers the “NRA Basic Pistol Safety Program”, Armed Guard Training, and the skills qualifier for your permit to purchase and continuing education needs. Additionally we offer guidance to all NJ Guard students with the various levels of the firearms application process.
Q. Do I need to be keep both security officer and armed officer SORA certifications current?
No, the armed security officer certification will supersede the regular security officer certification.
Q. If I have a Retired Police Officer (RPO) permit to carry a firearm and work as an armed security guard do I need to be licensed under SORA?
Yes, unless you work for a State, County, Local Government, Commission, School Board, etc. All exemptions in SORA still apply. See SORA Act 45:19A-2b(3).
Q. Is there any increase in the fees for armed security officer?
No, the fees have not changed.
Q. Is there a separate SORA instruction for armed certification?
No, the SORA curriculum remains the same.
CPR / First Aid FAQ
Q. Which CPR/First Aid course should a "Security Officer" take?
It is recommended that Security Officers take an American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Provider Training Course because the AHA program offers hands on training. This is why NJ Guard Training Academy offers this program.
Q. Does the AHA BLS Course include First Aid?
Yes, that is what makes this training course so beneficial; NJ Guard Training Academy also includes the Heartsaver First Aid Course, certifying you in both disciplines.
Q. Why should I get CPR / First Aid Certified?
As a security officer, you will be the first responder to emergency situations. As a properly trained individual you will be able to provide lifesaving skills in the most critical moments. Additionally, statics show, nearly 1/3 CPR trained professionals use their skills at some point in their life, often to save a family member. Finally, the additional certification sets you a part on your resume.
Q. Did the Guidelines for CPR change?
Yes, in October, 2015 the American Heart Association issued new guidelines for the performance of CPR and AED, requiring all new students and renewal students to take the 2015 updated guidelines course until October of 2017.
Q. How do I sign up for a CPR/Basic First Aid Class?
Go to www.NJGuardTraining.com and click on additional training on the tab next to frequently asked questions. Then click on the CPR Training tab. Upon reading about the benefits of taking our CPR/First Aid class, you're ready then to click on the "Register Now" button. Classes will be scheduled upon reaching the adequate student quota.
Q. What should I wear to class?
Our CPR and First Aid course involves hands on practice sessions, so wear something comfortable that you can move around in. If you have long hair, it is best to wear it back.
Q. How do I get my Course Completion Card and how long are they good for?
You can expect to receive your course completion cards from the AHA within 20 days of successful completion of the course. Your CPR card is good for 2 years and your First Aid card is good for 3 years.