Advanced P.O.S.T. Certificate Requirements

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How to get your Advanced P.O.S.T. Certificate.

I have listed the requirements on how to qualify for an Advanced P.O.S.T. Certificate. In this post you will be able to get an idea of how close you are to qualifying or if you are qualified. I recommend that you do contact the training division to determine how many training points you have.

As for college credits units, if you have attended college you should have an idea of how many college units you have. The Basis Police Academy depending on which academy you attended, the college units can vary from 22 units to 28 units.

SFDSA Collective Bargaining Agreement states:  

Paragraph 151 https://www.scribd.com/doc/316119452/SFDSA-CBA-2014-2017

Professional Achievement POST Premium. Bargaining unit members who possess an intermediate POST certificate shall, upon presenting documentation to the Department, receive a premium of six (6.0%) percent of their base rate of pay.  

 Summary:

(8) Advanced Certificate Award Requirements

Applicants for the award of an Advanced Certificate shall:

(A) Satisfy the requirements specified in subsection 1011(a)(4).

(B) Possess or be eligible to possess the Intermediate Certificate.

(C) Satisfy one of the following eligibility combinations:

Degree or Education Units*   Law Enforcement Experience   Training Points
Master Degree and

4 years

plus

0

Bachelor Degree and

6 years

plus

0

Associate Degree and

9 years

plus

0

45 Education Units and

9 years

plus

45

30 Education Units and

12 years

plus

30

 
*Excess education units may be applied towards training points on a unit-for-point basis [refer to subsection 1011(a)(3)(D)].

Full Details:

Professional Certificates – Peace Officers

(1) Professional Certificates – Overview

POST Professional Certificates are awarded to peace officers who achieve increasingly higher levels of education, training, and experience in their pursuit of professional excellence.

(A) The Commission-awarded certificate is a “professional” certificate pursuant to Penal Code (PC) section 13510.1, and is distinct from a “certificate of completion” which is awarded by a training presenter when an individual successfully completes a course.

(B) Attainment of the POST Basic Certificate is required [refer to subsection 1011(a)(5)].

(C) Attainment of other professional certificates is voluntary.

(2) Certificate Categories and Levels

Professional certificates for full-time peace officers are awarded by category and level.

(A) Categories

There are three categories of certificates:

1. General Certificates

2. Specialized Certificates

3. Coroners Certificates

The certificate category is based on the basic training standard completed by the individual (i.e., completion of a Regular Basic Course constitutes “General Certificates,” completion of the Specialized Investigators’ Basic Course constitutes “Specialized Certificates,” and completion of both the PC 832 Course Arrest and Firearms and the Coroners’ Death Investigation Course constitutes “Coroner’s Certificates”).  For example, if the individual works for a specialized law enforcement agency and has completed a Regular Basic Course, as well as, the other required certificate award criteria, the individual is awarded a “General” category certificate.

(B) Levels

There are six certificate levels in each category (above):

1. Basic Certificate

2. Intermediate Certificate

3. Advanced Certificate

4. Supervisory Certificate

5. Management Certificate

6. Executive Certificate

(C) Reserve Peace Officer Certificates

Professional certificates for reserve peace officers are awarded in one category and one level. Requirements for the Reserve Peace Officer Certificate are specified in subsection 1011(a)(12).

(3) Certificate Terminology and Policy

Except as noted, the following terms and policies apply to all certificate categories and levels:

(A) College Degree or College Unit Criteria

Accreditation shall be by a national or regional accrediting body that is recognized by the Secretary of the United States Department of Education.  For the award of a certificate, all degrees or units:

1. Shall be Issued by and recorded on the transcript of an accredited community college, college, or university; or

2. When issued by a non-accredited community college, college, or university; the degree or units shall have been accepted and recorded on the transcript of an accredited community college, college, or university.

(B) Education Units

For purposes of certificate qualifications:

1. One college semester unit equals one education unit, or

2. One college quarter unit equals two-thirds of an education unit.

(C) Training Points

For purposes of certificate qualifications:

1. Twenty (20) hours of law enforcement training are equal to one training point.  Only completed courses with verifiable hours are accepted.

2. The Commission shall determine acceptable law enforcement training.

(D) Education Unit Conversions

When education units exceed the number needed to qualify for a certificate, the excess education units may be converted to training points to meet training unit requirements.  One education unit shall equal one training point.  POST will make the conversion when it is to the advantage of the applicant.

(E) Law Enforcement Experience

Law enforcement experience described in subsection 1010(a)(3)(E)1.  is accepted if it is recorded on the POST Profile in POST database.  POST may accept the experience described in subsection subsection 1010(a)(3)(E)2., 3., and 4. when the law enforcement experience is: 1) documented on the employing department’s/agency’s letterhead,  signed by the department head, 2) includes an attestation that the applicable requirements stated in experience categories subsection 1010(a)(3)(E)2., 3., or 4.  have been met, and 3) includes the type of appointment, time base, dates of service, and types of duties performed.

1. Full-time peace officer experience that is/was with a California POST- participating department.

2. Full-time peace officer experience with a California law enforcement department that is/was not a POST-participating department, and during the time of the appointment, the law required completion of the Regular Basic Course or Specialized Investigator’s Basic Course for the position held.

3. Full-time peace officer experience with an out-of-state law enforcement department that participates in its state’s “POST-type” program and the “POST-type” program awarded the individual a Basic Certificate or license.  The maximum credit allowed for this experience category is five years. “POST-type” means any department/agency that is a member of the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training.

4. Full-time law enforcement experience with a federal law enforcement agency and the individual satisfactorily completed a basic law enforcement academy presented by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) or the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) academy.  The maximum credit allowed for this experience category is five years.

(F) Multiple Certificates at Same Level

Peace officers who qualify may be awarded a certificate in more than one category and at the same level (e.g., a General Basic Certificate and a Specialized Basic Certificate).

(4) Certificate Award Requirements – All Levels

Each certificate applicant, except the applicant for a Reserve Peace Officer Certificate, shall satisfy the following requirements:

(A) Employment Requirement

At the time of application, an applicant shall be employed as a full-time peace officer by a POST-participating department.

Exception : When a POST Basic Certificate is required to continue to exercise peace officer powers pursuant to Penal Code section 832.4, employment with a participating department is not required at the time of application.

(B) Basic Course Training Requirement

When applying for any level of certificate, an applicant shall have satisfied the basic course training requirement, as specified in Regulation 1005, for the applicant’s current appointment.

(C) Requalification Requirement

1. Applicants for general or specialized category certificates must possess basic training that has not expired as specified in Regulation 1008(b), Basic Course Requalification Requirement.

2. Applicants for coroner’s category certificates must possess Penal Code 832, Arrest and Firearms training that has not expired, as specified in Regulation 1080, PC 832 Arrest and Firearms Course Requalification.

(D) Application Requirements

An applicant (or an applicant’s employing department) shall submit a completed Certificate Application,  POST 2-116 (Rev 06-2014), herein incorporated by reference, along with supporting documents as follows:

1. Documentation that supports the required education and experience (i.e., official transcripts, diplomas, certificates of course completion, and proof of law enforcement experience).

2. When the units of credit are transferred from one educational institution to another, supporting documentation from all educational institutions is required.

3. Supporting documents are not required if the education and/or experience information needed to support the current certificate request is already reflected on the applicant’s POST Profile.  Any education or experience that is not reflected on the POST Profile must be supported as described in subsection 1010(a)(D)1. and/or 2..

(5) Basic Certificate Possession Requirement

The Basic Certificate is required for:

(A) Specified Peace Officers

Pursuant to Penal Code section 832.4(b), every peace officer listed in Penal Code section 830.1(a) [except a sheriff, an elected marshal, or a custodial deputy appointed pursuant to Penal Code section 830.1(c)] shall obtain the POST Basic Certificate in order to continue to exercise peace officer powers.  PC 832.4 requires possession upon completion of probation, but in no case later than 24 months after appointment. However, if the department’s probation period is 24 months, an additional three months is authorized.

(B) Police Chiefs/Persons in Charge

Pursuant to Penal Code section 832.4(c)as a condition of continued employment, each police chief, or any other person in charge of a local law enforcement agency, who is appointed on or after January 1, 1999, shall possess the POST Basic Certificate within two years of appointment.

(C) Peace Officers Employed by a Participating Department

Every peace officer appointed by a department participating in the POST Program shall possess the appropriate Basic Certificate within the time limits described in subsection 1010(a)(5)(A), unless an exception in subsection 1010(a)(5)(D) pertains to the officer.

(D) Exception to Basic Certificate Requirement

There are three exceptions to the Basic Certificate possession requirements specified in subsection 1010(a)(5)(A)-(C):

1. Peace officers appointed prior to the employing department’s entry date into the POST Program and who are not required to possess a POST Basic Certificate pursuant to the requirements of Penal Code 832.4, and

2. Custodial peace officers appointed pursuant to Penal Code section 830.l(c) , and

3. Peace officers first appointed prior to January 1, 1974, and who have not changed departments since that date and who are not included in exceptions subsection 1010(a)(5)(D)1. or 2.

(6) Basic Certificate Award Requirements

Applicants for the award of a Basic Certificate shall:

(A) Satisfy the requirements specified in subsection 1011(a)(4).

(B) Complete the current employing department’s probationary period of not less than 12 months.

  1. Satisfy the minimum entry-level basic course training standard for the applicant’s current position [i.e., one of the following: 1) Regular Basic Course, 2) Specialized Investigator’s Basic Course, or 3) a PC 832 Course and Coroner’s Death Investigation Course].

(7) Intermediate Certificate Award Requirements

Applicants for the award of an Intermediate Certificate shall:

(A) Satisfy the requirements specified in subsection 1011(a)(4).

(B) Possess or be eligible to possess the Basic Certificate.

(C) Satisfy one of the following eligibility combinations:

 

Degree or Education Units*

 

Law Enforcement Experience

  Training Points
Bachelor Degree and

2 years

plus

0

Associate Degree and

4 years

plus

0

45 Education Units and

4 years

plus

45

30 Education Units and

6 years

plus

30

15 Education Units and

8 years

plus

15


*Excess education units may be applied towards training points on a unit-for-point basis [refer to 
subsection 1011(a)(3)(D)].

(8) Advanced Certificate Award Requirements

Applicants for the award of an Advanced Certificate shall:

(A) Satisfy the requirements specified in subsection 1011(a)(4).

(B) Possess or be eligible to possess the Intermediate Certificate.

(C) Satisfy one of the following eligibility combinations:

Degree or Education Units*  

Law Enforcement Experience

  Training Points
Master Degree and

4 years

plus

0

Bachelor Degree and

6 years

plus

0

Associate Degree and

9 years

plus

0

45 Education Units and

9 years

plus

45

30 Education Units and

12 years

plus

30

 
*Excess education units may be applied towards training points on a unit-for-point basis [refer to subsection 1011(a)(3)(D)].

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