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Section D - Training Procedures
Commission Procedure D-11

Basic Course Waiver Process


Purpose

11-1. Establishes Guidelines

This Commission procedure establishes the guidelines for determining whether or not an individual’s prior law enforcement training is sufficient for a waiver of attendance of a POST‑certified Regular Basic Course (RBC) or Specialized Investigators’ Basic Course (SIBC).  The prescribed course of training appropriate to the individual’s assignment is determined by the Commission and is specified in Regulations 1005(a) or 1007(a).  The requirements for the Regular Basic Course and Specialized Investigators’ Basic Course are specified in POST Administrative Manual (PAM) Section D-1.  A waiver of attendance of a POST-certified basic course is authorized by Regulation 1008.

A waiver of attendance of a POST‑certified Regular or Specialized Investigators’ Basic Course shall be determined through an assessment process, including testing and examination.  The assessment process assists an agency in determining whether or not an individual should be required to attend a POST‑certified Regular or Specialized Investigators’ Basic Course, and does not propose to determine whether or not the individual should be hired.

Evaluation and Test Fee

11-2. Fee

A fee to cover administrative costs of evaluation, initial test, and retest, if applicable, shall be charged by the Commission and/or training presenter.  The appropriate fee must accompany the request for initial test, examination, and retest.  The appropriate fee shall be determined by the Commission and/or training presenter and shall be based on actual expenditures related to this procedure.

The evaluation fee shall be exempted by the Commission for individuals who are hired by an agency prior to the date the agency enters the POST program.

Eligibility

11-3. Eligibility for Evaluation

An individual whose training and education meets the appropriate basic course (RBC or SIBC) minimum hourly requirement as specified in PAM Section D-1 and who has at least one year of successful general law enforcement experience for Regular Basic Course Waiver applicants, or at least one year of successful general or investigative law enforcement experience for Specialized Investigators’ Basic Course Waiver applicants is eligible for evaluation.

Evaluation of Training

11-4. Preliminary Evaluation of Completed Training

The individual must show satisfactory completion of the minimum required hours of the basic course in which he or she is applying for a waiver.  Prior training and education must meet the appropriate basic course (RBC or SIBC) minimum hourly requirements to be acceptable for evaluation.

(a) The Basic Course Waiver Application, POST 2-267, must be submitted with all supporting training, education, and experience documentation.

(b) The Basic Course Waiver Application, POST 2-267, is to be signed by the individual, and the department head when appropriate, in Section 2, Request for Evaluation.

(c) Each evaluation request must be accompanied by the evaluation fee in the form of a certified check or money order, payable to the Commission on POST.  Satisfaction of the following must be verified by supporting documentation prior to requesting an evaluation from POST.  Completed training must be supported by a certificate of completion or similar documentation; official transcripts are required to verify completed college and university courses.

(1) The Regular Basic Course (PAM Section D‑1‑3)

(A) The individual must have successfully completed at least 200 hours of training in one of the following: a basic general law enforcement training course certified or approved by California POST or a similar standards agency of another state; a California reserve course (Modules A, B, and C); or a federal agency general law enforcement basic course.  Additional law enforcement training or college and/or university courses in the related subjects may be considered to comprise the remainder of the required minimum hours.  Copies of peace officer academy course and reserve officer course outlines are acceptable to support the evaluation.  All training must be verified by a certificate of completion or a course roster.  When college courses are used to supplement training, a copy of the individual’s official college transcript must be submitted.  One semester unit shall be equal to a maximum of 20 training hours and one quarter unit shall be equal to a maximum of 14 training hours.

(B) Prior successful completion of the legislatively mandated topics required by the Regular Basic Course must be documented and submitted with the Basic Course Waiver Application, POST 2-267.

(C) Prior completion of at least one year of successful general law enforcement experience is required for Regular Basic Course Waiver applicants.  Written verification on agency letterhead from the department head, training manager, or personnel department for which the applicant was employed must be submitted with the Basic Course Waiver Application, POST form 2-267.

(2) The Specialized Investigators’ Basic Course (PAM Section D‑1‑4)

(A) The individual must have successfully completed the current minimum hours of specific training in basic investigative subjects in a California POST‑certified or approved training course, or a course certified or approved by a similar standards agency of another state, a California reserve course (Modules A, B, and C), or a federal agency, general or investigative enforcement basic course.  Additional law enforcement training or college and/or university courses in the related subjects may be considered to comprise the remainder of the required minimum hours.  Copies of peace officer academy course and reserve officer course outlines are acceptable to support the evaluation.  All training must be verified by a certificate of completion or a course roster.  When college courses are used to supplement training, a copy of the individual’s official college transcript must be submitted.  One semester unit shall be equal to a maximum of 20 training hours and one quarter unit shall be equal to a maximum of 14 training hours.

(B) Prior successful completion of the legislatively mandated topics required by the Specialized Investigators’ Basic Course must be documented and submitted with the Basic Course Waiver Application, POST 2-267.

(C) Prior completion of at least one year of successful general or investigative law enforcement experience is required for Specialized Investigators’ Basic Course Waiver applicants.  Written verification on agency letterhead from the department head, training manager, or personnel department for which the applicant was employed must be submitted with the Basic Course Waiver Application, POST 2-267.

11-5. POST Evaluation Process

Upon receipt of the completed Basic Course Waiver Application POST 2-267 (04/2011), all supporting documents and the appropriate fee, POST will evaluate the individual’s prior training, education and experience to verify comparable training. POST may require additional supporting documents to complete the evaluation.

Testing Process

11-6. Completion of the Basic Course Waiver (BCW) Testing Process:

The BCW testing consists of two components: comprehensive and exercise tests. Both components are graded pass/fail and must be successfully completed.

(a) The comprehensive component consists of a test designed to evaluate an individual’s knowledge of basic course content.

(b) The exercise component consists of tests designed to evaluate an individual’s manipulative skills as acquired in the basic course.  An individual must demonstrate competency in each required area.

(c) The BCW testing must be completed within 180 days of notification by POST of successful completion of the waiver evaluation process.

(d) The BCW testing process consists of either:

(1) Attending and successfully completing a POST-certified Requalification Course, or

(2) Arranging and successfully completing testing through a POST Testing Center.*

*Individuals who have a three year or longer break from the last date of service as a peace officer shall successfully complete a POST-certified Requalification Course in order to complete the BCW.

11-7. Test Scheduling

BCW testing will be scheduled based on the following:

(a) When the individual chooses to complete the BCW testing process through the Requalification Course, the dates and times will be determined by the Requalification Course presenter.  When the individual chooses to complete the BCW testing process through a POST Testing Center, arrangements must be made directly with the Testing Center.

(b) All fees are to be paid directly to the Requalification Course presenter or the POST Testing Center.

(c) An individual who chooses to complete the BCW testing process through the Requalification Course must successfully complete the entire course and may not later choose to complete the testing option.  If an individual does not successfully complete the Requalification Course, the individual will be excluded from the Basic Course Waiver process and required to successfully complete the appropriate POST-certified basic course (RBC or SIBC) before exercising peace officer powers.

An individual who chooses to complete the BCW testing process through the testing option must successfully complete all tests and may not later choose to complete the Requalification Course.  If an individual does not successfully complete the testing option, the individual will be excluded from the Basic Course Waiver process and required to successfully complete the appropriate POST-certified basic course (RBC or SIBC) before exercising peace officer powers.

Retesting Process

11-8. Retest

A retest date will be determined by the Requalification Course presenter or POST Testing Center no later than 180 days from the original test date.  The retest fee shall be submitted directly to the POST-certified Requalification Course presenter or POST Testing Center.  Failure to complete a needed retest within the 180 days will result in closure of the application process.  After that deadline, the individual shall be required to file a new application and shall be subject to the training standards, testing, and fee requirements in effect at the time of submission of the new application.

(a) The comprehensive retest shall be allowed one time only.  Arrangements for the comprehensive retest must be made directly with the same POST-certified Requalification Course presenter or POST Testing Center at which the initial comprehensive test was originally taken.  An individual who fails the comprehensive retest must, before exercising peace officer powers, successfully complete a POST‑certified basic course.

(b) Retest of one or more modules of the exercise component shall be allowed one time only.  Arrangements for the exercise retest must be made directly with the same POST-certified Requalification Course presenter or POST Testing Center in which the initial exercise test was originally taken.  An individual who does not pass the exercise retest must, before exercising peace officer powers, successfully complete a POST‑certified basic course.

Issuance of Waiver

11-9. Waiver of Attendance

Upon successful completion of the assessment process, a Waiver of Attendance of a POST‑certified basic course will be granted by POST.


Procedure D-11 was adopted and incorporated by reference into Commission Regulation 1008 on January 28, 1982, and amended on August 17, 1986, November 2, 1986, January 29, 1988, February 22, 1996, July 1, 1999, July 1, 2002, and September 21, 2005.

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