Commission on POST

Module III Requalification

POST Administrative Manual Regulation 1008(c) requires individuals who previously completed a Module III Course to “requalify” prior to exercising peace officer powers if they:

  1. Have not been employed as a Level III Reserve Officer within three years of the course completion date

  2. Have a three year or longer break in-service as a California Level III Reserve Officer.

Two Options for Requalification

Commission Regulation 1008(c) Requalification Requirement for the Regular Basic Course – Modular Format, Module III

(1)Three-Year Requalification Requirement: Requalification is required for any individual who seeks appointment or reappointment to a position for which Module III of the Regular Basic Course – Modular Format is required as the minimum training standard [reference Regulation section 1007(a)(3)(A)] when the individual:

(A) Has previously served in a California Level III reserve peace officer position and has:

1. Successfully completed a POST-certified Module III*, but subsequently has a three-year or longer break from the last date of service.


(B) Has NOT previously served in a California Level III reserve peace officer position and has:

1. Successfully completed a POST-certified Module III*, but subsequently has a three-year-or-longer break from the last date of successful completion of Module III.

* Prior successful completion of the Two-Part Level III Module or the single component Level III Module meets the requirements of Module III.

(2) Requalification Methods: When requalification is required, as determined above, it must be achieved before an individual may exercise peace officer powers. Upon successful requalification the individual is eligible, for up to three years, to be appointed or reappointed as a California Level III reserve peace officer. The provisions and means for requalification are as follows:

(A) Repeating and successfully completing Module III or

(B) Demonstrating continued mastery of Module III training material by passing the POST-Constructed Comprehensive Module III End-of-Course Proficiency Test, the PC 832 Course Arrest Methods Skills Test and the PC 832 Firearms Skills Test. This can be accomplished through the completion of the Module III Requalification Examination Process [for eligibility refer to [1008(c)(3)].


The examinations below are administered in the course and at the test centers.

End of Course Written Test: POST-Constructed Comprehensive Module III End-of-Course Proficiency Test (LDs 2, 3, 5, 15, 16, 19, 20, 31, 36 and 39)

Arrest Methods Skills Test: Includes defensive foot movements, takedown tactics, control holds, and handcuffing.

Firearms Skills Test: Includes shooting a course of fire, weapon familiarization, safe weapon handling and cleaning, and good marksmanship principles. Applicants for the Module III Course or Examination are required to obtain a Criminal History Clearance.


Test Center Address Contact
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Regional Training Center 18901 Institution Road
San Bernardino, CA 92407
Benjamin Henry
(909) 473-3685
South Bay Regional Public Safety Training 3095 Yerba Buena Road
San Jose, CA 95135
Gregg Giusiana
(408) 270-6458

State Center Regional Training Facility

Yuba College



1101 East University Avenue
Fresno, CA 93741

2088 N. Beale Road, Bldg. 2100
Marysville, CA 95901

Jim Edison
(559) 442-8277

Brian Vizzusi
(530) 749- 3879


Select a test center, prepare and mail all of the items listed below:

Test Request

Submit a written request specifying which examination(s) and include your:

  • Full name
  • Mailing address
  • Daytime phone number
  • POST ID Number – to verify prior Module III training

Module Course Proof

The applicant will provide the Testing Center with a POST Profile. A POST Profile is a computer database record that provides the history of an individual's California law enforcement employment, POST professional certificates, and POST-certified training. This FAQ section provides information on how to obtain your POST Profile.

Test Fee

Contact the Module Requalification Test Centers for examination fee requirements. (Fees may vary by presenter.)

Criminal History Clearance

An applicant for the firearms skills examination who is not sponsored by a local or other law enforcement agency, or is not a peace officer employed by a state or local agency, department or district shall be required to submit a written criminal history clearance from the Department of Justice to the test center prior to being admitted to the Firearms examination. POST Bulletin 98-28 provides further information.


When prior Module III training is verified, the applicant will be contacted by the test center within 30 days to arrange a testing date. The applicant must complete the examination(s) within 90 days of the exam eligibility date.


If an examination is failed, one retest is allowed within 90 days of the initial exam. (Fees may be charged for retesting.) If a retest is failed, a POST-certified Module III Course must be successfully completed prior to exercising peace officer powers.


If an examination is passed, the test center will send verification of successful completion to POST within ten working days of the examination date.


An individual must be appointed as a peace officer within three years of the requalifying date.


Contact the Basic Training Bureau at (916) 227-4254.