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Regulation 1052. Requirements for Course Certification

(a) Instructor-Led Training

Each instructor-led training (Web-based, classroom, or other) course certification request shall be evaluated in accordance with the following factors:

(1) Need and Justification for Course

(2) Course Content

(3) Hours of Instruction

(4) Qualification of Instructors, Coordinators, and/or Academy Staff (Reference Regulations 1070 and 1071 for minimum training standards)

(5) Potential Clientele and Volume of Trainees

(6) Physical Facilities Appropriate for the Training

(7) Methods of Course Presentation

(8) Availability of Staff to Administer the Course

(9) Course Evaluation Processes

(10) Cost of Course

(11) Instructor/Trainee Ratios

(12) Provisions for Student Safety

(b) Self-Paced Training (e.g., CD-ROM or Web-based training)

Each self-paced training course certification request shall be evaluated in accordance with the following factors:

(1) Need and Justification for Course

(2) Course Content

(3) Proposed Continuing Professional Training Hours

(4) Estimated Completion Time for a Course

(5) Estimated Completion Times for Individual Learning Activities and Evaluations

(6) Qualification of Course Developers (Reference Regulations 1070 and 1071 for minimum training standards)

(7) Potential Clientele and Volume of Trainees

(8) Course Objectives

(9) Learning Activities that Support the Course Objectives

(10) Evaluation Activities that Determine if the Course Objectives Were Met

(c) In addition to the criteria specified in Regulation 1052(a) or (b), each request for certification of a Regular Basic Course presented by an academy [as defined in PAM Section D-1-3(a)(6)] or a Modular Format presenter that is not an academy, shall be evaluated in accordance with the following criteria:

(1) Each academy shall designate an academy director whose qualifications, based upon education, experience, and training shall include a demonstrated ability to manage an academy.

(A) Academy management responsibilities shall include:

1. Integrating and sequencing instruction;

2. Managing instructional methods, testing, and remediation;

3. Hiring, assigning, and evaluating performance of the instructor(s), coordinator(s), training officer(s), and staff;

4. Coordinating, budgeting, and controlling academy resources; and

5. Maintaining academy discipline.

(2) Each academy shall designate an academy coordinator whose qualifications, based upon knowledge, experience, and training, shall include a demonstrated ability to coordinate the instruction and management of the Regular Basic Course instructional system.

(A) Regular Basic Course instructional system coordination responsibilities shall include:

1. Developing sequenced instructional schedules;

2. Overseeing and evaluating instructional, technological, testing, and remediation methods;

3. Participating in the hiring process of instructor(s), training officer(s) and staff, and making recommendations for their selection and assignment; and evaluating instructor(s') and training officer(s') performance; and

4. Delivering course curriculum in accordance with the Training and Testing Specifications.

(3) Each Modular Format presenter, that is not an academy, shall designate a coordinator whose qualifications, based upon knowledge, experience, and training, shall include a demonstrated ability to coordinate the instruction and management of the Regular Basic Course instructional system.

(A) Regular Basic Course instructional system coordination responsibilities shall include:

1. Developing sequenced instructional schedules;

2. Overseeing and evaluating instructional, technological, testing, and remediation methods;

3. Participating in the hiring process of instructor(s), training officer(s) and staff, and making recommendations for their selection and assignment;

4. Evaluating instructor(s') and training officer(s') performance;

5. Approving student enrollment based on verification of completion of course prerequisites; and

6. Delivering course curriculum in accordance with the Training and Testing Specifications.

(4) Each academy shall be supervised at all times by an academy director or coordinator when instruction is being conducted.

(5) Each Modular Format course shall be supervised at all times by a coordinator when instruction is being conducted.

(6) Each Modular Format presenter, that is not an academy, shall comply with the minimum training standards for coordinators as prescribed in Regulation 1071.

(7) Each academy shall designate recruit training officers whose qualifications, based upon knowledge, experience, and training, shall include a demonstrated ability to supervise trainees attending a Regular Basic Course – Standard Format, Module I or the Specialized Investigator’s Basic Course.

(A) Recruit training officer responsibilities shall include:

1. Monitoring that instruction meets state legislative mandates and Commission regulations and procedures;

2. Providing day-to-day first line supervision of trainees;

3. Supporting, motivating, evaluating, and advising trainees;

4. Performing Operational risk management and enforcing the student safety policy; and

5. Ensuring compliance with all local, state, and federal laws and administrative procedures associated with the educational and workplace environment.

(8) Each academy shall designate a scenario manager.

(A) Scenario Manager responsibilities shall include:

1. Performing role player and evaluator selection, training and scheduling;

2. Supervising scenario demonstration and testing;

3. Providing scenario briefings, logistics, and protocols;

4. Ensuring the security of scenario test events and documents; and

5. Designating the safety officer(s).

(9) Each academy shall designate scenario evaluators.

(A) Scenario evaluator’s responsibilities shall include:

1. Performing scenario scene management;

2. Ensuring security of scenario test events and documents;

3. Ensuring scene safety; and

4. Evaluating and documenting trainee performance.

(10) Each college academy shall institute an advisory committee of law enforcement officials to assist in providing logistical support and validation of the training.

(11) Each academy shall comply with the minimum training standards for directors, coordinators, recruit training officers, scenario managers, and scenario evaluators as prescribed in Regulation 1071.

(12) Each academy shall comply with the Test-Use and Security Agreement as defined in Section D-1-3(a)(9).

(13) Each academy shall establish and comply with the Test Administration and Security Policy, as specified in the POST Basic Courses Test Management and Security Protocols 2016.

(d) Only those courses for which there is an identifiable and unmet need shall be certified.

(e) Courses for which POST has established minimum curriculum and/or hourly requirements must comply with those requirements at the time of the certification request and any subsequent presentations. (See Regulation 1081, 1082 and any training specifications referenced in PAM Section D-1, which have been incorporated into regulation by reference.)  An exception would be a course pilot presentation that is determined to meet newly adopted or amended curriculum and hourly requirements, in which case, retroactive POST certification and presentation approval may be granted.  In addition to meeting the curriculum and hourly requirements, a pilot presentation must meet the requirements set forth in Regulations 1052-1057.  Any trainee who has successfully completed a retroactively POST-certified pilot presentation shall receive credit for the training (thus satisfying the training mandate) even though the training occurred prior to the adoption of training mandate or required curriculum/hours.

(f) Training presented in conjunction with association meetings or conferences may be certified subject to the requirements set forth in Regulations 1051-1058, along with the following conditions:

(1) Training shall not be certified as POST reimbursable.

(2) Training presented by an association or in conjunction with an association meeting or conference shall not be certified if attendance is restricted to association members.

(g) The Commission shall only endorse or co-sponsor courses, seminars, or conferences when POST has assisted in planning the event, developing the subject matter or program, and selecting instructors or speakers.

(h) No course shall be certified which restricts attendance to a single agency, unless the purpose of the course is to improve that agency and attendance by non-agency personnel would jeopardize the success of the course.

(i) The presenter of a POST-certified course shall review all audio-visual training materials prior to use as a training resource.  The review of audio-visual training material shall emphasize the avoidance of materials that depict situations, tactics, and procedures that could lead a trainee to take inappropriate actions on the job.  The review shall also include careful examination of depictions of law enforcement work to assure consistency with existing law and accepted practices.  (For reference see "POST Guidelines for Reviewing Audio-Visual Training Materials".)

(1) For the purposes of this regulation, "audio-visual training materials" are defined as audio tapes, CD-ROM discs, computer animations, digitized audio and video files, DVD discs, films, slides, videotapes, and other similar media.  Classroom hand-out materials are not included.

(2) Regulation 1052(h) shall be effective July 14, 1993, and shall apply to all audio-visual training materials being considered for use in POST-certified courses commencing after that date.  The regulation shall apply to materials previously used by the course presenters only as they are considered for re-use in POST-certified courses.

(3) Audio-visual materials cataloged on the "POST-Approved Media List", maintained by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, need not be subjected to the review process described in this section.

(4) Publicly available broadcast material pertinent to current training topics need not be subjected to the review process described in this section.


The document POST Basic Course Test Management and Security Protocols 2016 adopted effective January 1, 2009, and amended May 3, 2012, October 1, 2014, and April 1, 2016, is herein incorporated by reference.

 

(Revised 4/01/2016)

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