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CHAPTER 464-6   INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION

464-6-.01 General Instructor/Specialized Instructor. Amended. For purposes of these Rules, there shall be two forms of certification by which an instructor may become certified to teach in a course approved by the Council:

(a) General Instructor Certification; and

(b) Specialized Instructor Certification.

464-6-.02 Instructor Certification. Amended. Any persons serving as a general/specialized instructor in a basic course or other course approved by Council must submit application for certification, in such form as the Council may require.

464-6-.03 General Instructor Certification. Amended. All instructors wishing to teach in a course approved by the Council must be certified as an instructor unless otherwise is specified in accordance with these rules.

464-6-.04 Competency Required for General Instructor Certification. Amended. To qualify for certification as an instructor under these Rules, an applicant shall demonstrate competency to teach.

(a) Competency shall be evaluated in terms of three abilities, as follows:

1. possession of requisite skills and knowledge;

2. organization of skills and knowledge in a written form suitable for teaching;

3. demonstration of effective presentation skills and knowledge in a classroom situation.

(b) Competency with respect to possession of requisite skills and knowledge is demonstrated when an applicant provides suitable evidence of a high school diploma, or its recognized equivalent, and direct experience.

(c) Competency with respect to organization of requisite skills and knowledge is demonstrated when an applicant provides suitable evidence of the following:

1. successful completion of the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training instructor course or its recognized equivalent; and

2. academy director authorization for certification.

(d) Competency with respect to classroom presentation of requisite skills and knowledge is demonstrated when an applicant provides suitable evidence of one of the following:

1. successful completion of the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training instructor course; or

2. successful completion of both written and performance examinations approved by the Council in which teaching presentation skills and knowledge are tested.

(e) Suitable evidence of applicant's competency in each of the three abilities (possession of requisite skills, organization of skills and demonstration of effective presentation) shall be reflected in an application form provided by the Council. No applicant shall be certified as an instructor in accordance with these Rules unless application is made in such form as the Council may establish.

464-6-.05 Specialized Instructor Certification. Amended. Any persons serving as an instructor in the following subjects must be certified in accordance with these Rules.

(a) Firearms.

(b) Defensive Tactics.

(c) Driver Training.

(d) Speed Detection.

(e) Hazardous Materials.

(f) Emergency Medical

464-6-.06 Competency Required For Specialized Instructor Certification. Amended. To qualify for certification as a specialized instructor under these Rules, an applicant shall demonstrate competency to teach.

(a) Competency shall be evaluated in terms of the following:

1. successful completion of the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council instructor training course or its recognized equivalent; and

2. successful completion of designated Council approved training in the subject of expertise.

(b) Suitable evidence of applicant competency shall be reflected in an application form provided by the Council.

464-6-.07 Instructor Application. Amended. No applicant shall be certified as a General or Specialized Instructor unless application is made in the form designated by Council and submitted through a POST certified academy director or a State departmental training officer.

464-6-.08 Guest Instructor Recognition. Amended. Guest Instructor Recognition. Because of the inherent nature of certain professions or particular skill levels achieved, certain individuals may be requested to instruct. Such persons shall be designated as guest instructors and shall be recognized by Council as such. Guest Instructor recognition shall be granted only by the written request of the academy director or a professional criminal justice association recognized by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council. No certified officer shall be recognized as a guest instructor.

464-6-.09 Repealed

464-6-.10 Decertification. Amended. The Council may withdraw or suspend the certification of any instructor when it is determined that an instructor has:

(a) Violated any portion of Georgia Code 35-8-7.1 (Authority of Council to refuse certificate to applicant or to discipline certified peace officer or exempt peace officer; grounds; restoration of certificate) ;

(b) exhibited gross or patterned physical or verbal abuse of students;

(c) consistently or grossly failed to meet the standards of student performance objectives in approved lesson plans;

(d) intentionally or negligently endangered the safety of students or other instructors.

(e) failed to comply with the Rules of an academy or Council approved association.

464-6-.11 Emergency Instructor Certification Suspension. The Chairman and Executive Director of the Council, if in agreement, may, in an emergency situation, temporarily suspend the certification of any instructor, pending a meeting of the full Council, when it is determined that a meeting of the full Council will not be held for at least thirty days and it is is determined, after notice and an opportunity to be heard, that an instructor has intentionally or negligently endangered the safety of students or other instructors. Said suspension shall be effective only until the next meeting of the full Council.

464-6-.12 Repealed.

464-6-.13 Senior/Master Instructor Trainer Requirements. P.O.S.T. certified instructors may become senior and master instructor trainers by teaching in the P.O.S.T. Instructor Training Course (ITC) .

(a) Requirements for Senior Instructor trainer certification are:

1. Submission of application by a General or Specialized Instructor, approved by academy director or recognized state training organization;

2. Observation of a Senior/Master Instructor Trainer by applicant of a block of instruction designated in application;

3. Supervision of applicant teaching the designated topic by a Senior/ Master Instructor Trainer;

4. Submission of application/evaluation to P.O.S.T. Training Standards Division.

(b) Requirements for achieving the Master Instructor Trainer Certificate are:

1. Senior Instructor Trainer certification;

2. Accumulation of twenty (20) instructional points obtained as follows:

(i) Ten (10) of the points by instructing in the ITC; one (1) point only per ITC:

(ii) Student lesson plan/presentation evaluation; one (1) point per ITC.

3. If an instructor teaches and evaluates in an ITC, he/she can only acquire one (1) point. An applicant may accumulate more than ten (10) of the twenty (20) points by teaching; however, the applicant may not claim more than ten (10) points earned from evaluations.

4. Submission of application for Master Instructor Trainer to P.O.S.T. Training Standards Division.

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