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Officer Certification

The primary function of the Certification Division is to ensure compliance, by agencies and peace officers, of qualifications and training requirements enumerated in the P.O.S.T. Act and to bring action against those agencies and officers in noncompliance. Other major responsibilities include:

  • Processing of peace officer applications for certification and registration
  • Issuance of basic certification certificates
  • RADAR and Speed Timing device certifications
  • Field technical assistance
  • Processing of specialty certification for Field Training Officers, Arson Investigators, Chaplains, Identification Technicians, Communications Officers, and Jail Officers
  • General and Specialty Instructor Certifications
  • Out-of-State course equivalency ratings for approval/disapproval
  • Technical assistance to ten regional police academies
  • Processing and evaluating new course recognition requests

Certification of Peace Officers

All employees of any agency that are granted the full rights and powers under the definition of a peace officer as defined by the P.O.S.T. Act must be certified by P.O.S.T.

Peace officer applicants must complete ALL pre-employment requirements before employment. Once the pre-employment requirements are met, a POSTFORM 2 is issued.

  • Basic Certifications issued by the Council include:
  • Basic Law Enforcement
  • G.B.I. Investigator
  • Sheriff
  • Communications Officer
  • G.B.I. Narcotics Agent
  • Correctional Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Parole Officer
  • Registered (Grandfathered)
  • Forensic Scientist (G.B.I.)
  • Juvenile Correctional Officer

P.O.S.T. Council also issues Specialty Certifications to officers and other agency staff. Specialty certifications issued by P.O.S.T. include:

  • Field Training Officer
  • Identification Technician
  • Chaplain
  • Departmental Training Officer
  • Jailor
  • Instructors
  • Career Development Certifications
  • Arson Investigator
  • Senior Deputy

Each Specialty Certification has established certification and training requirements that must be met. Some Specialty Certifications have recertification requirements that must be completed to maintain certification in that area.

Peace Officer Records

  • P.O.S.T.'s Certification and Training Division maintains the following records on the P.O.S.T. computer system:
  • Personnel history
  • Training Records
  • Employment History
  • Officer Certifications
  • Officer Registrations
  • Revocations
  • Suspensions
  • Terminations
  • Training Courses
  • Agencies
  • Chief Executives
  • Advanced Certification Records
  • Sheriffs', Wardens' and Chiefs' Current Training Histories
  • Other Miscellaneous Records



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