Regular Basic Course

The Regular Basic Course (academy) is the entry-level training requirement for many California peace officers, as specified in POST Regulation 1005 (pdf). There are 39 POST-certified basic training academies in California. The course is offered in both the Standard and Modular Formats.

Course Formats

The Standard Format of the Regular Basic Course is delivered in a one-part instructional sequence with a minimum requirement of 664 hours. There are two presentation styles: Intensive and Extended. The Intensive Format is a full-time academy that typically meets Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The Extended Format is a part-time or weekend academy that meets evenings and weekends.

The Modular Format of the Regular Basic Course is designed as a reserve training program and is delivered in a three-part instructional sequence that coincides with the three California reserve peace officer levels. The minimum requirement is 730 hours, allowing necessary redundancy of instruction in critical skill areas due to the three-part sequence that can be taken over an extended period of time.

Curriculum

The Regular Basic Course curriculum is divided into 41 individual topics, called Learning Domains. The Learning Domains contain the minimum required foundational information for given subjects, which are detailed in the Training and Testing Specifications for Peace Officer Basic Courses. The training and testing specifications for a particular domain may also include information on required instructional activities and testing requirements.

Student Workbooks

Student workbooks are important sources of text-based information for the Regular Basic Course. These workbooks introduce each topic and contain self-assessment questions, chapter objectives, workbook learning activities, terminology and definitions. The Regular Basic Course Student Workbooks may be ordered online.

Student Preparedness


The Regular Basic Course prepares each student by providing hands-on experience, including weapons training, role-play scenarios, patrol procedures, emergency vehicle operations, and arrest and control techniques. The student must pass written, exercise, scenario, and physical abilities tests, to demonstrate readiness for entry into a department's standardized Field Training Program. Specific minimum training and testing requirements for the Regular Basic Course can be found in Commission Procedure D-1

Requalification Requirement

As specified in Commission Regulation 1008 (pdf), requalification of Regular Basic Course (RBC) training is required when:

* An individual does not become employed in a position that requires the RBC within three years of successful course completion, or
* An individual completes the RBC, and subsequently has a three-year-or-longer break in service from a position that requires the RBC.

To requalify, an individual must successfully complete the 136-hour POST Requalification Course.

PC 832 Arrest & Firearms Requalification

California Penal Code (PC) Section 832(e) requires individuals who previously completed a California PC 832 Arrest and Firearms Course to "requalify" prior to exercising peace officer powers if they:

1. Have not been employed as a California peace officer within three years of the course completion date, or
2. Have a three-year or longer break in service as a California peace officer.

EXEMPTIONS FROM REQUALIFICATION

An employer may grant a requalification exemption for an individual who establishes eligibility with the employer by:

* Returning to a law enforcement management position at the second level of supervision or higher, or
* Successfully requalifying for a POST Basic Course within the last three years, or
* Maintaining proficiency through teaching the PC 832 Course, or
* Continuous employment as a peace officer in another state or at the federal level during the break in service, or
* Previously meeting the PC 832 training requirement, being appointed as a peace officer under subdivision (c) of Penal Code Section 830.1, and being continuously employed as a custodial officer, as defined in PC 831 or 831.5, by the agency making the peace officer appointment since completing PC 832 training.

The employing agency shall retain, as a permanent record, all supporting documentation.

2 OPTIONS FOR REQUALIFICATION


An individual may requalify their training by:

1. Repeating and successfully completing the PC 832 Arrest and Firearms Course, or
2. Applying for and passing the requalification examination(s) at specified test centers in California.

The proficiency standard is the same for both options. The required examinations are:

* Arrest Written Test: Includes multiple-choice questions on laws of arrest and related topics.
* Arrest Methods Skills Test: Includes demonstration of 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.

COURSE PRESENTERS

Information on PC 832 Arrest and Firearms Course presenters can be found in POST's Catalog of Certified Courses. PC 832 Course presenters that are also Requalification Test Centers are:

Rio Hondo Regional Training Center
3600 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA 90608
Wayne Bailey
(562) 463-7721

San Bernardino County Sheriff's Regional Training Center
P.O. Box 1456
San Bernardino, CA 92402
Tom Federoff
(909) 473-2680

State Center Regional Training Facility
1101 East University Avenue
Fresno, CA 93741
Jim Edison
(559) 442-8277

REQUALIFICATION APPLICATION

To apply for the requalification examinations, the applicant must select a test center, and prepare and mail the items listed below to the test center.

* Examination Request: The applicant must submit a written request specifying which examination(s) they are applying for and include their:
* Full name
* Mailing address
* Daytime phone number
* Social security number to verify prior PC 832 training
* Proof of Prior PC 832 Course Completion: 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.
* Criminal History Clearance: An applicant for the firearms course or 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 testing center prior to being admitted to the Firearms examination. POST Bulletin 98-28 provides further information about obtaining a clearance.
* Examination Fee(s): Contact the PC 832 Requalification test centers for examination fee requirements. (Fees may vary by presenter.)

ELIGIBILITY FOR EXAMINATION

After prior PC 832 training has been verified, the test center will contact the applicant within 30 days to arrange an examination date. The applicant must complete the examination(s) within 90 days of the exam eligibility date.

Examination Results

The test center will provide the examination results to POST within ten working days of the examination date.

RETEST OPTIONS

If the individual fails the examination, one retest is allowed within 90 days of the initial exam. (Fees may be charged for retesting.) If the individual fails the retest, a POST-certified PC 832 Arrest and Firearms Course must be successfully completed prior to exercising peace officer powers.

PC 832 Arrest & Firearms Course

The PC 832 Arrest and Firearms Course (PC 832 Course) is the minimum training standard for California peace officers as specified in Commission Regulation 1005 (pdf). This training may be met by successful completion of a basic training course (e.g., Regular Basic Course, Specialized Investigators' Basic Course, and Level III Modular Format Course) or as a separate stand-alone certified course.

Curriculum


The Arrest and Firearms (PC 832) course consists of two components, which total a minimum of 64 hours. The Arrest component has a 40-hour requirement, and the Firearms component has a 24-hour requirement. These components are divided into 14 individual topics, called Learning Domains. The Learning Domains contain the minimum required foundational information for given subjects. The training and testing specifications for a particular domain may also include information on required instructional activities and testing requirements. The specific learning domains are identified in the PC 832 training specifications.

Tests

The Arrest component includes a 100-question, multiple-choice written examination and several skill examinations on Arrest and Control Techniques. The Firearms component includes a firearms range qualification examination. All tests are graded pass/fail, with one retest opportunity per examination. If a retest is failed, the corresponding component of the PC 832 Course must be repeated in its entirety.

Requalification Requirement (Three Year Rule)

As specified in Commission Regulation 1080 (pdf), requalification of PC 832 training is required before exercising peace officer powers when:

* An individual does not become employed as a peace officer within three years of successful completion of PC 832 training, or
* An individual, completes PC 832 training, and subsequently has a three-year-or-longer break in service as a peace officer.

To requalify, an individual must successfully complete PC 832 Arrest and Firearms Requalification.

Public Safety Dispatchers' Basic Course

The Public Safety Dispatchers' Basic Course is the entry-level training requirement for dispatchers employed by agencies participating in POST's public safety dispatcher program, as specified in Commission Regulation 1018 (pdf). Information on presenters of the POST-certified Public Safety Dispatchers' Basic Course can be found in POST's Catalog of Certified Courses.

The Public Safety Dispatchers' Basic Course has a minimum hourly requirement of 120 hours, which is divided into 14 individual topics, called Learning Domains. The Learning Domains contain the minimum required foundational information for given subjects, which are detailed in the publication Training Specifications for the Public Safety Dispatchers' Basic Course (pdf).

Student Preparedness

The Public Safety Dispatchers' Basic Course introduces the necessary skills and knowledge to work in a law enforcement communications center in a productive and professional manner. The course also prepares each student for the basic roles, responsibilities, and duties of a public safety dispatcher within the law enforcement agency. The minimum training requirements for the Public Safety Dispatchers' Basic Course can be found in Commission Procedure D-1 (pdf).

Public Safety Dispatchers' Basic Course Curriculum

Content and Minimum Hourly Requirements
Learning Domain     Domain Description     Minimum Hours
100     Professional Orientation and Ethics     8 hours
101     Criminal Justice System     4 hours
102     Introduction to Law     12 hours
103     Interpersonal Communication     4 hours
104     Telephone Technology and Procedures     12 hours
105     Missing Persons     4 hours
106     Domestic Violence     4 hours
107     Community Policing/Cultural Diversity/Hate Crimes/Gang Awareness     8 hours
108     Child, Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse     4 hours
109     Law Enforcement Telecommunications     8 hours
110     Radio Technology and Procedures     12 hours
111     Resources/Referral Services     2 hours
112     Critical Incidents     16 hours
113     Wellness Management     4 hours

Minimum Domain Hours     102 hours
Supporting Instructional/Activities - Excercises     18 hours
Total Minimum Required Hours     120 hours