Basic Certificate

Officers must have completed:

  • the discipline-specific Basic course at MLEA or a POST-approved equivalent
  • one full year of discipline-specific employment with the same agency

Intermediate Certificate

Officers must have:

  • served at least one year with the present employing agency and be satisfactorily performing the duties, attested to by the administrator of the employing law enforcement and/or public safety agency
  • the discipline-specific Basic certificate
  • fours years of discipline-specific experience and 200 job-related POST training hours

Advanced Certificate

Officers must have:

  • the discipline-specific Intermediate certificate
  • eight years of discipline-specific experience and 400 job-related POST training hours

Supervisory Certificate

A first-level supervisor is:

  • above the operational level for which commensurate pay is authorized
  • an officer who, in the chain of command, is principally responsible for the direct supervision of an agency’s employees, or may be assigned those supervisory responsibilities

To qualify for a certificate at this level, officers must:

  • possess the discipline-specific Intermediate certificate
  • have successfully completed a 32-hour, POST-approved management course
  • at the time of application, serve satisfactorily as a first-level supervisor and have served in that capacity for one year prior to the date of application, attested to by the administrator of the employing agency

Command Certificate

Officers must:

  • possess the discipline-specific Supervisory certificate
  • have completed a professional development course or courses, cumulating a minimum of 200 hours of POST-approved management or leadership courses
  • at the time of application, serve satisfactorily at the command or mid-management level and have served in that capacity for one year prior to the date of appointment, attested to by the administrator of the employing agency

Administrative Certificate

The administrative or management position is:

  • a senior-level administrator for whom commensurate pay is authorized
  • an individual who, in the chain of command, is responsible either for agency administration or has broad administrative authority, or may be assigned those responsibilities
  • typically a chief, assistant chief, sheriff, undersheriff, warden or deputy warden

To qualify for a certificate at this level, officers must:

  • have the discipline-specific Advanced and Command certificates
  • serve satisfactorily at the administrative or management level, and have served in that capacity with the same agency for at least one year prior to the date of application

Calculation of POST training hours

POST-Approved training can be obtained in two ways:

  • A trainer obtains preapproval of a training by filling out this form, providing the information required by law, and sending in a roster after the training.  You can view a list of preapproved courses on the POST Bulletin Board.
  • An officer receives POST credit after attending a training by filling out this form and providing the information requirement by law.

Inservice training is training that officers obtain within their agency, which is not open to all public safety agencies.  POST will not approve inservice training and place it on an officer’s POST training transcript.  However, an officer may submit an inservice training transcript and receive up to 15% of the hours needed for a certificate.

Military training is credited hour for hour with this form, a military transcript, and a written explanation of how the training relates to civilian law enforcement.  Military training may be used to obtain up to 25% of the hours needed for a certificate.

College education is credited for individual class work only. Credit is given according to this formula:

  • 10 hours for one semester credit hour
  • 6 hours for one quarter credit hour

Applicants must submit this form, a college transcript (official or unofficial), and a written explanation of how the higher education course relates to working as a public safety officer.  College credit may be used to obtain up to 25% of the hours needed for a certificate.

Example:
You must have a total of 200 or more POST training hours to be eligible for an Intermediate certificate. Since you may earn no more than 25% (50 hours) in college or military credit toward your certificate and 15% (30 hours) in inservice credit, you must have 120 hours in POST-approved training credit.

Training Type Actual Training Hours Allowed Hours
POST-Approved 115 115
Inservice 47 30
College/Military 134 50
Total 296 195

In this example, the officer can count only 195 hours of training toward an Intermediate certificate. To meet the 200-hour training qualification, the officer needs an additional 5 hours of POST-approved training credit..