P.O.S.T. Updates

PC 832 Training Requalification Requirements

(For persons with prior PC 832 training)

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:

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

Exemption From Requalifying

Employees may grant a requalifying exemption for an individual who establishes eligibility with the employer by satisfying one of the following:

  • Is returning to law enforcement management position at the second level of supervision or higher,
  • Has successfully requalified for a POST Basic Course within the last three years,
  • Has maintained proficiency through teaching the PC 832 Course.
  • Was continuously employed as a peace officer in another state or at the federal level during the break in service.

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

Two Options for Requalifying

Requalifying can be accomplished by completing either the PC 832 Arrest and Firearms Course or a separate requalification test at specified test centers in California. The proficiency standard is the same for both options. The three required tests are described on page 2.

NOTE: An applicant for the Firearms portion of the Course or Test who is not sponsored by, or employed as a peace officer by a local or state agency, department or district must submit a written criminal history clearance from the Department of justice to the training or testing presenter. POST Bulletin 98-28, attached, provides further information.

Firearms requalifying is not required if an employing agency prohibits the use of firearms.

PC 832 Arrest and Firearms Course

The 64-hours minimum course consists of two modules: arrest and firearms. POST-certified presenters appear on the attached list.

PC 832 Requalification Test

To arrange the separate test, see the instructions and contact one of the test centers shown in the next section. Test fees are $200 for the Arrest section and $150 for the Firearms section, or $350 for both tests.

Requalification is Valid for Three Years

An individual must be appointed as a peace officer within three years of the requalifying date.

For Information

For additional information, call the Basic Training Bureau at (916) 227-4254, send a FAX inquiry to (916) 227-3895, or write to ccary-f@post.ca.gov on the Internet.

Test Content

The tests below are administered in the course and in the separate test:

Arrest Course

  • Written Examination: multiple-choice questions on laws of arrest and related topics.
  • Practical Examination: defense foot movements, a takedown tactic, control hold, hand-cuffing.

Firearms Course

  • Skills Examination: shoot a course of fire, weapon familiarization, safe weapon handling and cleaning, and good marksmanship principles.

Available Test Centers

Martinez Adult School
600 F Street
Martinez, CA 94553-3298
Jenny Roetser (925) 228-3276, ext. 232

Rio Hondo Regional Training Center
3500 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA 90608
George Kimber (562) 908-3406, ext. 3764

San Bernardino County Sheriff's
Regional Training Center

P.O. Box 1456
San Bernardino, CA 92402
Cpl. Schuler (909) 880-2632

State Center Regional Training Facility
1101 East University Avenue
Fresno, CA 92741
Andy Crider (559) 442-8277

To Apply

Select a test center, and prepare and mail all of the items listed below.

Test Request

Written request for a separate test which includes applicant's:

  • Full name. - Daytime phone number.
  • Mailing address. - Social security number to verify prior PC 832 training.

NOTE: All requests to rest for the firearms component from applicants who are not sponsored by a local or other law enforcement agency, or who are not peace officers employed by a state or local agency, department or district, shall include a completed criminal history clearance in compliance with PC 13510 prior to admission to firearms testing.

PC 832 Course Proof

Copy of prior PC 832 course completion certificate or other verifiable documentation showing prior successful completion of a PC 832 course. This documentation shall include the individual's name, the name of the presenter where the training was completed, and the ending date of the training.

Test Fee

Certified check/money order for $350, payable to the test center.

Test Eligibility

When prior PC 832 training is verified, the applicant will be contacted by the test center within 30 days to arrange a test date. The applicant must complete the tests within 90 days of the exam eligibility date.

Retest Options

If the test(s) is failed, one retest is allowed within 90 days of the first test. Fees are the same as for the first test. If a retest is failed, a POST certified PC 832 Arrest and Firearms Course must be completed prior to exercising peace officer powers.

Passed Test Results

If the test's is passed, the test center will send verification of successful completion within ten working days of the examination date.

December 15, 1998

Bulletin 98-28

Subject: Mandatory Criminal History Clearance For Admission to Post-Certified P.C. 832 Arrest & Firearms Course

Senate Bill 1142 (Rainey) was signed by the Governor and becomes effective January 1, 1999. This bill amends Penal Code Section 13511.5 and makes changes specifying that the training referred to in this provision of law includes the carrying and use of firearms. The amended law requires a written Department of Justice criminal history clearance for the firearms component of the P.C. 832 Arrest and Firearms Course.

Penal Code Section 13511.5 requires that each applicant for admission to a basic course of training certified by the Commission (including the P.C. 832 course) that includes the carrying and use of firearms, and 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 written certification from the Department of justice that the applicant has no criminal history background which would disqualify him or her, from owning, possessing, or having under his or her control a firearm.

The amended law affects any non-sponsored trainee seeking admission to the firearms component of the P.C. 832 course. Before being admitted to the 24-hour firearms training course, a non-sponsored trainee must submit a written criminal history clearance from the Department of Justice to the training presenter. A copy of the Department of justice procedure is attached.

POST recommends that presenters list this prerequisite requirement in their course announcements and catalogues. It is the training presenters' responsibility to check and maintain a criminal history clearance letter on any trainee who is admitted to a basic course or the firearms portion of the P.C. 832 course.

Questions about the changes outlined in the amendments to Penal Code Section 13511.5 should be directed to the POST Basic Training Bureau at (916) 227-4252.

Kenneth J. OBrien
Executive Director

California Department of Justice, Firearms Program Certification for Basic Courses of Training Certified by POST

Section 13511.5 of the California Penal code (PC) requires each student seeking admission to a basic course of training certified by the Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) 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, to submit written certification from the California Department of justice that he or she has no criminal history background which would disqualify him or her, pursuant to Section 12021 PC, 12021.1 or 8100 WIC, from owning, possessing, or having under his or her control any pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed on the person.

Following are instructions for students who are required to apply for the written certification from the Department of justice pursuant to 13511.5 P.C.

  • Each student must complete an application fingerprint card. Use only the special stamped DOJ Form BID-7, CERTIFICATION FOR P.O.S.T. TRAINING which will be provided by the training institution. The training institution may offer fingerprinting services; otherwise, such services are typically available through the local law enforcement agency. if the training institution requires an FBI clearance two sets of special BID-7 application fingerprint cards must be completed.
  • Fingerprints must be properly rolled on the application fingerprint card(s). Complete the personal descriptive data for the student on the front and back of each card, including signature of the student.
  • The time required to check the Department of Justice file and prepare the certification may take up to thirty to sixty days.
  • The DOJ certification will be mailed directly tot he student, therefore, the student's complete mailing address must be entered in the appropriate box on the back of the fingerprint card(s).
  • Processing fees for the DOJ clearance will be $46.00 and an additional $24.00 if an FBI clearance is also required by the academy. to order the POST stamped fingerprint cards call: (916) 227-3749.
  • Mail the completed fingerprint card(s) along with the required processing fees to:

Department of Justice
Bureau of Criminal Identification
P.O. Box 903417
Sacramento, CA 94203-4170

Important Notice

Individuals who completed a Regular Basic Course or the Regular Basic Course Waiver process on or after July 1, 1999 but who never served in a position for which a Regular Basic Course is required with an agency in the POST program, may requalify by completing the POST Requalification Course one time within six years from the date of Basic course completion. After sis years, those individuals must complete the Regular Basic course to requalify.

This change, Regulation 1008(b)(2), was approved by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training at its January 21, 1999 meeting.

Inquiries may be directed to Chris Carey-Flores, Basic Training Bureau, at (916) 227-4254.

November 10, 1999

Bulletin 99-13

Subject: Level I and II Reserve Officer Lateral Transfer Provision Amendments to Commission Procedure H-3

On October 28, 1999, the Commission approved amendments to Commission Procedure H-3. the amendments are a direct result of Governor Davis signing Senate Bill 359 (Knight) on July 13, 1999 which permits reserve officers who have previously satisfied specific training requirements and have been serving as a Level I or Level II reserve peace officer in one law enforcement agency to remain qualified as to POST minimum reserve training requirements, if the reserve officer accepts a new appointment at the same level in another law enforcement agency (lateral transfer).

Pursuant to provisions of the Administrative Procedures Act, the Commission invites input on this matter. Written comments relative to the proposed action must be received at POST no later than 4:30 p.m. on January 3, 2000. The proposed amendments will become effective 30 days after approval by the Office of Administrative Law.

No public hearing is scheduled. Pursuant to Government Code Section 11346.8, any interested persons or duly authorized representative may request in writing, no later than January 3, 1000, that a public hearing be held.

The attached Notice of Proposed Regulatory Action provides details concerning the proposed regulation changes for public comment. Inquiries concerning the proposed action may be directed to Leah Cherry, Staff Services Analyst, 1601 Alhambra Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95816-7083, or by telephone at (916) 227-3891.

Kenneth J. O'Brien
Executive Director

Notice of Proposed Regulatory Action to Amend Commission Procedure H-3

Notice is hereby given that the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), pursuant to the authority vested by Sections 13503 of the Penal Code (powers of the Commission on POST) and Section 13506 (Authority for Commission on POST to adopt regulations), and in order to interpret, implement and make specific Sections 13510 (authority for the Commission on POST to adopt and amend rules establishing minimum standards for California local law enforcement officers) and 13510.5 of the Penal Code (authority for the Commission on POST to adopt and amend standards for certain other designated California peace officers), proposes to adopt, amend or repeal regulations in Chapter 2 of Title 11 of the California code of Regulations.

Informative Digest

Effective July 13, 1999 Governor Davis signed into law Senate Bill 359 (Knight) that amended Penal Code Section 832.6 providing a lateral transfer provision for current Level I and Level II reserve peace officers. It has long been the practice of the Commission to view transfers of reserve peace officers from one agency to another as a new appointment. Since a new appointment required the reserve peace officer to meet any new training requirements that may have been established since their original appointment, transfers between law enforcement agencies were very uncommon.

Senate Bill 359 (Knight) allows reserve peace officers who have been serving as a Level I or Level II reserve peace officer to transfer to the same level at another law enforcement agency without having to meet any new training requirements that may have been established since their original appointment. The individual interested in a lateral transfer must be appointed to the same level in order to be exempt from the current training requirements.

This bill exempts current Level I and Level II reserve peace officers from the current minimum training requirements only. Selection requirements (e.g., background, medical, psychological) must still be met prior to appointment with the new agency.

This bill also does not provide for any break in service between law enforcement agencies. If a current Level I or Level II reserve peace officer whishes to transfer between agencies, he/she must be appointed by the new agency before resigning from their previous assignment. If a break in service occurs, the individual will be responsible for meeting the current minimum training requirements as required by Regulation 1007(b).

September 20, 1999

Bulletin 99-10

Subject: Changes to Penal Code Section 832.6 Relating to Level I & Level II Reserve Officers

Effective July 13, 1999 Governor Davis signed into law Senate Bill 359 (Knight) that amended Penal code Section 832.6 This bill provides exemptions for Level I and Level II reserve officer training requirements.

Penal Code Section 832.6(a)(5) was added to permit reserve officers who have previously satisfied specific training requirements and have been serving as a Level I or II reserve officer in one law enforcement agency to remain qualified as to POST minimum reserve training requirements, if the reserve officer accepts a new appointment at the same level in another law enforcement agency (lateral transfer). Selection requirements (e.g., background, medical, psychological) must be met prior to all appointments.

There is no provision for any break in service between law enforcement agencies. Therefore, Level I and II reserve peace officers who have a break in service will be required to meet the POST minimum training requirements as required by Regulation 1007(b).

POST regulations and procedures will be amended to reflect these changes in the Penal Code. They will be presented to the Commission at its next meeting for review and action.

If you have any questions, please contact the Basic Training Bureau at (916) 227-4252 or your area consultant in the Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau at (916) 227-4862.

Kenneth J. O'Brien
Executive Director

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