What is a post certification

what is a post certification

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a certified officer in Idaho?

To become an Idaho certified patrol and/or detention officer there are several options that can be pursued and are detailed below.

Patrol Certification:

To obtain a patrol certification in the State of Idaho there are four avenues that can be pursued. For each of these avenues you would need to meet the minimum standards for employment as an officer in the state of Idaho. To review the minimum standards for employment you can click on "Admin Rules\POST Policies" on this webpage. Once the new page opens, click on 11.11.01. After the document opens, you need to review rules 050-064. You can also use the following link:

Challenge for Certification:

If you are currently a certified peace officer in another state, then you can challenge for certification in Idaho. In order to challenge for certification in Idaho you need to be hired by an Idaho law enforcement agency. Once hired by an agency you need to fill out an Idaho POST challenge packet that can be located on this webpage, under forms etc. challenge packets, Patrol, Adult Detention or by clicking on the following link:

Once the packet has been filled out and submitted to Idaho POST, you can then begin taking online courses that comprise Idaho's Law. These are courses specifically about Idaho laws and U.S. Constitution. After completing the courses you would contact an Idaho POST Regional Coordinator who would then administer the law exam. Once you have been notified that your packet has been accepted and is clear you can then contact a Regional Coordinator to schedule the remainder of your tests. You would need to complete and pass the Idaho POST firearms short course qualification and the Idaho POST Physical Readiness Test administered by a Regional Coordinator before you would be allowed to take the written challenge exam.

Hired by an agency:

Another way to obtain certification in Idaho is to be hired by an Idaho Law Enforcement Agency. Once hired by the agency, you will need to complete an Academy application packet and submit it to Idaho POST. You would need to perform and pass the Idaho Physical Readiness Test, in front of a representative from the agency in which you are employed, within six months of the starting date of the Academy you intend on attending. Once accepted into the Academy you would need to complete online courses prior to attending the Academy. In this option you would be hired by an agency and the agency would be sponsoring you to attend the Idaho POST Academy located in Meridian Idaho.

Self Sponsored:

For patrol certification only; you could pay to attend the Idaho POST Patrol Academy. In this option you would pay your own tuition to attend the 10 week Patrol Academy located at our facility in Meridian Idaho. This Academy is a "live-in" Academy. This means that from Sunday night through to the conclusion of classes on Friday you would stay on site sleeping in a dorm room provided by POST. A second option is the college Self-sponsored program offered by North Idaho College located in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho for a 13-week Patrol Academy that offers an “open campus” program operating Monday-Friday, in this option you would need to apply to attend the specific college and meet their acceptance requirements (see college contact info below for more information). For more details regarding the self sponsored program see the section on this webpage titled "Training Academy". If you place your mouse on the words " Training Academy" it will provide you with a drop-down list. From the drop-down lists let "Self Sponsored", or you can click on the following link:

Certified College Program:

You can also pursue Idaho certification by attending one of the three Idaho POST certified law enforcement programs taught at Idaho colleges. In this option you would need to apply to attend the specific college and meet their acceptance requirements. You need to submit a "College Academy Packet" that can be located on this website by clicking on "Forms Etc.". Once on the forms page click on the "College Academy Packet" link or you can click on the following link:

Prior to being fully accepted into the law enforcement program you would need to pass a criminal background check conducted by Idaho POST. During these programs, an Idaho POST Regional Training Coordinator will administer POST certification tests and examinations to you. If you pass all of the tests and examinations then you will be certifiable in the State of Idaho. To obtain full certification, you would need to be hired by an Idaho Law Enforcement agency within 3-years of program completion, successfully complete the Field Training Officer program, and successfully complete probation with the agency. The three currently certified College programs in Idaho are: Idaho State University, the College of Southern Idaho, and North Idaho College. For contact information click here.

County Detention Officer:

To obtain a detention certification in the State of Idaho there are three avenues that can be pursued. For each of these avenues you would need to meet the minimum standards for employment as an officer in the state of Idaho. To review the minimum standards for employment you can click on "Admin Rules\POST Policies" on this webpage. Once the new page opens, click on 11.11.01. After the document opens, you need to review rules 050-064. You can also use the following link:

Challenge for Certification:

If you are currently a certified detention officer in another state, then you can challenge for certification in Idaho. In order to challenge for certification in Idaho you need to be hired by an Idaho law enforcement agency. Once hired by an agency you need to fill out an Idaho

POST challenge packet that can be located on this webpage, under forms etc. challenge packets, Patrol, Adult Detention or by clicking on the following link:

Once the packet has been filled out and submitted to Idaho POST, you can then begin taking online courses that comprise Idaho's Law. These are courses specifically about Idaho laws and U.S. Constitution. After completing the courses you would contact an Idaho POST Regional Coordinator who would then administer the law exam. Once you have been notified that your packet has been accepted and is clear you can then contact a Regional Coordinator to schedule the remainder of your tests. You would need to complete and pass the Idaho POST firearms short course qualification and the Idaho POST Physical Readiness Test administered by a Regional Coordinator before you would be allowed to take the written challenge exam.

Hired by an agency:

Another way to obtain certification in Idaho is to be hired by an Idaho Law Enforcement Agency. Once hired by the agency, you will need to complete an Academy application packet and submit it to Idaho POST. You would need to perform and pass the Idaho Physical Readiness Test, in front of a representative from the agency in which you are employed with, within six months of the starting date of the Academy you intend on attending. Once accepted into the Academy you would need to complete online courses prior to attending the Academy. In this option you would be hired by an agency and the agency would be sponsoring you to attend the Idaho POST Academy located in Meridian Idaho.

Certified College Program:

You can also pursue Idaho certification by attending one of the two Idaho POST certified law enforcement programs taught at Idaho colleges. In this option you would need to apply to attend the specific college and meet their acceptance requirements. You need to submit a "college Academy Packet" which can be located on this website by clicking on "Forms Etc.". Once on the forms page click on the "Vo-Tech Academy Packet" link or you can click on the following link:

Prior to being fully accepted into the law enforcement program you would need to pass a criminal background check conducted by Idaho POST. During these programs, an Idaho POST Regional Training Coordinator will administer POST certification tests and examinations to you. If you pass all of the tests and examinations then you will be certifiable in the State of Idaho. To obtain full certification, you would need to be hired by an Idaho Law Enforcement agency within 3-years of program completion, successfully complete the Jail Training Officer program, and successfully complete probation with the agency. The two currently certified College programs in Idaho that teach the detention curriculum are: Idaho State University and the College of Southern Idaho. For contact information click here .

How to apply for a POST-issued retirement card

The process begins when the agency sends POST a notice of separation of the retirement date. NO retirements cards can be issued until POST is notified of the pending retirement, with the retirement date listed.

If there is a retirement party planned and POST has been given ample notice, the certification section can process and order the retirement card for presentation at the party. If the officer or agency wants the retirement card presented at the retirement party, you must supply POST with the date and location of the party so we can ensure that the card is ordered in time and we can plan to have a POST employee available to make the presentation.

If an agency does not send in the paperwork until after the officer retires or the retirement party has occurred, the retirement card will be mailed to the officer’s home address on file with POST.

PLEASE NOTE:

With a change in the law, the POST retirement cards no longer act as an officer’s permit to carry a concealed weapon. The credentials needed for a retired officer to carry a concealed weapon must come from the agency they are retiring from. If you have any questions regarding authorization to carry a concealed weapon as a retired officer, please refer to Idaho Code 18-3302H.

How do I request copies of POST-issued certificates?

If you request a copy of a POST-issued certificate, you will receive a copy of the scanned original certificate, not a replica of the original certificate. POST cannot re-create the original of a requested certificate. Please be advised that POST does not retain copies of all certificates issued for other POST-certified training.

This form is available for commissioned officers wishing to use the mailing address of their employer rather than their residential address as the officer’s official address. Blank applications can be found on the POST web site on the Forms, etc. page. The application is only for submission to public agencies, and not for private companies. The instructions at the top of the application are straightforward, but there are several things to keep in mind.

  • Retired officers are NOT eligible.
  • When listing other household members, please include last names, especially if they are different from the officer’s last name.
  • The completed applications should be signed by the agency head.
  • The applicant should keep the original, signed application.
  • The applicant should make copies of the original completed application and submit a copy to each public agency to whom the request is made. It is the applicant’s responsibility to do this.
  • Do NOT send the application to POST. Any forms received by POST will be sent back to the applicant.
  • An officer who has submitted an application pursuant to Idaho Code 19-5803 shall continue to provide his or her current Idaho residential street address to POST.

Source: www.post.idaho.gov

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