POST FAQ PAGE
- Academy information
- POST written certification exam
- A Police Deparment job posting states I must be POST certified before applying, what does that mean?
- Where are forms located?
- What is a PID Card and why is everyone asking for my PID?
- I want to do a training class but am a non-sworn employee. Can I get a PID number so my training can be tracked?
- Are there online academies?
- I was convicted of a crime, is that going to preclude me from being certified?
- I need to change my phone# or address
- A Police Deparment job posting states I must be POST certified before applying, what does that mean?
- What types of Colorado certification are there?
- I received conditional authority certification when I graduated the academy and heard that it has been abolished. I did not receive my POST PID number or certificate. How can I obtain these?
- I am no longer employed as a peace officer, How long do I have before my certification will expire?
- How do I renew my certification once it expires?
- I am an out of state officer wanting to transfer my certification to Colorado
- I am a federal police officer or work for a federal agency, can I go through the provisional certification process?
- I was in the military, and/or was a military police officer. Can I go through the provisional certification process?
- Are there online academies?
- I went through the academy and failed the POST written certification test, how long do I have to get certified?
- I went through an academy and failed one of the skills test. How long do I have to go through the skills portion again and get certified?
- How can I get a copy of my POST written certification exam scores?
- Who can attend the two day test out?
- What does the two-day skills test-out consist of?
- How do I sign up for the two-day test out?
- Is there a study guide?
- I am a Reserve officer, but haven’t worked in three years. Can I renew my certification?
- I was certified as a reserve officer. My agency now wants to hire me full time. Does length of service as a reserve allow me to become fully POST-certified?
- How can I become a reserve officer?
- What continuing education does POST require once a person is certified?
- Does POST host any training classes?
- How do I report my training?
- Does POST put on any training classes?
- How do I sign up to take the DNA or Anti-bias training classes?
- How do I get a course POST approved?
- Will POST pay for me to go to training?
- Where can I find a list of courses already approved by POST?
- Is there a scholarship available for me to attend training?
- Does POST keep a record of all my training?
A Police Deparment job posting states I must be POST certified before applying, what does that mean?
Some police agencies want the person applying to already have their POST certification which means that the agency wants you to have gone through a CO POST approved academy and have completed it and passed the POST written certiifcation exam first. Other agencies sometimes hire you first, and then put you through their academy (or another academy). For example, Colorado State Patrol has their own academy, you must attend their academy to become a trooper. They would hire you and put you through their academy. A lot of Police departments want you to have gone through a community college police academy and gotten POST certified first. This means that you pay for the academy versus the agency paying for the academy.
There are currently 22 basic academies, 2 refresher academies, and 6 reserve academies in the state. Some academies are agency sponsored, and you generally must be hired by an agency to attend them. Others are self- sponsored and are run through a community or technical college, and anyone can attend them if they qualify. The cost for each academy is different, as is the number of hours in each of them. The minimum number of hours for an academy is currently 540 hours. A list of approved academies is on our website.
You cannot transfer your out of state academy graduation to a Colorado police academy by itself. You must get hired out-of-state and work for one full year (and be fully certified for at least 3 years) to be able to transfer your certification to Colorado through the provisional certification process.
POST Written Certification Exam
You can only take the POST written certification exam if you: have attended and successfully completed a POST approved Basic or Refresher academy; are a renewal or provisional applicant; or an academy student that has failed the exam previously. The POST written certification exam is generally given every month here at our Denver office. It is also given at the end of each academy class throughout the year. If you failed the written certification exam, you can contact Tom Mullen at 720-508-6724 to schedule taking the POST written certification exam again. You are able to take the POST written certification exam up to three times, but this must be done within two years of graduation of the academy.
Where are forms located?
Forms are located here on our website.
What is a PID Card and why is everyone asking for my PID number?
Your POST Identification number (PID) is a unique, computer-generated number assigned to individuals for identification in the POST electronic database. The PID number is used to keep track of attendance at POST-approved training courses. If you have recently been certified, your PID number will be enclosed in your Certification letter mailed to your agency or home address. POST no longer issues the plastic PID card, and we do not issue replacement cards. Please contact POST if you do not know your PID number.
I want to attend a training class but I am a non-sworn employee. Can get a PID number so my training can be tracked?
Yes. Your agency can contact POST and request a PID number for you. Individuals cannot request issuance of their own PID numbers. Your name, DOB, and SSN are needed to obtain a PID number, along with your assignment (dispatch, jail, records, etc).
Are there online academies?
No. Each basic academy is a minimum of 540 hours and you must be present to attend. A list of POST approved academies is on our website.
I was convicted of a crime. Is that going to preclude me from being certified?
If you were arrested and convicted of any felony you cannot be certified to be a peace officer in Colorado.
There is a list of misdemeanors that can affect certification. If you were convicted of any of these misdemeanors, you cannot be certified to be a peace officer in Colorado unless granted a POST Rule 8 variance. The term ‘conviction’ includes deferred judgments and deferred sentences imposed by a court or judge. This includes any misdemeanor in violation of federal law or the law of any state that is the equivalent of any of the offenses specified in that link above.
How many types of Colorado certification are there?
There are two certifications in Colorado, Basic and Reserve certification. There is also provisional certification which is a temporary six month certification for officers coming from out of state police agencies that are working toward obtaining their Basic Colorado certification through the test out or refresher academy.
I’m a certified peace officer working in Colorado and have changed my name, phone number or address. Do I have to notify POST?
Certification expires three years after the date of separation. If you are appointed as a reserve officer or are employed by the Colorado Department of Corrections, you may maintain your certification.
How do I renew my certification once it expires?
You can renew your certification through a test-out in the Denver area, held every other month, or attend a refresher academy (minimum 88 hours). Information on renewing your certification is found on our website.
I am a peace officer in another state and would like to move to Colorado and be a peace officer. What do I need to do?
You must be fully certified in your state for at least three years, and have served full time at least one year in the last three years to obtain provisional certification. Information on the provisional certification process is available on our website at Provisional Certification. If you qualify, you may either go through a skills test-out in the Denver area, which is held every other month, or attend a refresher academy.
POST accepts federal police officer and agencies that require FLETC certification. FBI, Secret Service, DEA, DOJ, Border Patrol, ICE, are among the agencies that we accept as long as you must be fully certified for at least three years, and have served full time at least one year in the last three years to obtain provisional certification. Information on the provisional certification process is available on our website at Provisional Certification. If you qualify, you may either go through a skills test-out in the Denver area, which is held every other month, or attend a refresher academy.
Those that have been an MP or was in the military will have to attend a full police academy. We only allow those positions that have attended a FLETC academy to bypass a full police academy.
How long do I have to get certified after graduation from an academy?
I went through an academy and failed one of the skills test. How long do I have to go through the skills portion again and pass the POST written certification exam?
How can I get a copy of my POST written certification exam scores?
Who can attend the test out?
What does the skills test-out consist of?
It consists of skills proficiency tests for driving, arrest control, firearms, and the POST written certification exam. There is no instructional time during the test-out. If you have not kept up on your skills POST recommends a refresher academy.
Register by calling Tom Mullen at 720-508-6724 or emailing Tom Mullen.
You cannot take the POST written certification exam without successfully completing a Colorado Basic academy or going through the renewal or provisional process. Register by calling Tom Mullen at 720-508-6724 or emailing Tom Mullen.
Are there online academies?
No, each basic academy is a minimum of 540 hours and you must be present to attend. A list of POST approved academies is on our website.
There is no study guide, a bibliography of recommended and required source materials and study recommendations is available on our website and are included in both the provisional and renewal packets.
I received conditional authority certification when I graduated the academy and heard that it has been abolished. I did not receive my POST PID number or certificate. How can I obtain these?
Conditional Authority was abolished August 8, 2012. Individuals who were certified under conditional authority as of August 8, 2009 working at an agency were given full certification including a certificate and a PID card. Those that had not been hired were given a letter of certification which expires three years from the date of their original Conditional Authority certification.
If you are currently certified and hired by an agency, we will issue your Certificate and PID number after the agency submits a Form 6 showing your appointment. Please note: Effective July 2013 POST is no longer issuing PID cards.
RESERVE CERTIFICATION QUESTIONS
I was certified as a reserve officer but haven’t worked in three years. Can I reactivate that certification?
No. Reserve certification cannot be renewed.
I was certified as a reserve officer. My agency now wants to hire me full time. Does length of service as a reserve allow me to become fully POST-certified?
No. There is no “bridge course” to get from reserve certification to full POST certification. You must attend a basic academy to become a fully POST-certified peace officer.
How do I become a reserve officer?
You must attend a reserve academy. If you attend a basic academy you can work as a reserve officer for a certified agency and it will keep your basic certification current.
There is no statewide training requirement after certification. Each individual agency determines its own in-service training requirements.
POST does not host any classes, but there are grant-funded courses provided through training regions. Please check the training calendar for available classes.
How do I report my training?
The training provider or your agency will report your training. You should talk with them first if you suspect it has not been posted to your record. If your question is not resolved by them, please contact POST Training Coordinator Stefanie Mackey or at 720-508-6718.
How do I sign up to take the DNA or Anti-bias training classes?
To take the online DNA Evidence Collection or Anti-bias training courses, go to our website and click on the link for the course you need. You must have a PID number in order to register for the class. Click on the Register tab at the top and follow the prompts. One registration is good for both courses. You may complete the course in sections or all at once. If you have trouble logging on, please do not register with a second username, please contact us for assistance.
How do I get credit for my training?
How do I get a course POST approved?
To get POST approval of a course complete the Training Course Approval form and return it to Stefanie Mackey along with a three-level course outline and resumes for any and all instructors for the course. This can be sent electronically but please only send one course per email. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.
New skills courses (Arrest Control, Driving, Firearms) must be reviewed by the respective SME committee and receive recommendation for approval before it will be assigned a number. To submit courses that fall in this category you must have all materials to Stefanie Mackey by 5:00 pm one week prior to the SME committee meeting date. The dates are available on the POST website.
Will POST pay for me to go to training?
POST has a grant training budget that allows Peace Officers in the State of Colorado to attend training free of charge. To apply for these funds please contact your training region.
Where can I find a list of courses already approved by POST?
A list of approved courses is available on the POST website. Only current classes that are within their two year approval period are listed. Courses that have “expired” must be resubmitted.
Is there a scholarship available for me to attend training?
To apply for a scholarship please contact your training region.
Does POST keep a record of all my training?
Currently there is no statewide training requirement outside of academy hours. Only courses that have been submitted, approved and assigned a POST course ID number can be tracked. Officers should maintain their individual training records.
POST BOARD QUESTIONS
What is an SME?
Subject Matter Expert (SME) Committees are comprised of law enforcement professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to assist the POST Board and staff by contributing professional technical support by:
- Providing recommendations to the board and staff regarding skills training programs, academic curricula and POST rules
- Reviewing documents and approving/denying academy programs, lesson plans, training sites and skills instructors
- Assisting POST staff with academy inspections and skills test-outs
Each committee is comprised of 12 to 20 members and includes a chairperson appointed by the POST director and a representative member of the POST Board. SME Committee members reflect the wide variety of law enforcement agencies throughout the state, including; large and small police departments and sheriff’s offices, law enforcement agency and community college academies, and state criminal justice agencies. Rank and assignment are not factors in the selection process.
Prospective SME members must submit a completed application for membership and include supporting documentation and letter of agency support. Each committee has specific qualifications for membership. The application process may include an interview with current committee members. Selection is made on merit as well as the needs of POST at the time of appointment.
When is the next Post Board Meeting?
A list of POST board meetings are listed on our website. They are open to the public.