Faq

  • Not normally, Peace Officer Training Funds (POTF) are only authorized for certified peace officers. On rare occasions, if a class is not full and does not have a waiting list, an agency may be allowed to send a civilian employee. When civilians are allowed in a class, all lodging and per diem must be paid for by the agency.

  • Agencies with 99 officers or less can request 2 seats in the lottery, agencies with 100 or more officers can request 1 seat. Occasionally, classes with unlimited seating will be announced.

  • No, Instructor Certificates are a one-time issue to the student upon completion of the class.

  • Class times are part of the training announcement located in the ASSC system.

  • The student entrance door is located at the northwest corner of the building, It is unlocked at 7:15 am on class days.

  • The student parking lot is located out back or the southwest side of the building.

  • An agency may issue a PA form, Program Compliance Confirmation Form, for CONTINUING training credits for any e-learning program distributed on an e-learning platform that has an interactive component and a testing component. E-learning distributions cannot be used for proficiency training credits.

  • Contact your Agency Training Coordinator; they have the ability to register for classes. AZPOST recognizes only one Training Coordinator per agency. As the Training Coordinator you can register for classes via the Agency Self Service Center (ASSC).

  • ASSC is the Arizona Agency Self Service Center. It gives authorized personnel (authorized by the agency head) the ability to complete online training registrations, submit electronic forms, access personnel tools, etc., depending on the authorization that your agency has given you. For more information see the ASSC forms.

  • Only training videos (DVD's) issued by AZPOST Digital Media Services Unit along with a Program Confirmation form can be utilized towards your Continuing Training hours. AZPOST training videos are approved for 3 years from issuance date, except Legal Update which credit is valid for the year issued. Refer to the Program Confirmation form included with the video.

  • Agencies should direct the Vendor to AZ POST to obtain training credit for the class they will be hosting.  Pursuant to Rule 13-4-111(A)(3); R13-4-114, a Vendor/outside provider may conduct continuing training provided the individual requirements are met per AZ POST policy.  Vendors must contact the Basic Training Administrative Assistant for processing.

  • Only AZ POST Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and/or instructors traveling and teaching AZ POST instructor schools with AZ POST approval need to keep lodging and per diem receipts.

  • Appropriate dress is business casual or a uniform (if required by your agency) for all classroom based training. This excludes denim pants and shorts. Other training such as firearms will usually have remarks about the appropriate dress for the class when announced.

  • No, classes are free and are normally filled utilizing a lottery system for available seats with those agencies that have registered via the ASSC system. Agencies may lose their lottery obtained seats if they do not provide a name into the ASSC system by the required date. At that time, the agency that is next up on the wait list will be offered the seat.

  • The first step is to contact an agency for a job as a peace officer or a position as a reserve officer. The agency hiring process may include agency testing, physical ability testing, psychological testing and oral boards. The process will include a complete background investigation, polygraph and medical examination. If the agency chooses to hire an applicant, the agency notifies AZPOST by sending an appointment document to AZPOST. AZPOST audits all agency employment packages to ensure that the qualifications for certification are met. Those qualifications can be found in Rules R13-4-105, 106, 107 and 109. Applicants should be mindful that AZPOST establishes the minimum standards. Agencies are free to have stricter standards and many of them do. Applicants may not apply directly to AZPOST for certification. All applications for certification are handled through the appointing agency. Only after an agency chooses to appoint an applicant and makes the appointment does the certification application process begin.

  • The agency will enroll newly appointed peace officer recruits in the basic training academy of the agency’s choice. Each academy will provide the AZPOST Basic Peace Officer Course with the minimum number of basic training hours mandated by the AZPOST Board. Recruits must successfully complete all of the academy requirements and pass a Comprehensive Final Examination to become AZPOST certified. The AZPOST Waiver Process is a pathway for experienced officers to either gain or regain peace officer certification. This process consists of a written test, driving proficiency, firearms qualification and the POPAT (physical agility test). It is the appointing agency’s choice whether to send an applicant through a basic academy again or allow them to pursue the Waiver Process.

  • Certification becomes inactive upon termination, resignation, retirement, or separation from the law enforcement agency for any other reason. A person who has inactive peace officer certification has no law enforcement authority. A person with inactive certification who takes action as a peace officer under certain circumstances may be committing the crime of impersonating a public servant. In order to perform the duties of a peace officer or exercise the authority of a peace officer, a person must have both active peace officer certification and be authorized to exercise that authority or perform those duties by the appointing law enforcement agency.

  • Certification that has become inactive because a person has left an agency's employment remains inactive for three years. If the person gets appointed by another agency before the three years has passed, certification can be reactivated without additional training. However, every appointment must be preceded by the entire background process, polygraph, and medical examination. If a person has not held a valid peace officer appointment for three years, AZPOST certification lapses.

  • No. Certification does lapse after three years and there is nothing except a legitimate appointment by a law enforcement agency after a complete background investigation that will prevent it.

  • Applying for certification when lapsed is exactly the same as making an initial application for certification. The person must first get appointed by an agency that has determined the person meets all current AZPOST minimum standards for certification and pass the AZPOST audit. The applicant may be able to avoid attending an academy again, however, if they take and successfully complete the AZPOST Waiver Process. This consists of a written test, driving proficiency, firearms qualification, and the POPAT (physical agility test). It is the appointing agency’s choice whether to send an applicant through a basic academy again or allow them to pursue the Waiver Process.