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.