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Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation

State Senator Robert Presley is credited with planting the seed in the mid-1980s of what has since grown into a highly respected and recognized training program for California’s criminal investigators. Those who commit themselves to earning an ICI Certificate of Achievement will realize the program’s goal of becoming a highly trained and competent investigator who is able to meet the investigative challenges of the future.

ICI Certificate of Achievement

Detectives/investigators who earn an ICI Certificate of Achievement have demonstrated a sustained desire, discipline, and determination to refine their investigative craft by devoting a substantial amount of time and energy to receiving the ICI Program’s exceptional training. The ICI Program is presented in three phases and includes approximately 200 hours of training to qualify for an ICI Certificate in one of 16 specialty areas. The phases include a Core Course, a Foundation Specialty Course, and three Investigative Electives. All courses must be completed within ten years of the application date (excluding the Core Course). Students can receive an ICI Certificate in more than one specialty area but may only use a course once for all ICI Certificates (except the Core Course).

Core Course

Crim Inv Inst Core Course 
Course Number: 26000

The basic investigation Core Course is a requirement for all students and is a prerequisite for many other ICI courses. There is no equivalent for this course. This course is only taken once and is not subject to the ten-year rule.

Foundation Specialty Course

Students must complete one of the following Foundation Specialty courses – Arson/Explosives, Burglary, Child Abuse, Computer Crime, Domestic Violence, Environmental Crimes, Human Trafficking Investigation, Fraud/Forgery, Gangs, Homicide, ID Theft, Narcotics, Robbery, Sexual Assault, Vice, or Vehicle Theft.  There is no equivalent for these courses.

Foundation Specialty Courses may not be used as Investigative Electives.

Investigative Elective Courses

Applicants must complete at least three investigative elective courses (minimum of 24 hours each).  For electives exceeding 24 hours, the excess hours cannot be used to meet the combined 72-hour minimum requirement.  Applicants may, however, satisfy the individual 24-hour minimum requirement by combining multiple electives from the ICI Investigative Elective list (pdf) which are at least 8 hours each. So, the following examples are acceptable ways to meet the individual elective requirement:

  • One 24-hour course
  • One 40-hour course
  • One 16-hour course, plus one 8-hour course
  • Three 8-hour courses

Once a course has been applied toward a certificate, including the Foundation Specialty Course, it is not reusable toward another certificate (except the Core Course).

Instructions for Obtaining an ICI Certificate of Achievement

Complete the ICI Certificate Application Form (pdf) and upon completion, please email

POST ICI Program Manager
Questions can be directed to POST ICI Program Manager. 

To verify records and get details on courses attended please check your POST Training Profile or contact your agency training officer/manager who can verify this information from records using the Electronic Data Interchange system. For each course submitted in the ICI application, please specify:

  • Course Title
  • Course Hours
  • Presenter (Agency Name)
  • 14-digit POST Course Control Number
  • Date course was completed

All submitted courses are subject to verification. If a course does not have a POST Course Control Number, please attach a copy of the course completion certificate showing the student's name, course title, course duration, and date of completion.  All submitted materials will not be returned so do not submit original documents - copies only.


POST Plan IV (tuition free, travel/per diem reimbursement) is used for the Core Course and some ICI Foundation Specialty Courses to those agencies eligible for POST reimbursement. Other ICI courses are available on a tuition basis.

Who Should Apply?

ICI courses are primarily open to all full-time, sworn Detectives/Investigators from California POST-affiliated law enforcement agencies.  Patrol officers who are pending (within six months) an investigative assignment may attend the Core Course. Other sworn and non-sworn law enforcement personnel may attend ICI courses on a space available basis by paying the full course costs. The ICI Program requires a commitment from both students and their respective agencies to attend and complete the rigorous course requirements.