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 a Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation (ICI) Certificate of Achievement will realize the program’s goal of becoming a highly trained and competent criminal 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. An ICI Certificate is achieved by successfully completing three phases and includes approximately 200 hours of training: (1) the ICI Core Course, (2) an ICI Foundation Specialty Course, and (3) a minimum of 72 hours of qualifying investigative elective courses. All courses must be completed within 10 years of the application submission date (excluding the ICI Core Course). ICI Foundation Specialty Courses may not be used as investigative electives. 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 ICI Core Course).

ICI Core Course

Crim Inv Inst Core Course 
Course Number: 26000

The ICI Core Course is designed and intended to be the prerequisite for all other ICI courses. There is no equivalent for this course to earn an ICI Certificate of Achievement. This course is only taken once and is not subject to the 10-year rule.

ICI Foundation Specialty Courses

After successfully completing the ICI Core Course, the next step is to complete one of the following ICI Foundation Specialty Courses – Arson/Explosives, Burglary, Child Abuse, Computer Crime, Domestic Violence, Financial Crimes, Gangs, Homicide, Human Trafficking, Narcotics, Robbery, Sexual Assault, or Vehicle Theft.  There is no equivalent for these courses to earn an ICI Certificate of Achievement.

Investigative Elective Courses

In addition to completing the ICI Core Course and an ICI Foundation Specialty Course, applicants of an ICI Certificate of Achievement are also required to successfully complete a minimum of 72 hours of qualifying investigative elective courses with at least 48 hours directly related to the ICI Foundation Specialty Course and no more than 24 hours attributed to universal electives. The investigative electives on the current list are not all inclusive; however, any additional course that may be considered for this purpose must be POST-certified, instructor led, investigative in nature, and relate directly to an ICI Foundation Specialty Course or universally to all of them. ICI Foundation Specialty Courses may not be used as investigative electives.

Application for an ICI Certificate of Achievement

Download the ICI Certificate Application Form (pdf) and upon completion, please email it to Questions can be directed to the 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 Certificate 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 was successfully completed but not recorded on the applicant's POST Training Profile, please attach a copy of the course Certificate of Completion showing the student's name, course title, number of hours, and date of completion.


POST Plan IV (tuition-free, travel/per diem reimbursement) is used for most ICI courses to those agencies eligible for POST reimbursement. POST-reimbursable agencies may claim training expenses, per POST Regulation 1015, as long as their student is a full-time employee and completes the course in an on-duty status. Otherwise, ICI courses are available on a tuition basis and the applicable presenter should be contacted for the cost of tuition and other course registration details.

Who Should Apply?

ICI courses are primarily intended for 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 ICI Core Course. Other sworn and non-sworn law enforcement personnel may attend ICI courses on a space-available basis. The ICI Program requires a commitment from both students and their respective agencies to attend and complete the rigorous course requirements.