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Training, Certificates and Services

Completion of the Basic Course Waiver process is an option for meeting California's Regular Basic Course training requirement for out-of-state applicants. The Regular Basic Course is the training requirement for POST-program city police officers, sheriff's deputies, marshals, district attorney investigators, campus police officers, park police, Level I reserve peace officers and a few miscellaneous peace officer positions identified in the California Penal Code.

An individual must successfully complete the entire Basic Course Waiver (BCW) process to obtain a waiver. Agency sponsorship is not required to participate in the BCW process. Acceptance of a waiver for meeting the Regular Basic Course training standard is at the discretion of the employing agency.

Basic Course Waiver Process

The BCW is a four-step process for evaluating prior law enforcement training and testing knowledge and skill levels. These steps must be completed in the order shown. Fees are charged for Steps 2 and 3

Step 1: Application/Self-Assessment

The application/self-assessment must include verification of successful completion of each of the following:

  • at least a 200-hour general law enforcement basic course,
  • at least 664 hours of general law enforcement training (including basic course),
  • the legislatively mandated training subjects included in the Regular Basic Course
  • at least one year of general law enforcement experience
  • No Fee

Step 2: POST Training Evaluation

The applicant's self-assessment and supporting documents are evaluated to determine if the general law enforcement training and experience requirements have been met, as outlined in Step 1.

  • $75 Fee (certified check or money order ONLY)

Step 3: Basic Course Waiver (BCW) Testing Process

The BCW Testing Process includes both comprehensive and exercise components. The comprehensive component consists of a multiple-choice test that measures knowledge of the Regular Basic Course curriculum. The exercise component consists of an assessment of critical skills, such as firearms and defensive tactics. Both components can be satisfied by completing either the 136-hour minimum Requalification Course or by testing.

  • Fees vary by presenter

Step 4: Waiver Issuance

The waiver letter granted by POST waives the required completion of a California POST-certified Regular Basic Course and is valid for three years.

  • No Fee


To start the Basic Course Waiver process, please complete the Basic Course Waiver Application (pdf). Questions regarding the BCW process or application may be directed to Basic Training Bureau at (916) 227-3915.