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Since 1959, POST has been at the forefront for helping law enforcement organizations plan and build custom learning solutions that maximize peace officer training, performance, and return on investment.  POST continues to be the leader in collaborating with law enforcement subject matter experts (SMEs) in designing curriculum and training solutions that continually enhance the professionalization of California peace officers.

Whether designing a new training program or improving an existing one, POST continues to bring its extensive experience in curriculum development methodology and learning systems to ensure that its courses are properly designed, built, and implemented. This was the basis for the creation of the Academy Instructor Certification Course (AICC).

Overview of Academy Instructor Development Institute (IDI)

During 2007, the POST Commission approved the creation of the Instructor Development Institute (IDI).  The IDI curriculum was subdivided into four Academy Instructor Certification Courses (AICC) Levels 1-4.  The purpose of the curriculum design is to "provide multi-level, multi-track programs to develop professionalism in the delivery of law enforcement instruction".  IDI courses are also available to Public Safety Dispatchers.

Academy Instructor Certification Course (AICC)

The AICC establishes instructor training and certification requirements for academies in the program.  Its purpose is to recognize demonstrated competency levels in education and training experience for each instructor, which, in turn, improves the overall professionalism, quality, and effectiveness of law enforcement training.

The course provides multi-level, multi-track programs to develop professionalism in the delivery of law enforcement instruction. The curriculum begins with a basic course and competency verification.  Subsequent levels of the curriculum progressively build via a modular format, providing advancement and specialization in different areas of law enforcement training.

The curriculum is grounded in contemporary adult learning methodologies, paralanguage, critical thinking, and taxonomies of learning, presentation delivery, and platform skills. Progressive learning and proficiency in additional dimensions of subject matter expertise, instructional technology, design, mentoring, coaching, and leadership, eventually lead to instructional mastery. Following are descriptions of the four POST-certified instructor development programs.

Basic Instructor Certificate Program (Level 1)

This is the entry-level or apprentice program for POST instructors. The course meets the basic instructional skills training requirement to teach in the POST Regular Basic Course and for the AICC.

The program includes at least 24 hours of instructor development training, followed by verification of core competencies demonstrated through a minimum of 8-16 hours of observed teaching. 

Students will gain facilitation skills and an understanding of how to employ adult learning methodologies appropriate for various law enforcement topics.  Certification at the Basic Level includes:

  • Complete a 40-hour POST Basic Course
  • Instructor Certification Program
  • Validation of competencies in the classroom

Intermediate (Level 2)

This course develops the student journeyman instructor by providing additional instructor development training and internship with competency verification. The student will become proficient with technology, training aids, and instructional design, and will explore and practice the art and science of adult experiential learning.  This course encompasses the Core, Presentation/Platform Skills and the Critical Thinking Skills Course. Certification at the Intermediate Level includes:    

  • Complete the 24-hour Intermediate Instructional Skills Course
  • Complete the 8-hour Presentation Skills and Tools Course
  • Complete the 16-hour Instructional Technology Course
  • Complete the 8-hour Critical Thinking Skills Course

Advanced (Level 3)

This program introduces an instructor to more advanced components of instructional design and delivery.  It builds on coursework and experience gained through the Basic and Intermediate Course Program (ICP) with additional courses to develop subject matter expertise, training delivery, and instructional design. It also includes a coaching and mentoring internship component.  Certification at the Advanced Level includes:

  • Complete the 40-hour Advanced Instructor Development Core Course with a 16-hour Teach Back session (56 hours total)
  • Complete the 24-hour Leadership, Coaching, and Mentoring Course
  • 8-hours being mentored by a Master Instructor

Master (Level 4)

This program leads an instructor through a professional project in the form of a Total Training Package. A learning contract provides for flexibility in the curriculum.  Instructors will develop new courses and instructional techniques. Master Instructors are also expected to serve as a resource to POST. The training cadre will include coaching and mentoring of other instructors as required. Certification at the Master Level includes:

  • Complete the Master Instructor Development Program (MIDP);
  • Design, develop, and deliver a 24-hour course (minimum) that meets a demonstrated and POST-approved training
  • This course is to be developed and will follow the proven model of the present Master Instructor Course
  • The candidate’s Instructional Systems Design (ISD) and Total Training Program (TTP) will be evaluated by a panel of qualified trainers prior to course
  • Master Instructors provide the cadre to deliver all POST IDI training

Prerequisites for attendance at the Master Level include:

  • Successfully complete all Level 1, 2, and 3 requirements
  • Complete the "Student Learning Outcomes Course" (POST Learning Portal)
  • Complete the 16-hour Instructional Technology "UPDATE" and 24-hour Critical Thinking "Combo" courses
  • Complete and submit an MICC application in the approved format