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Peace Officer Psychological Evaluators

Add Completed CPE Training to Existing Profile

IMPORTANT UPDATE: 

On October 24, 2018, the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved changes to the minimum continuing professional education (CPE) requirements for peace officer psychological evaluators. Information on the changes can be found in Bulletin 2018-38 (pdf).

Effective January 1, 2019, all evaluators must complete the POST Peace Officer Psychological Screening Manual online (book-based) exam prior to conducting evaluations. Those who have already taken and passed the examination, have met this requirement and will not need to do anything further. Incumbent evaluators (i.e. those who have been conducting peace officer evaluations) must meet this requirement by July 1, 2019. New evaluators must meet this requirement prior to conducting peace officer psychological evaluations.

Experience and Education Requirements:

A psychologist who conducts peace officer screening evaluations must meet Government Code Section 1031(f)(2) requirements, which consist of being licensed by the California Board of Psychology and experience that is "at least the equivalent of five full-time years ... in the diagnosis and treatment of emotional and mental disorders, including the equivalent of three full-time years accrued postdoctorateThe ... psychologist shall also have met any applicable education and training procedures set forth by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) designed for the conduct of preemployment psychological screening of peace officers."

POST continuing professional education (CPE) requirements for psychological evaluators are outlined in Commission Regulation 1955, which includes completion of the POST Peace Officer Psychological Screening Manual on-line (book-based) exam (see Bulletin 2018-38 (pdf)) and 12 hours of CPE every two years coinciding with the evaluator's license renewal cycle. These CPE hours are prorated at .5 hours/month based on the license renewal date. 

Agency Considerations for Selecting Screening Psychologists:

When seeking the services of a screening psychologist, agencies should take into consideration the psychologist's experience and depth and breadth of education and training. Chapter 3 of the POST Peace Officer Psychological Screening Manual provides information on selecting a screening psychologist and Appendix A provides a sample questionnaire for that purpose. 

  • The following psychological evaluators have submitted their profile information to POST.
  • You can view each evaluator's details, including specific CPE courses completed, CV, and contact information.
  • Information in the columns can be sorted by clicking the heading of the relevant column.

NOTEPOST does not "approve" or "certify" psychological evaluators; however, the list (below) indicates if the psychologist has met POST CPE requirements. The "Meets CPE Hours Req't?" column must have a "yes" indicating that the psychologist is current with CPE hours. The "Meets Mandatory Course Req't?" column must indicate "yes" by July 1, 2019.

A psychologist's license can be verified through the California Department of Consumer Affairs License Search.