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Required Updated or Refresher Training Requirements

The Legislature determined and has mandated certain training be refreshed or updated at regular intervals to maintain proficiency and certification or to obtain recertification in particular areas of an officers duties. POST has created a quick reference document to assist the field in locating Legislative Mandated Training update or refresher requirements for officers while employed with a law enforcement agency.

Disclaimer: This document is intended for use as a quick reference. Its purpose is not regulatory. For complete Legislative Mandated Training requirements refer to the appropriate law section provided for each requirement.

Legislative Required Refresher Training

Training Topic Training Participation / Responsibility* Update/Refresher Training

Cal-OSHA 5193

Blood borne Pathogens

REQUIRED

*Employers.

REQUIRED

-Annually at a minimum as prescribed by OSHA-

CCR Title 8

PC 13519

Domestic Violence Complaints

REQUIRED

*Law enforcement officers.

REQUIRED for

Law Enforcement Officers

(below supervisory rank) assigned to patrol

-every 2 years-

PC 629.94

Electronic Surveillance

REQUIRED

*Investigative or law enforcement officers; other persons as designated.

REQUIRED

"Periodic Recertification" Minimum standards as set by the AG.

PC 13518

First Aid and CPR / AED

REQUIRED

*Every city/district police officer, (deputy) sheriff, (deputy) marshal, and CHP peace officer, except those whose duties are primarily clerical or administrative.

REQUIRED

-Every 2 years-

Satisfactory completion of periodic refresher training or appropriate testing in CPR / AED and other first aid as prescribed by EMSA – CCR Title 22

PC 13519.8

High Speed Vehicle Pursuits

REQUIRED

*Law enforcement officers.

REQUIRED

CA Law Enforcement Pursuit Guidelines (2/07) and/or Pursuit Driving Update (2007). 2-hour POST telecourse can be used to satisfy this requirement.

PC 13519.4

Racial and Cultural Diversity Training; Racial Profiling

REQUIRED

*Law enforcement officers.

REQUIRED

-Every 5 years-

Cal-OSHA 5144

Respiratory Protection/Fitting

REQUIRED

*Employers.

REQUIRED

-Annually as prescribed by OSHA-

CCR Title 8

Continuing Professional Training Requirement: Every peace officer (other than a Level III Reserve Peace Officer), Public Safety Dispatcher, and Public Safety Dispatch Supervisor shall satisfactorily complete the CPT requirement of 24 or more hours of POST-qualifying training during every two-year CPT cycle. Effective January 1, 2002, certain peace officers in specific duty assignments must satisfy a portion of the CPT requirement by completing Perishable Skills and Communications training.

Perishable Skills/Communications Requirement for CPT. Effective January 1, 2002, all peace officers (except reserve officers) below the middle management position and assigned to patrol, traffic, or investigation who routinely effect the physical arrest of criminal suspects are required to complete Perishable Skills and Communications training.

Perishable Skills Program (PSP) consists of 12 hours of psychomotor, 2 hours of communications, and 4 hours of use of force training every 24 months. 

  • Category I - Tactical Firearms - 4 hour minimum
  • Category II - Driver Training/Awareness - 4 hour minimum
  • Category III - Arrest & Control - 4 hour minimum
  • Category IV - Strategic Communications - 2 hour minimum
  • Category V - Use of Force - 4 hour minimum

Courses in each of the above categories must include the specified minimum topics and exercises and meet the stated course objectives to qualify for the PSP program.  All minimum topics and course objectives may be found in Commission Regulation 1005(d)

It is recommended that managers and executives complete, within their two-year compliance cycle, two hours of CPT devoted to updates in the perishable skills topical areas enumerated above.