(1) Persons providing POST approved training courses and employed by public safety agencies must be certified by the council.
(2) A "primary instructor" is one who delivers a specific lesson plan pertaining to a discipline. To qualify as a primary instructor, the person shall apply to the council, on a form approved by the council, and shall meet the following requirements:
(a) three years of public safety experience;
(b) education or training in the specific field, subject matter, or academic discipline to be taught;
(c) must have successfully completed a 40-hour minimum instructor development course or equivalent approved by the director;
(d) must have an endorsement from the applicant's agency head to deliver a specific lesson plan pertaining to a discipline; and
(e) must submit the specific lesson plan that is at least two hours in length, and which includes performance objectives, instructional strategies, and complete course content.
(3) Master instructors must possess the competencies to adequately develop and deliver a broad range of curricula pertaining to a specific discipline. To qualify as a master instructor, the person shall apply to the council, on a form approved by the council, and shall meet the following requirements:
(a) must possess a primary instructor certificate;
(b) must successfully complete a minimum 40 hour curriculum design and development course or equivalent approved by the council;
(c) must have an endorsement from the POST director, or designee, attesting to the applicant's competencies; and
(d) must have endorsement from applicant's agency head.
(4) Professional instructors are certified to deliver and instruct a broad range of topic matters to which independent accreditation is not required as a condition of delivery as prescribed by the council. To qualify as a professional instructor, the person shall apply to the council on a form approved by the council, and shall meet the following requirements:
(a) must be employed by a public safety agency as a full-time training and development specialist or equivalent;
(b) must have endorsement from the POST director or designee and agency administrator; and
(c) meet all of the requirements necessary to qualify as a master instructor as required by (3).
(5) The council will certify approved primary and master instructors to instruct in those specific subjects for which the council has found them qualified. Each certified instructor will be listed in an official register of the council, and for each primary and master instructor, each subject that instructor is certified to teach will be noted in the register.
(6) Initial primary and master instructor certificates shall be issued for a period of 24 months. At the end of the initial time period, certificates may be renewed for an additional 24 months, providing the instructor has remained current in the applicable discipline. This may be accomplished through continuing education and by actively instructing the course(s).
(7) After four years of continuous certification, all instructors may be recertified for a four-year period.
(8) The council may deny applications for instructor certification for failure to satisfy the required qualifications. The council may recall, suspend, or revoke primary and master certificates at any time for good cause to ensure the quality of the training programs. In addition, any primary and master instructor who has not instructed during a certification period shall be required to reapply for original certification.
(9) Officers who believe they are eligible for any instructor certificate must submit a completed application, with agency administrator approval, to the director. Applications are available from POST staff or on the POST web site.
(a) The director will then review the application and approve or deny the certification, unless the director determines, as a matter of discretion, that the council's review is necessary due to extenuating circumstances.
(b) Upon approval by the director the certificate becomes valid unless the council takes further action.