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Chapter 464-13 SPECIALTY AND VOLUNTARY CERTIFICATIONS

Rule 464-13-.01 Specialty and Voluntary Certification

Every person requesting certification shall make application on forms furnished by the Council, and in connection therewith shall, under oath, answer all questions, supply all information, and furnish all certificates, affidavits and other supporting data as required. Any untrue, misleading or omitted statements contained in any such application shall be cause for denial.

Rule 464-13-.02 Crime Scene Technician Certification Requirements

Each person applying for Crime Scene Technician Certification must:

(1) Complete the required core courses as prescribed by the Council;
(2) Have one (1) year experience as a full-time Crime Scene technician; and
(3) Complete a forty (40) hour internship with a certified Crime Scene technician.

Rule 464-13-.03 Field Training Officer Certification Requirements

Each person applying for Field Training Officer Certification must:

(a) Possess a minimum of three (3) years experience in law enforcement with a minimum of two (2) years with current agency; and
(b) Complete a Council approved course of instruction for Field Training Officers.

Rule 464-13-.04 Departmental Training Officer Certification Requirements

Each person applying for Departmental Training Officer Certification must:

(a) Possess POST certified General Instructor Status; and
(b) Successfully complete a POST certified Departmental Training Officer Course; and
(c) Possess POST certified Field Training Officer status or three (3) years experience in law enforcement.

Rule 464-13-.05 Senoir Deputy Certification

Each person applying for Senior Deputy certification must:

(a) be a certified, registered or exempt peace officer currently employed by a Georgia law enforcement agency recognized by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council;
(b) have successfully completed the required core courses conducted by a POST recognized training facility; and
(c) complete a minimum of 200 hours of POST recognized training other than required core courses, refresher or in-service training, or basic training required for any certification issued by POST Council. Any training used as electives must be approved by the applicant's chief executive. The core courses required for intermediate and advanced certification may be used as electives mentioned in this paragraph as long as they have not been used for previous issuance of the intermediate or advanced certification. Once an intermediate or advanced core course is used as an elective, pursuant to this rule, it may not be used for issuance of any future POST certification without re-attending the required course or an approved alternative which has been deemed equivalent.

Rule 464-13-.06 Intermediate Certification Requirements

Each person applying for Intermediate level certification must:

(a) Be a certified, registered or exempt officer currently em­ployed by a Georgia Law Enforcement Agency certified by P.O.S.T.; and
(b) Have at least 2 years experience as a full-time, paid peace officer; and
(c) Have successfully completed the five (5) required core courses, as outlined in the application, at a P.O.S.T. recognized training facility; and
(d) Have a minimum of ten (10) quarter or six (6) semester hours from an accredited college or university.

Rule 464-13-.07 Advanced Certification Requirements

Each person applying for Advanced level certification must:

(a) Possess or be able to possess the Intermediate Certificate;
(b) Be a certified, registered or exempt peace officer currently employed by a Georgia Law Enforcement agency certified by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council;
(c) Have at least four (4) years experience as a full-time, paid peace officer;
(d) Have successfully completed the seven (7) required core courses (listed on the application) at a P.O.S.T. recognized training facility; and
(e) Have a minimum twenty (20) quarter or twelve (12) semester hours from an accredited college or university.

Rule 464-13-.08 Supervisory Certification Requirements

Each person applying for Supervisory level certification must:

(a) Currently hold a supervisory position and have done so for at least one year prior to certification. A supervisory position is defined as one where the holder of such a position is responsible for the direct supervision of personnel occupying basic operational line positions - patrol, investigation, or support. The Position title may be sergeant, corporal, officer-in-charge or team Leader. A person in this position commonly performs both the direct supervision of Personnel and actual law enforcement duties. Also included would be coordination of supervised personnel, evaluation, and record keeping. Determination will be based on job function and not position title.
(b) Possess 45 college quarter or 30 semester hours from an accredited college or university; and
(c) Complete the 120-hour "P.O.S.T. Supervisory Development Course".

Rule 464-13-.09 Management Certification Requirements

Each person applying for Management level certification must:

(a) Currently hold a management position and have done so for at least one year prior to certification. A management position is defined as one where the holder occupies a management position in a law enforcement agency which falls between the supervisor and the executive. This position typically involves planning, organizing, public relations, disci­pline. and general administrative work. Determination will be based on job function and not position title.
(b) Possess 90 college quarter or 60 semester hours from an accredited college or university; and
(c) Complete the 120-hour "P.O.S.T. Management Development Course".
(e) Complete the 120-hour "POST Management Development Course".

Rule 464-13-.10 Executive Certification Requirements

Each person applying for Executive level certification must:

(a) Currently hold an executive position and have done so for at least one year prior to certification. An executive position is defined as "the highest level official with direct operational responsibility for a law enforcement agency". Duty positions may be identified by the title of chief of police, sheriff, superintendent, warden, colonel, director, or commissioner. As general manager of a law enforcement agency, the executive has the administrative responsibility for the policies and performance of the Agency. Determination will be based on job function and not position title.
(b) Possess 90 college quarter or 60 semester hours from an accredited college or university; and
(c) Complete the 120-hour "P.O.S.T. Executive Development Course".

Rule 464-13-.11 Arson Investigator Certification

Each person applying for Arson Investigator certification must:

(a) Have a minimum of six (6) months experience as an arson investigator;
(b) Satisfactorily complete both basic and advanced arson investigator training courses;
(c) Be certified/registered as a peace officer or firefighter recommended by the departments chief executive; and
(d) Submit notarized application with agency head's signature.

Rule 464-13-.12 Training and Certification of Bomb Technicians, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians, and Handler of Animals Trained to Detect Explosives

Any person who is employed by an agency or authority of this state or an agency or authority of a political subdivision of this state as a bomb technician, explosive ordnance disposal technician, handler of an animal trained to detect explosives, or any person who is assigned to such duties shall be required to successfully complete a training program prescribed by Council which shall consist of an initial training program, an apprenticeship, and annual recertification.

Rule 464-13-.13 Reserved

Rule 464-13-.14 Jail Training Officer Certification Requirements

Each person applying for Jail Training Officer Certification must:

(a) Possess a minimum of three (3) years experience as a jail officer with a minimum of two (2) years with current agency; and
(b) Complete a Council approved course of instruction for Jail Training Officers.

Rule 464-13-.15 Communications Training Officer Certification Requirements

Each person applying for Communications Training Officer Certification must:

(a) Possess a minimum of three (3) years experience as a communications officer with a minimum of two (2) years with current agency; and
(b) Complete a Council approved course of instruction for Communications Training Officers.

Rule 464-13-.16 Criminal Investigator Certification Requirements

Each person applying for Criminal Investigator Certification must:

(1) complete the required core courses as prescribed by the Council;
(2) have at least three years experience as a sworn law enforcement officer;
(3) have one year experience as a full-time Criminal Investigator; and
(4) currently assigned to Criminal Investigative duties.

Rule 464-13-.17 Narcotics Officer Certification Requirements

Each person applying for Narcotics Officer Certification must:

(1) complete the required core courses as prescribed by the Council;
(2) have one year experience as a full-time Narcotic Investigator; and
(3) currently assigned to a Criminal Investigative Division assigned to investigate narcotic crimes or work for a Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force.

Rule 464-13-.18 Traffic Accident Reconstruction Specialist Certification Requirements

Each person applying for Traffic Accident Reconstruction Specialist Certification must:

(1) complete the required core courses as prescribed by the Council;
(2) have at least three years experience as a sworn law enforcement officer; and
(3) have one year experience conducting traffic accident investigations.

Rule 464-13-.19 Latent Print Examiner Certification

Each person applying for Latent Print Examiner Certification must:

(1) Complete the required core courses as prescribed by the Council within 36 month of the start date of the first required course;
(2) Currently assigned to Latent Print Examiner duties;
(3) Complete the initial latent proficiency test from an ISO/IEC 17043 accredited provider; and
(4) Maintain an administrative file documenting completion of required biannual latent proficiency tests.

Rule 464-13-.20 Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Officer Certification

Officers applying for the SWAT Certification must:

(1) Complete the required core courses as prescribed by the Council;
(2) Have at least three years experience as a sworn law enforcement officer; and
(3) Currently assigned to the departmental tactical unit.