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Intermediate/Advanced Certification Chart
OAR 259-008-0060 (Public Safety Officer Certification) was updated effective
November 1, 2012. This administrative rule change updates the requirements for public safety officers within the criminal justice profession to achieve upper levels of certification.
These new requirements will be phased in by allowing officers to apply for intermediate or advanced certification under either chart for a period of 2 years.

All Disciplines - Effective until 10/31/14:

 

INTERMEDIATE CERTIFICATION
Minimum
Years of
Experience
8 years
7 years
6 years
5 years
4 years
4 years
2 years
Minimum Training Hours, Including DPSST Basic Course
 300 hours
460 hours
600 hours
760 hours
900 hours
DPSST Basic Course
DPSST Basic Course
Minimum College Education Credits
15
23
30
38
45
Assoc.
Degree
Bachelor Degree
 
 
ADVANCED CERTIFICATION
Minimum
Years of
Experience
12 years
11 years
10 years
9 years
8 years
9 years
6 years
4 years
Minimum Training Hours, Including DPSST Basic Course
600 hours
700 hours
800 hours
900 hours
1200 hours
DPSST Basic Course
DPSST Basic Course
DPSST Basic Course
Minimum College Education Credits
30
35
40
45
60
Assoc.
Degree
Bachelor Degree
Master Degree
 
TO APPLY USING THESE CHARTS:
·     Submit to DPSST:
o   A completed Form F-7 (Application for Certification) signed by the applicant and Agency Head or Authorized Representative.
·     All training and education must be on file with DPSST. (DOC officers must submit an agency training report with the Form F-7.)
·     Training hours are allowed to “roll-over.”
 For example, an officer who is awarded a basic certificate after completing 200 hours of Basic Training can again use those 200 hours to reach the minimum required training level to achieve the intermediate certificate.
·     Time served can cross disciplines. Experience in a certified discipline other than the one for which an upper level of certification is sought, will count toward credible service time at 50% of the time served in the other discipline.
·    Topics of training required to receive upper level certifications are not specified.
 
Police/Corrections/Parole & Probation – Effective 11/1/12:
INTERMEDIATE CERTIFICATION
MIN. YEARS EXPERIENCE
3 years
4 years
5 years
6 years
EDUCATION
Bachelor Degree
Assoc. Degree
45 Credits
None
TRAINING
+ 80 Training Hours:
+ 120 Training Hours:
+ 160 Training Hours:
+ 200 Training Hours
   Communications
16
28
40
52
   Advanced Technical Skills
40
60
80
100
   Leadership
16
20
24
28
   Risk Management
8
12
16
20
TOTAL TRAINING HOURS
80
120
160
200
 
ADVANCED CERTIFICATION
MIN. YEARS EXPERIENCE
 6 years
 7 years
  9 years
 11 years
  13 years
EDUCATION
Master’s  Degree
Bachelor Degree
Assoc. Degree
45 Credits
None
TRAINING
+ 80 Training Hours:
+ 120 Training Hours:
+ 160 Training Hours:
+ 200 Training Hours
+ 240 Training Hours
   Communications
16
28
40
52
64
   Advanced Technical Skills
40
60
80
100
120
   Leadership
16
20
24
28
32
   Risk Management
8
12
16
20
24
TOTAL TRAINING HOURS
80
120
160
200
240
 
TO APPLY USING THESE CHARTS:
·     Submit to DPSST:
o   A completed Form F-7 (Application for Certification) signed by applicant and Agency Head or Authorized Representative.
o   A completed Form F-7WS (Intermediate/Advanced Certification Supplemental Worksheet – Police/Corrections/Parole & Probation) signed by applicant and Agency Head.
o   Current DPSST training records indicating which completed training hours apply to which training category.  Training records can be obtained from the agency training officer or by sending an e-mail to DPSST.records@state.or.us. 
·     If training is being submitted that is not included on the DPSST training record, other documentation of completed training and the applicable training category must be attached. (For example, DOC does not generally report training to DPSST on F-6 rosters; DOC training reports must be attached and documented.)
·     Training hours reset after certification is awarded.
After a basic or intermediate certificate is awarded, an officer must achieve the prescribed training hours for the next level of certification starting from zero. This does NOT mean that the number of training hours in the officer’s DPSST Training Record is changed; only that the officer may not count the same hours towards each subsequent level of certification. The number of training hours required at each level in the charts is substantially reduced to reflect this change.
·     The minimum years’ experience must be within the discipline for which the Intermediate or Advanced certification is being applied.
·     The number of training hours needed is reduced but broken into four required categories: Communications, Advanced Technical Skills, Leadership and Risk Management.
o   DPSST retains final authority on the appropriateness of completed training fulfilling the training requirements for upper levels of certification. The training categories are defined as follows:
§  Risk Management: Training that provides law enforcement officers with tools to recognize risks, the type of risks and effective tactics to manage risks.
§  Communication: Training that provides law enforcement officers with tools to effectively communicate with members of the public, individuals suspected of criminal activity, individuals under supervision, individuals with special needs, as well as managers and co-workers.
§  Leadership: Training that enhances leadership ability, teaches effective leadership styles, or encourages the adoption of effective leadership behaviors.
§  Advanced Technical Skills: Discipline-specific training that enhances technical or tactical skills as a law enforcement officer. This does not include courses that are required to maintain the basic level of certification.
o   As a reference, DPSST has completed a presumptive categorization of the Standardized Course List. Training available to DOC employees has been categorized and is available through the Personnel Development Unit.
 
Telecommunicators – Effective 11/1/12:
 
Intermediate Certification
Minimum Years of Experience                                            
5 years
6 years
Minimum Training Hours, Including DPSST Basic Course
DPSST Basic Course + 160 hours post certificate training
DPSST Basic Course + 200 hours post certificate training
Minimum College Education Credits
45
None
Minimum Competency
3 portfolio points
3 portfolio points
 
 
Advanced Certification
Minimum Years of Experience
7 years
 
8 years
 
9 years
 
10 years
 
Minimum Training Hours, Including DPSST Basic Course
Intermediate Certificate + 120 hours post certificate training
Intermediate Certificate + 160 hours post certificate training
Intermediate Certificate + 200 hours post certificate training
Intermediate Certificate + 240 hours post certificate training
Minimum College Education Credits
Bachelor Degree
Assoc. Degree
45
None
Minimum Competency
6 portfolio points
6 portfolio points
6 portfolio points
6 portfolio points
 
Intermediate/Advanced Telecommunicator Portfolio
CATEGORY
PORTFOLIO ITEM
POINTS
Leadership
Policy Writing/Revision
1 point
Leadership
APCO/NENA Membership
(active participation within past 2 years)
 
½ point
Leadership
APCO/NENA Leadership
(Hold Office, Committee Chair, National Committee, etc. within past 5 years)
1 point
Leadership
Agency Leadership Role (agency defined)
1 point
Leadership
Professional Development (agency defined)
1 point
Calls for Service*
Multi-jurisdictional (cross-dispatch) events
¼ point
Calls for Service*
Mass casualty events
¼ point
Calls for Service*
Major Media Events
¼ point
Calls for Service*
Incident dispatch team member
¼ point
Calls for Service*
Unusual or Exemplary call for service (agency defined)
¼ point
Awards
Agency/local award recipient
½ point
Awards
State award recipient
1 point
Awards
National award recipient
2 points
Training
1 year Communications Training Officer
(within past 5 years)
½ point
Training
2+ years Communications Training Officer
(within past 5 years)
1 point
Training
Industry, DPSST or Agency Instructor
(within past 2 years)
1 point
Training
Attend industry related training course – 8 hour minimum (does not count toward yearly certification hours)
1 point
Longevity
Every year as an Agency Head
1 point
Longevity
Every two years as a mid-level manager
1 point
Longevity
Every three years as a first line supervisor
1 point
Longevity
Every four years as a lead worker
1 point
* Calls for Service Category: (Requires significant participation in high impact calls for service)
TO APPLY USING THESE CHARTS:
· Submit to DPSST:
o A completed Form F-7 (Application for Certification) signed by applicant and Agency Head or Authorized Representative.
o A completed portfolio. (Sample Portfolio Cover Letter)
· Telecommunicators must choose from the Portfolio Items list to satisfy the portfolio point requirement. The Portfolio Items list is non-inclusive.  Other categories may be suggested for consideration for agency director and Telecommunications Policy Committee review.
· Application must include at least two separate categories for intermediate and three separate categories for advanced certification requests.
· A telecommunicator must complete and provide documentation of the applicable Portfolio Items to the agency head (including detailed descriptions, transcripts, recording of calls for service and other supporting documentation with confidential information such as names, phone numbers and addresses redacted).  The agency head will review and submit a recommendation to DPSST.
· DPSST will review the portfolio and determine whether to affirm or deny the portfolio.  Any questionable portfolios will be presented to the to the Telecommunications Policy Committee for review.   
· All training and education must be on file with DPSST.
· Years of experience must be within the discipline.
Supervisory Certification:
  • Must have or qualify for basic, intermediate and advanced certifications.
  • Must have 45 college education credits.
  • Must have completed the prescribed supervision training within preceding 5 years.
  • Must be currently employed in a 1st level supervisor position for one year, or have performed the duties for a period of one year, within the preceding 5 years.
  • Does not include a position with acting or limited supervisory responsibilities.

Management Certification:
  • Must have or qualify for basic, intermediate, advanced, and supervisory certifications.
  • Must have 90 college education credits.
  • Must have completed the prescribed middle management training within preceding 5 years.
  • Must be currently employed in a Middle Management, Assistant Department Head, or Department Head position , and have 2 years experience in an eligible position within the preceding 5 years.
  • Does not include a position with limited or acting middle management duties.
Executive Certification:
  • Must have or qualify for basic, intermediate, advanced, supervisory, and management certifications.
  • Must have 90 college education credits.
  • Must have completed 100 hours of DPSST-approved executive level training within the preceding 5 years.
  • Must be currently employed in a Middle Management, Assistant Department Head, or Department Head position, and have 2 years experience in an eligible position within the last 5 years.
  • Duties equivalent to Assistant Department Head or Department Head may be approved under certain circumstances.

 DPSST will process all applications in the order in which the are received. 

 

Recognized College Credits:

Information about what college credits will be recognized for advanced and upper levels of certification can be found on our fact sheet as a Word or Acrobat file.