DPSST’s Criminal Justice Certifications (CJ Certifications) is responsible for ensuring board approved standards are enforced and ensure agencies are in compliance. This information is meant to aid DPSST and DOC Training Divisions in understanding the requirements for instructor certification.
Note: Only instructors teaching the board approved curriculum of a mandated training course can receive DPSST Instructor Certification.
- DOC Basic Corrections Course
- DPSST Basic Police
- DPSST Basic Correction Local
- DPSST Basic Parole and Probation
- DPSST Telecommunications
- DPSST Emergency Medical Dispatch
- DPSST Supervision (SLA)
- DPSST Management (OLMA)
- DPSST Adult Learning Core
Not all instructors must be certified, but all instructors teaching mandated courses must be reported to CJ Certifications via the F4 Personnel Action form. Personnel Action forms are required by rule to be submitted within 10 days of instructor hire, transfer, assignment, separations, etc. Employment relates to anyone being brought on, in any capacity, to instruct mandated courses and includes volunteer, agency loan, temporary, and part-time instructors.
- All Instructors must have a background completed
- When completing the Personnel Action form(F4) you must complete all fields in the Employee & Employment Section, New Hire Section, and Signatures Section. Below are some special considerations for an Instructor F4’s.
- Indicate Hired as a DOC/DPSST Instructor
- Must have background completed as detailed in 259-008-0015.
- Note: Fingerprints are not required for Instructor certification. Leave blank on F4.
- Note for instructors hired by DPSST Training Division: If the individual has been hired full time at DPSST and currently holds Police, Corrections, Parole and Probation, Telecommunicator, EMD, or Regulatory Specialist Certification, you must also check the box appropriate discipline on the F4 if they wish to maintain their certification.
Regardless of certification status, if an instructor separates from employment or is no longer going to be utilized as an instructor, CJ Certifications must be notified via a
Personnel Action-Separation (F4s) form within 10 days of separation from their instructor role. The Explanation/Reason for the separation section must be provided for DPSST CJ Certifications to determine what type of separation to record and if a Professional Standards case should be opened. Upon separation, if the instructor has DPSST Instructor Certification, that certification will be expired effective the date of separation unless a professional standards case is opened.
Instructors who have primary responsibility to teach a group of students a mandated course must possess DPSST Instructor Certification. Instructors who do not have DPSST Instructor Certification cannot teach students without another certified instructor present. Primary Responsibility means individuals who have sole responsibility over a group of students for any part of instruction. These would be the instructors that are reported to CJ Certifications on the Class Schedule Report at the end of class. Not all instructors are required to be certified. Only those that will have primary responsibility of a group of students during any portion of a mandated course.
- Once an instructor is ready to be certified, as determined by the employer, an
F9 Application for Instructor Certification must be submitted ensuring the following requirements:
- Instructors must be currently employed or utilized as an instructor for DPSST or DOC.
- Instructors Must have successfully completed of the appropriate instructor development training:
- DPSST: Instructor must successfully complete the board-approved DPSST Adult Learning Core Course.
- DOC: Instructors must complete a DOC approved instructor development course or possess the knowledge and skills, as determined by DOC to instruct the mandated course.
Instructors must not have any convictions, criminal dispositions, or a history of conduct that would adversely impact the instructor's position as a role model, a leader within the public safety profession and a source of expertise for critical learning components
Upon separation of employment or utilization as an instructor, that individual's instructor certification will be expired, unless a professional standards case is opened. Instructors with expired certifications must follow the hire process detailed in this document to begin the process to be granted a new instructor certification. If the instructor has been expired over three years, they must attend the appropriate instructor development training detailed under Certification Requirements.
- F9 Instructor Certification Application