Continuing Education

Continuing Education

Current P.O.S.T.-certified members can receive college credit for their Academy attendance and obtain an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Law Enforcement at Red Rocks Community College.  Contact Colorado State Patrol Academic and Training Coordinator, Janice Worthem, for more information.

The Colorado State Patrol Academy provides advanced and on-going training for its members.

  • Uniform Training
    • In-Service Training
    • Advanced Training
  • Assessment Centers for Promotions
  • Leadership and Supervision
  • Communication Officer Training
  • Civilian Training

In-Service Training
In-Service classes are provided each year for every uniformed member.  Topics at in-service are geared to provide all members with new information and tactics.  For more information on In-Service, click HERE.

Advanced Training
Throughout the year, advanced classes are offered to troopers.  Some of these classes are:

  • ARIDE
  • Driving Instructor
  • DTAC Instructor
  • Firearms Instructor
  • Fitness and Nutrition (Contact Trooper Ryan Holmes for more information)
  • Leadership in Police Organizations
  • Level II Accident Investigation
  • Level III Accident Investigation
  • Level IV Computer Aided Accident Reconstruction

Leadership and Supervision Training
Prior to testing, the Colorado State Patrol offers a readiness matrix information class for members interested in interviewing for promotion.  Also, the Colorado State Patrol has a formalized process for training prospective Sergeants and Captains supervision and leadership.  The subject matters include:

  • Balanced Scorecard Management
  • Budget
  • Complaints
  • Corrective Actions
  • Critical Incidents
  • Human Resources
  • Leadership
  • Performance Evaluations
  • Procurement and Contracts
  • Risk Management
  • Special Events
  • Strategic Advancement Plans

In addition to the Colorado State Patrol curricula, Northwestern University has two course offerings available to Patrol members.  The "First Line Supervisor" generally offered to Sergeants is a two-week course.  "Staff and Command" is a ten-week course available to Captains.  Members need to request attendance through their chain of command.  For more information on Northwestern University, contact Major Scott Copley.

Communication Officer Training
Communication Officers receive training on a yearly basis.  Some of the classes include:

  • Advanced Phone Techniques
  • Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD)
  • CPR and First Aid
  • Ethics
  • Life Enrichment
  • Terrorist Threat Assessment

For more information on Communication Officer Training, click HERE.

Civilian Training
Civilian training usually consists of classes that are specific to their duty and support the Mission of the Colorado State Patrol.  Contact your immediate supervisor for training needs.  The Academy offers civilian training classes such as:

  • Budgeting
  • Computer Software
  • Fitness and Nutrition

Jan Worthem

Janice Worthem
Academic and Training Coordinator