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Your POST certification exam scores will be listed on your training report in the POST portal. For portal access, please contact us at 720-508-6721 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Request for POST Portal Access page.
The POST certification exam must be taken and passed within two years of the date of graduation from an academy. Applicants have up to three attempts to pass the POST written certification exam. A minimum score of 70% is required to pass, no exceptions. Please see the Exam Schedule.
The cost of the exam is $150.00 and must be paid with a money order, certified check or agency check and submitted PRIOR to taking the exam. No credit cards, personal checks, or cash payments are accepted.
Please contact POST at 720-508-6721 or email email@example.com or contact POST Compliance Coordinator at 720-508-6724 for further information.
In order to become POST-certified, which is required for all Colorado law enforcement, you must attend a POST-APPROVED ACADEMY.There are 23 Basic academies, one Refresher academies, and seven Reserve academies in the state. Some agencies will sponsor applicants through their academies if they are being hired by that agency. Others are self-sponsored and run through a community or technical college. The cost for each academy is different, as is the number of hours in each program. The minimum required Basic program is currently 556 hours. All current academy programs are longer.
To qualify for Provisional (out-of-state) certification transfer, you must be fully certified and working as an officer for one year within the last three years. Please see the Provisional Certification page for further details.
If an applicant fails any of the skills programs (Law Enforcement Driving, Arrest Control, or Firearms) while attending an approved academy, they must attend the full skills program again and successfully complete it before you can take the POST certification exam. You must complete the failed skill(s) and the certification exam within two years of the date of graduation from the academy.
Applicants must contact POST Compliance Specialist Kimberley Richardson 720-508-6724 or firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know which skills program and academy you will attend, including the academy name and dates of the program attending, e.g., "I failed firearms at Pueblo CC and will be attending the Pikes Peak CC academy firearms program that starts on _____ and ends on _____ and is ____ hrs."
Prior to attendance at a second academy, academy directors at both academies must also contact Ms. Richardson to confirm approval of the applicant's attendance. The originating academy director must allow the other academy's program to be used. For example, if Pueblo CC's firearms program is 98 hrs, and Pikes Peak is 73 hrs, Pueblo CC must approve the shorter program. Each academy sets their own curriculum which may meet or exceed the minimum required by POST.
When the skills program is successfully completed at the other academy, the director must advise Ms. Richardson and the originating academy director that the academy skills program was successfully completed. The applicant's graduation certificate from the originating academy will be emailed to the applicant from POST and will reflect the graduation date as the day the applicant completed the skills program. Applicants must complete all exams and programs within two years of the originating academy graduation date to complete the POST certification exam and become certified.
There is no online academy. Each Basic academy is a minimum of 556 hours and you must be present to attend. Please see the list of POST-approved academies for information on each individual academy.
Yes. POST requires certification in First Aid and CPR from a course of your choice, which may be taken online.
Yes. Officers who have been certified in Colorado may renew certification at any time after expiration. To begin the process, please print the Renewal Application Forms Packet which contains all forms and information needed to renew certification, submit these forms to POST, and complete fingerprinting according to instructions HERE. These items are listed on the Certification Renewal Page.
Alternatively, you may choose to attend a Refresher Academy, at which all forms will be provided prior to graduation.
There are three certifications in Colorado: Basic, Provisional, and Reserve certifications. Basic certification is provided to officers after successful completion of an approved academy or after completing the Provisional certification process. Provisional certification is an interim six-month certification for officers transferring from out-of-state police agencies. Reserve certification is issued after completion of a Reserve academy. Please click on the certification type to visit the pertinent page for further information.
There is supplemental materials packet which includes the study recommendations list and a bibliography of recommended and required source materials available on both the Provisional and Renewal pages of the POST website along with further information about the test. Print or download the Supplemental Provisional/Renewal Materials Packet.
If you have attended the FLETC academy and meet the Provisional requirements, you may qualify for Provisional Certification. Please contact POST at email@example.com for more details.
FLETA academy graduates or military police officers must attend a full basic academy.
Colorado statute requires that officers wishing to transfer be fully certified in another state and have served at least one year in the last three years to be eligible for Provisional Certification. Qualified applicants may either go through a skills test out in the Denver area within six months, or attend a refresher academy. Please see the Provisional Certification page for further information or to begin the process of applying for a Provisional certification.
You may print a copy of your POST certificate via the POST Portal from your profile page.
Many agencies require that an officer have full POST certification prior to hiring. Those agencies want applicants that have completed a full POST academy and have passed the POST certification exam. They will not pay for you to attend an academy. Those agencies list POST certification as a requirement for hiring.
Other agencies, typically large agencies with their own academies, will hire an individual and then require completion of their academy, regardless of certification status prior to hiring. For example, Colorado State Patrol has their own academy, and you must attend their academy to become a trooper, whether you have previously obtained POST certification or not. You would apply and then attend the CSP academy as an employee.
Please visit the Approved Academy page for specific academy contact information.
The POST test out is available for Provisional and Renewal applicants to obtain certification in Colorado.
You must be pre-registered for the test out and all paperwork must be submitted and approved prior to attending to ensure qualifications for certification are met.
Requirements and necessary paperwork for Provisional applicants is available on the Provisional Certification Page.
Requirements and necessary paperwork for Renewal applicants is available on the Certification Renewal page.
The cost for the skills test out is $525.00 and must be paid prior to the test out.
The Skills Test Out is a proficiency exam in the driving, arrest control, and firearms skills. If you fail a skill on the day of the test out or stop the firearms testing before the third attempt, you will need to pay an additional $125.00 for each skills re-test done at a later time.
For more information please visit the Certification page or contact POST at 720-508-6724 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A conviction or a deferral of any Decertifiable Misdemeanor (or its equivalents) will prevent applicants from becoming POST-certified. If a conviction or a deferral exist and an individual wishes to attend an academy and become POST-certified, they must appeal to the POST Director for a Rule 8 variance. Please see Rule 8 - Process for Seeking Exemption From Statutory Certification Restrictions for further information.
Any felony conviction prohibits an individual from becoming POST-certified. ONLY deferred felonies are eligible to request a variance under Rule 8.
A conviction of any felony or certain De-Certifying Misdemeanors will result in revocation of a Basic or Reserve certificate. The term "conviction" includes prosecution, judgments and sentences imposed by a court or judge. For further information, see POST Rule 9 - Revocation of Certification.
The revocation process is initiated when a certificate holder is convicted of, or granted a deferral for, a felony or certain Misdemeanors.
First, an Order to Show Cause is served upon the certificate holder. The certificate holder is ordered to provide documentation as to why it is in the public's best interest for them to remain a certified Peace Officer.
Next, the POST Director, in their sole discretion, determines the merits of the documentation provided by the certificate holder and may move forward with revocation. The POST Director's decision is final unless appealed to the POST Board within 30 days of the decision.
Finally, the POST Board will decide whether or not to hear the appeal. If it is heard, a five-member panel of board members will hear the appeal. The five member panel's decision will be deemed the final board action, at which point the applicant will be notified.
Colorado Senate Bill 19-166 was passed during the 2019 legislative session, giving POST the authority and responsibility to revoke certifications for official findings of untruthfulness. More information regarding the Notification of Untruthfulness can be found HERE.
Applicants have up to three attempts to pass the POST written certification exam. If all three attempts are failures, the applicant must attend another full basic academy. Academy students must take and pass the POST written certification exam within two years of the date of graduation from the academy. Please see the Exam Schedule and contact POST at email@example.com to sign up for a second or third attempt.
To be eligible for the POST certification exam applicants must:
Once an applicant becomes POST-certified, the certification is valid for three years. Once a certified officer is hired with an agency, the certification is extended indefenitely or until three years after the date of separation from that agency.
Conditional Authority was discontinued August 8, 2012. Individuals who were certified under Conditional Authority and were working at an agency as of August 8, 2009 were given full certification including a certificate, PID number and card. Those individuals who had not been hired were given a letter of certification which expired three years from the date of their original Conditional Authority certification. Individuals with an expired Conditional Authority certification may renew their certification. Please see the Certification Renewal page for further information. Please note: Effective July 2013 POST no longer issues PID cards.
POST DOES accept federal police officer and agencies that require Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) academy certification.
A Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation (FLETA) approved academy is not acceptable. There are several federal agencies that we accept, provided you are fully certified and have served full time at least one year in the last three years. Please contact POST at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see the Provisional Certification page for further information on becoming certified in Colorado after completing a FLETC academy. If you qualify, you may either go through a full test out in the Denver area, which is held every other month, or attend a Refresher Academy. See the Exam Schedule here.
POST Rule 17 states that "Every POST certificate holder shall keep current his or her name, home address, mailing address, email address, home telephone number, or cell phone number through the POST portal."
Please make updates to address, phone number or email address by logging into the POST Portal, selecting "Manage Profile" on the upper right, and choosing the appropriate drop-down. Please complete the Individual Portal Account Request form if you do not have access to the POST portal.
The only time POST requires a form is for a legal name change, in which case, please submit a Form 5 electronically to email@example.com or by mail to 1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203. Please include a copy of your new driver's license, marriage license, or court order with the completed and signed Form 5.
Any felony conviction prevents becoming certified to be a peace officer in Colorado.
Certain misdemeanors will also prevent becoming certified in CO unless granted a POST Rule 8 variance. The term 'conviction' includes deferred judgments and deferred sentences imposed by a court or judge. List of Misdemeanors Affecting Certification
This includes any misdemeanor in violation of the law of any state, or any local municipal code ordinance that is the equivalent of any offense specified in the link above. If your deferred judgment has been satisfied and the conviction was dismissed, you may be certified. However, if you are certified and receive a deferred conviction, POST will start the process to revoke your certification. After successful completion and dismissal of the charges, you may appeal to have your certification reinstated.
A juvenile court conviction will not affect your ability to become certified, as a juvenile court conviction is considered an adjudication.
Agencies may request PID numbers for non-certified personnel via the POST Portal to allow non-certified staff to attend POST training.
Please log into the POST portal and select the "Academy Resources" tab to view available WebForms. Individuals cannot request issuance of their own PID numbers. Name, DOB, and SSN are needed to obtain a PID number, along with the assignment (animal control, corrections, civilian, etc).
If there are multiple staff members requiring PID numbers, please contact Lori Jencks at 720-508-6721 or firstname.lastname@example.org for the PID request form and instructions.
The Colorado POST Portal allows agencies to appoint officers to their roster and enter training records. It also allows officers to view and change their personal information, view, print, or email a copy of their training records, download or print their certificate(s), and view their employment history.
Portal accounts are associated with email addresses, which serve as usernames. If you do not have a password, click on the Forgot your password link below the login and a new, temporary password will be emailed to you. To request individual portal login information, please visit the Request for POST Portal Access page.
The POST Identification Number (PID) is a unique, computer-generated number assigned to individuals for identification in the POST Acadis database. The PID number is used to track certification, employment, and training.
PIDs which are 6 digits have a certification number of five digits with a "B" e.g. (Bxxxxx). PIDs which are 8 digits have the same number as the certificate number with a "B" e.g. (Bxxx-xxxx).
If you have access to the POST portal, you can find your PID number on your profile page. You may also contact POST at 720-508-6721 or email@example.com.Effective 2013, POST no longer issues or replaces PID cards.
General POST forms are located on our POST Forms page under the tab "About POST" Grant forms are located on our Grant Forms page under the tab "Grants."
Please send general email inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further contact information can be found on our Contact Us page.
To apply for an In-service training scholarship, please contact your training region. Please contact academy staff regarding scholarship for academy attendance.
To be eligible for a grant award, the applying entity must be local government, college, university, or not-for-profit organization providing peace officer training. Grants are not provided to individuals.
More information can be found on the Grants page.
POST funds through the Continuing Education Grant Program allow peace officers in the state of Colorado to attend training free of charge. To apply for these funds, please contact your training region.
Please contact academy staff for information regarding scholarship for academy attendance.
The State of Colorado is divided into 10 Training Regions. Please see the Training Region page for the region map and contact information.
It is your responsibility to check each state to determine whether they have reciprocity.
A person between the age of 18 and 20 may use marijuana if they have a valid medical marijuana card issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). They are allowed to buy and possess their own product and paraphernalia.
Marijuana use is not permitted in public spaces in Colorado. Please check your local city/county ordinances for a better understanding of the areas around your home that are considered private.
No. There are no exceptions for use in public for medical marijuana users. Public use of marijuana is prohibited in Colorado.
No. There is no provision for allowing minors to consume marijuana even with parental consent
No. Each city and county has local control, which allows them to ban the sale of recreational marijuana in their city or county.
Please go to the Marijuana Enforcement Division website to find locations which allow the sale of recreational marijuana.
No. Colorado does not have medical marijuana reciprocity with any other state
No, recreational marijuana is prohibited on school property.
No. What is bought here must stay here.
POST Board members are volunteers appointed by the Governor. Applicants may apply via the Governor's Office of Boards and Commissions. Applications are valid for one year. Terms are effective from the date appointed by the Governor and expire on June 30th, three years later, unless a member is filling a vacated term. Positions are eligible for reappointment for a second three-year term.
POST Board openings are posted on our website and emailed to agencies, academies, and other organizations, depending on the opening requirements. For further information on the pertinent C.R.S. sections and POST Rules, please see the POST Board page.
In order to create a diversified board, the governor shall consider an applicant's age, gender, race, professional experience, and geographic location when making appointments to the board. The non-law enforcement members shall complete a citizens' law enforcement academy prior to appointment or within one year after appointment.
Agendas and Minutes for POST Board meetings are located on our Agendas/Records of Proceedings page. The past three year's agendas and minutes are available online. If you require minutes for an earlier date, please contact POST at email@example.com.
The POST Board Meeting Schedule can be found on the POST Board page. Meetings are held quarterly, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Meetings are open to the public. Agendas and Minutes are also available on the POST Board page.
You must successfully complete a Colorado Basic academy or be going through the Renewal or Provisional process to be eligible to take the certification exam.
The cost of the written certification test is $150.00, payable by certified check, agency check or money order. Payment should be received by POST 10 days prior to the test date. The POST written exam is held the third Wednesday of the month at 1300 Broadway, across from the Denver Public Library and the State Capitol, unless otherwise noted. Please see the Exam Schedule for dates and times.
Please call Kimberly Richardson at 720-508-6724 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
YYou may register for the skills test out through the POST portal. After logging in, select "Available Training" then check the "Skills Program" filter under "Refine Your Search." If you do not have access to the POST Portal, please complete the Individual Portal Account Request form.
You may also register by calling POST Compliance Specialist Kimberly Richardson at 720-508-6724 or email email@example.com. The cost of the skills test out is $525.00. Payment (certified check, money order, or agency check only) must be received by POST 10 days prior to the skills test out date. Please make payment out to Colorado POST and note the date of the test out for which you are registering.
Prospective SME members must submit a completed application for membership and include supporting documentation and letter of support from their agency.
Each committee has specific qualifications for membership. The application process may include an interview with current committee members. Selection is made on merit as well as POST's needs at the time of appointment. Please see the SME Committees page for further information.
SME stands for Subject Matter Expert. SME Committees are comprised of law enforcement professionals and lay members with appropriate expertise who volunteer their time and knowledge to assist the POST Board and staff, contributing professional technical support by:
Agency training coordinators must enter your training. If you have registered for a class via the POST portal, that training will be entered by POST following completion of the class.
Training records are available for review via the POST Portal. Training History reports include all training, certifications, and employment records and can be printed or emailed via the portal.
If training has not been entered into your record, please contact your agency's training coordinator. If your question is not resolved, please contact POST ln-Service Training Manager Robert Baker at 720-508-6719 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE NOTE: Prior to January 2015 in-service training was not required by POST. Training taken prior to that date may not appear in your training record. POST will not enter training prior to that date.
NOTICE: The online DNA and Anti-Bias courses will be changing effective August 16, 2015. Additional information will follow.
The DNA Evidence Collection online course is available through the POST Portal. After logging in click on the Training drop-down at the top of the page and then on the DNA filter. Choose the DNA-DNA Course 1 to begin the training. For further information, please see the DNA Evidence Collection and Retention page.
If you do not have POST Portal access, complete the Individual Portal Account Request form.EFFECTIVE AUGUST 15, 2015, THE ANTI-BIAS ONLINE COURSE IS NOT AVAILABLE THROUGH POST. POST WILL HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE AVAILABLE SHORTLY. FURTHER INFORMATION WILL FOLLOW. For further information, please see the Mandatory Anti-Bias Training page.
The following training is currently mandated by the State:
All certified peace officers in the State of Colorado that fall under CRS 16-2.5-102, must complete 24 hours of training every calendar year, referred to as "In-service" training. In-service training must include 12 hours of perishable skills (Arrest Control, Firearms, and Driving).
For further information regarding In-service training and In-service grants, please visit the Training page. For instructions on entering In-service training as a Training Coordinator, please visit the Portal Instructions page.
Effective January 15, 2015 POST requires officers employed by or serving as reserves for an agency to complete 24 hrs of training each calendar year, 12 hours of which must be perishable skills (Driving, Arrest Control, and Firearms).
Training coordinators must record this training in the POST Portal so that POST can verify compliance. For more information regarding entering training or In-service training requirements, please contact Bob Baker, POST In-Service Training Coordinator, at 720-508-6719 or by email email@example.com.
To sign up for training in the portal, select the Training tab, and then select Browse/Sign Up for Training. Under "Refine Your Search" you can filter the search by selecting the Program, Date, or Location.
If you don't have the ability to register, your agency may have chosen to allow only training coordinators to register staff for training. Please contact your department if you wish to register for a class.
Those that aren't employed do not have the ability to sign up for training, as registration is reserved for actively employed peace officers.
A list of available test out and exam dates and courses is found on the POST Portal.
To sign up for a training course or exam date, please contact your agency training coordinator if you have not been granted self-registration access through the portal.
Colorado POST will only approve training courses under the following circumstances:
Yes, Colorado POST will only approve training courses under the following circumstances:
After January 2015, all in-service training is tracked and is viewable via the POST Portal. Training is entered by agency training coordinators and/or agency executives, or by POST, if the course is POST-provided. Officers may check their training record at any time, and must contact their agency training coordinator if training after January 2015 does not appear in their record.
Training prior to January 2015 may not be reflected in training records. POST did not require in-service training and only tracked courses with an approved POST course number. POST does not enter any training courses completed prior to January 2015. Please contact your agency training coordinator if you feel you must have this training added to your profile.
Agency training coordinator(s) and/or agency executives must enter your training into our Acadis database. POST-provided courses, such as Introduction to Marijuana for Law Enforcement, will automatically be added to your record shortly after completion.
Training records are available for review via the POST Portal. The Training History Report includes all entered training, certifications, and employment records and can be printed or emailed to selected email addresses. If you attended training not listed on your record, please contact your agency training coordinator to discuss getting it entered.
PLEASE NOTE: Prior to January 2015, In-service training was not required by POST. Training completed prior to that date may not appear in your training record. POST will not enter training prior to that date.