- How can I contact POST?
Please refer Contact Us page.
- What is a PID number? Does POST still issue PID cards?
The POST Identification Number (PID) is a unique, computer-generated number assigned to individuals for identification in Benchmark. The PID number is used to track certification, employment and training.
Depending on when the PID was created, it comes in the following formats:
- Six digits: XXXXXX
- Four digits with a dash: XXXX-XXXX
- Three digits, dash, three digits: XXX-XXX
Effective 2013, POST no longer issues or replaces PID cards.
- Can non-certified agency staff obtain PID numbers?
Agencies may request PID numbers for non-certified personnel. First, make sure the individual is not already listed on Benchmark to avoid duplicates. If you are certain a new PID needs to be created, please fill out Benchmark PID Requests spreadsheet and return it to email@example.com.
The spreadsheet will automatically download to your computer after clicking on it.
- How can I change my name, address, phone number and email address?
POST Rule 17 states that "Every POST certificate holder shall keep current the POST certificate holder’s name, mailing address, email address, home telephone number, or cell phone number to the POST records management system."
Please make updates to mailing address, home telephone number, or cell phone number by logging into Benchmark. Email address can be updated by contacting POST at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The only time POST requires an additional form is when a legal name change is needed. Please fill out a Form 5 in Benchmark. Make sure to include a copy of your new driver's license, marriage license, or court order along with Form 5.
- Where do I find the POST Forms and Grant Forms?
- How can I apply for POST Board membership?
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.
- Are the POST Board agendas and minutes available online? Where can I find the POST Board Meeting schedule?
The POST Board meeting schedule can be found on the POST Board page as well.
- How do I become a Subject Matter Expert (SME) member?
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.
- What is an SME?
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:
- Providing recommendations to the board and staff regarding skills training programs, academic curricula and POST rules
- Reviewing documents and approving/denying academy programs, lesson plans, training sites and skills instructors
- Assisting POST staff with academy inspections and skills test outs.
- Can I do a first aid/CPR course online?
Yes. POST requires certification in First Aid and CPR from a course of your choice, which may be taken online.
- Can I renew my Basic certification once it expires?
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.
- What types of Peace Officer certifications are there in Colorado?
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.
- Is there a study guide for the POST written certification test?
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.
- Can military and/or military police officers go through the Provisional certification process?
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.
- Can I transfer my certification from another state?
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.
- How can I request a copy of my POST certification?
You may print a copy of your POST certificate via the POST Portal from your profile page.
- ARIDE, Basic, Reserve, and VIN certificates are printable.
- Instructor and Provisional Certification are NOT printable.
- What does 'must be POST-certified' on an application mean?
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.
- Who can attend a skills test out?
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.
- What are the misdemeanor offenses that affect certification?
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.
- What is the revocation process?
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.
- I failed the POST exam in an academy or on the first attempt. What are my options?
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.
- What are the Certification Exam requirements?
To be eligible for the POST certification exam applicants must:
- Have attended and successfully completed a Colorado POST-approved Basic or Refresher academy; or
- Be a renewal or provisional applicant; or
- Be an academy student that has failed the exam previously.
The POST written certification exam is generally given every month at the Denver office, and also at the one-day test out every other month. It is also given at the end of each academy class throughout the year. If you have failed the exam, please contact POST at 720-508-6724 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register to re-take it. Please see the Exam Schedule for dates and times.
Applicants may take the POST written certification exam up to three times within two years of graduation from your academy. The cost of the certification exam is $150.00 which must be paid by cashier's check, money order, department (agency) check or through the POST Payment Portal. No cash/personal checks are accepted. Payment is due prior to taking the exam.
- When will my certification expire?
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.
- Appointment as a reserve officer or are employment with the Colorado Department of Corrections maintains certification.
- Separation from an agency less than six months from the date of hire will revert certification expiration date back to the prior certification end date.
- Basic POST certification can be renewed at any time. Please see the Certification Renewal page for further information.
Reserve POST Certification expires following the same guideline as Basic Certification, but CANNOT be renewed. If expired, you must complete a full Reserve Academy Program.
Please see the POST Certification page for further information on certifications.
- What is Conditional Authority?
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.
- Can I go through the provisional certification process as a current or past federal police officer?
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 email@example.com.
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.
- What convictions will affect certification?
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.
- Where are my certification exam scores?
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.
- How long after I graduate do I have to complete the exam?
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.
- What are the Academy requirements for Colorado?
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.
- I failed the Skills Test. What are my options?
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.
- Online Academy
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.
- How do I register to take the POST written certification exam?
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 email@example.com to register.
- How do I register to take the skills test out?
You 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- How do I report my training?
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 email@example.com.
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.
- How do I sign up to take the DNA or Anti-Bias training classes?
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.
- What training is currently mandated by the State of Colorado?
The following training is currently mandated by the State:
- Colorado Dog Protection Act Training
- Mandatory Reporting of Abuse or Exploitation of Elders
- Basic School Resource Officer Training
- Anti-Bias Online Training
- What are the Rule 28 In-Service Training Program requirements?
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.
- What continuing education does POST require once a person is certified?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- How do I sign up for training on the POST portal?
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.
- How can I sign up for an exam or test out?
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.
- What is the Course Approval Process?
Colorado POST will only approve training courses under the following circumstances:
- Courses that are funded through the Continuing Education POST Grant Program
- Those that are legislatively mandated
- Academy and academy instructor programs in accordance with POST Rules 21 and 25
- Does my course need POST approval?
Yes, Colorado POST will only approve training courses under the following circumstances:
- Courses that are funded through the Continuing Education POST Grant Program
- Those that are legislatively mandated
- Academy and academy instructor programs in accordance with POST Rules 21 and 25
POST no longer offers POST approval for courses that do not fall into the above criteria.
- Does POST keep a record of all my training?
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.
- How do I request that training be added to my record?
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.
- Who is eligible to apply for a grant award?
Grants are not provided to individuals. 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.
Regional Grant Program: POST distributes grant funds via ten designated training regions. Employed Colorado peace officers are able to apply for a grant reimbursement for attending a training through their designated Training Region Grant Program.
In-Service Grant Program: To be eligible for a grant award an applicant must be a law enforcement agency. Grant awards are not provided to individuals.
In-Service grant funds may only be utilized by employed certified Colorado peace officers.
- What can POST grant funds be used for?
Funds are available to acquire training, conduct training and attend training for Colorado peace officers who are currently employed by a law enforcement agency. Examples of allowable costs are: tuition, lodging, travel costs, instructor fees, class supplies, travel costs, backfill, and overtime. In- or out-of-state travel is permissible using POST funds. Training equipment is also an allowable expense. Examples of allowable costs are: Simulators, Simunitions, training ammunition, targets, arrest control training gear, driver training equipment, range and driving track improvements, etc.
- What are the differences between the In-Service Grant and the Regional Grant Program?
Regional Grant Program: Trainings, scholarships and equipment which will be available to all law enforcement agencies within the designated Training Region should be applied for through the Regional Grant Program.
In-Service Grant Program: Agencies that want to purchase equipment, on-line training subscriptions, or training to meet in-service requirements that will be available to their agency should apply through the In-Service Grant Program.
- Where can I find a Training Region map and Training Region contact information?
The State of Colorado is divided into 10 Training Regions. Please see the Training Region page for the region map and contact information.
- I am an employed Colorado peace officer, how do I apply for grant funds to attend training?
Eligible Colorado peace officers may request grant funding by contacting their designated Training Region Coordinator. Click here to see a map of the designated regions and contact information.