Chapter 464-6 INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION
For purposes of these Rules, there shall be two forms of certification by which an instructor may become certified to teach in a course approved by the Council:
|(a)||General Instructor Certification; and|
|(b)||Specialized Instructor Certification.|
Any persons serving as a general/specialized instructor in a basic course or other course approved by Council must submit application for certification, in such form as the Council may require.
All instructors wishing to teach in a course approved by the Council must be certified as an instructor unless otherwise is specified in accordance with these rules.
To qualify for certification as an instructor under these Rules, an applicant shall demonstrate competency to teach.
|(a)|| Competency shall be evaluated in terms of
three abilities, as follows:
|(b)||Competency with respect to possession of requisite skills and knowledge is demonstrated when an applicant provides suitable evidence of a high school diploma, or its recognized equivalent, and direct experience.|
|(c)|| Competency with respect to organization
of requisite skills and knowledge is demonstrated when an applicant provides
suitable evidence of the following:
Competency with respect to classroom presentation of requisite skills and
knowledge is demonstrated when an applicant provides suitable evidence of
one of the following:
|(e)||Suitable evidence of applicant's competency in each of the three abilities (possession of requisite skills, organization of skills and demonstration of effective presentation) shall be reflected in an application form provided by the Council. No applicant shall be certified as an instructor in accordance with these Rules unless application is made in such form as the Council may establish.|
Any persons serving as an instructor in the following subjects must be certified in accordance with these Rules.
|(g)||Master Resiliency Instructor.|
To qualify for certification as a specialized instructor under these Rules, an applicant shall demonstrate competency to teach.
|(a)|| Competency shall be evaluated in terms of
|(b)||Suitable evidence of applicant competency shall be reflected in an application form provided by the Council.|
No applicant shall be certified as a General or Specialized Instructor unless application is made in the form designated by Council and submitted through a POST certified academy director or a State departmental training officer.
Because of the inherent nature of certain professions or particular skill levels achieved, certain individuals may be requested to instruct. Such persons shall be designated as guest instructors and shall be recognized by Council as such. Guest Instructor recognition shall be granted only by the written request of the academy director or a professional criminal justice association recognized by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council. No Georgia certified officer shall be recognized as a guest instructor unless they have been awarded a "terminal degree" in the area of expertise that they are requesting to instruct.
A "terminal degree" is defined as the highest degree available in any given academic discipline.
Common examples of terminal degrees are Juris Doctorate (JD), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Doctor of Medicine (MD).
POST shall have the sole determination in deeming an individual's terminal degree as sufficient to instruct in any given subject regardless of whether they hold a peace officer certification in the State of Georgia.
The Council may withdraw or suspend the certification of any instructor when it is determined that an instructor has:
|(a)||Violated any portion of Georgia Code 35-8-7.1 (Authority of Council to refuse certificate to applicant or to discipline certified peace officer or exempt peace officer; grounds; restoration of certificate);|
|(b)||exhibited gross or patterned physical or verbal abuse of students;|
|(c)||consistently or grossly failed to meet the standards of student performance objectives in approved lesson plans;|
|(d)||intentionally or negligently endangered the safety of students or other instructors;|
|(e)||failed to comply with the Rules of an academy or Council approved association.|
The Chairman and Executive Director of the Council, if in agreement, may, in an emergency situation, temporarily suspend the certification of any instructor, pending a meeting of the full Council, when it is determined that a meeting of the full Council will not be held for at least thirty days and it is determined, after notice and an opportunity to be heard, that an instructor has intentionally or negligently endangered the safety of students or other instructors. Said suspension shall be effective only until the next meeting of the full Council.
P.O.S.T. certified instructors may become senior and master instructor trainers by teaching in the P.O.S.T. Instructor Training Course (ITC).
|(a)|| Requirements for Senior
Instructor trainer certification are:
|(b)|| Requirements for achieving the
Master Instructor Trainer Certificate are: