How do I become a police officer?
In Georgia, the peace officer certification process is regulated by the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council (POST). Candidates interested in becoming a peace officer in Georgia must complete an application with POST prior to enrolling in GPSTC’s Basic Police Officer Training Program.
Candidates pursuing Basic Training at GPSTC must meet the following minimum requirements: be at least 18 years old, be a citizen of the United States, have a high school diploma or its equivalent, not have been convicted of a crime for which the punishment could have been imprisonment, undergo a background investigation, be fingerprinted, undergo a physical examination, complete an entrance exam, and be interviewed by the manager of the GPSTC Regional Academy where the student will attend training.
Upon meeting or completing the above requirements, candidates may enroll in GPSTC’s Basic Law Enforcement Training Program. The training is a rigorous program that takes 11 weeks to complete. After a candidate has completed the program, they are eligible for POST certification and for employment as an entry-level law enforcement officer.
The Basic Law Enforcement Training Program is taught by the GPSTC staff at the main campus in Forsyth or at one of six satellite training facilities located throughout the state. If you are interested in becoming a Peace Officer, please call the regional academy that you are interested in attending.
I am a certified law enforcement officer in another state or with the federal government. Can I transfer this certification to Georgia?
If you are certified in another state or were a federal peace officer and have not had more than a three (3) year break in service, you may be eligible to exempt portions of the Georgia Basic Law Enforcement Training Course. If you feel that you meet this requirement, you may request an equivalency rating from the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council (POST). In your written request, you must include:
- Your basic course completion certificate
- A copy of your state-issued certification, and
- Law enforcement history (resume)
For more information contact the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council.
I completed training at GPSTC, but it’s not showing on my POST record. Why is that?
If the class you took was an online course, you must allow at least four weeks for POST to update their training records. Classroom-based courses take less time to upload, but they are not uploaded until the instructor or course coordinator delivers a completed roster to the Registrar’s Office, which can take up to seven days. If your classroom-based course hours are not reflected after 14 days or your online course hours are not reflected after four weeks, you should contact the Registrar’s Office at (478) 993-4458.
The class I want to take is full and/or I’m on the waiting list. Can I try to walk on?
GPSTC makes every effort to accommodate your requests to attend training. If the class you’d like to take appears full, we encourage you to register for it anyway so that you can be placed on the waiting list. Often the instructor can add additional students from the waiting list.
If you have not received confirmation of acceptance into the course at least 48 hours prior to the course beginning and you decide to try to walk on, we cannot guarantee that you will be placed in the class.
I’d like GPSTC’s course lesson plans. How do I get them?
Thank you for your interest, but except for those courses that are designated as hand-off courses, we do not provide lesson plans for our courses. Visit our hand-off course web page for details on requesting and conducting hand-off courses.
How can I get a transcript of the classes I’ve taken at GPSTC?
The Georgia Public Safety Training Center maintains records of every class you’ve taken at GPSTC. Additionally, all course-related materials that you need for upcoming classes that you are currently registered for are available as well. Simply sign into the GPSTC Access login page. If you have not yet set up your online account, choose “Setup Student Account.”
Keep in mind that GPSTC only keeps records of classes taken at GPSTC. If you have taken GA POST-certified training courses at any other training facility, they should appear on your GA POST record. Please contact the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council for questions regarding your GA POST record.
I need a certificate reprinted. How do I do that?
Many certificates for courses that you have completed will be located in your GPSTC Access page. Simply log on with your user ID and password to see which certificates you can access. If you do not see the certificate you are looking for, please contact the Office of the Registrar at (478) 993-4458 for reprints. There is a fee for re-printing and mailing certificates.
What is needed to progress through Intermediate and Advanced certification?
The Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council has the statutory authority for issuing all certifications involving peace officers in Georgia. An excellent description of the requirements for any GA POST certification is available on the GA POST website along with the relevant applications including Intermediate and Advanced applications.
The statutory mission of GPSTC is to provide training, including the training that qualifies law enforcement officers for Intermediate and Advanced Certification. We regularly offer the courses that qualify law enforcement officers for the Intermediate Certification and Advanced Certification, which are as follows:
Intermediate (158 course hours)
Health & Wellness
Emergency Medical Responder
Advanced (152 course hours)
Advanced Report Writing
Advanced Traffic Law
Crime Scene Processing
Interviews & Interrogations
Search Warrants & Affidavits
Specialized Patrol Techniques
What do I need to bring to class and how do I print the materials I need to bring to class?
Everything that you need to bring with you to the class you have registered for is listed in the course description. If anything else is needed, the course coordinator or instructor will email you before the first day of class.
If your course has a manual or materials that need to be printed, they will be located in your Student Access page. Simply log into your page and select the course you have registered for select the manuals or materials you would like to print.
What are the physical requirements for becoming a police officer or to attend training?
The physical standards vary based on the requirements of the agency that employs you. Although the minimum requirements for Peace Officer Certification are set forth in the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Act (O.C.G.A. 35-8), these represent only the minimum state physical requirements. Individual peace officer agencies routinely require more than the state minimums. You may find more information at the POST website at: http://www.gapost.org.
As far as the physical requirements for GPSTC, there are no across-the-board physical requirements past the state minimums with the exception of special courses and basic mandate courses offered by one of our resident agencies (e.g. Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Department of Natural Resources). Those limited occurrence special courses, which include several physical fitness programs, give the requirements for each course in the course description listed in our calendar. You may learn more about these courses by browsing our course catalog.
How do I contact the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council?
The Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council (POST) is the agency that certifies all peace officer training in the state of Georgia. Peace Officers are required to obtain 20 hours of POST-certified training each year.
Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council
5000 Austell-Powder Springs Road
Austell, Georgia 30106
Phone: (770) 732-5974
FAX (770) 732-5952