POST Rules: Chapter 11
MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR INSTRUCTORS
Section 1. Certification of Instructors.
(a) Any person serving as a training officer in a law enforcement agency or an accredited criminal justice training course or program in or for the State of Wyoming shall first be certified as an instructor by the Director.
(b) The Director shall certify instructors, pursuant to W.S. 9-1-703(b)(ii). Certification will be made on the basis of documented qualifications as set out in this chapter and shown on the applicant's application for certification.
(c) The Director may deny, or the Commission may suspend or revoke an instructor's certification when the instructor:
(i) Does not meet any of the requirements or qualifications for certification;
(ii) Has failed to keep abreast of the changes in the law in his areas of expertise;
(iii) Has demonstrated instructional incompetence; or
(iv) Is in violation of the Rules.
Section 2. General Instructor Certification.
(a) To qualify for general instructional assignments, an applicant shall satisfactorily demonstrate to the Director a combination of education and experience in criminal justice as well as proficiency in the instructional process satisfactorily to the Director. At a minimum, the applicant shall satisfy the following requirements for general instructor certification;
(i) Is a high school graduate, or has passed the General Education Development test (GED) indicating high school equivalency, and has acquired five (5) years of practical experience as a peace officer or as an administrator or specialist in a field relevant or related to the criminal justice system; or
(ii) Has been awarded an associate's degree from an accredited college and has acquired two (2) years of practical experience as a peace officer or an administrator or specialist in a field relevant or related to the criminal justice system;
(iii) Has been awarded a baccalaureate degree and has acquired one (1) year of practical experience as a peace officer or an administrator or specialist in a field relevant or related to the criminal justice system;
(iv) Will be employed as an instructor on a full-time basis, or instruct a minimum of eighty (80) hours per year; and
(v) Has completed an instructor training course or equivalent training approved by the Commission.
(b) Certification as a general instructor shall remain effective for two (2) years from the date of issuance. the instructor shall apply for re-certification at or before the end of the two (2) year period.
(c) Those instructors who have been certified as general instructors shall be deemed qualified to instruct at schools or academies which have been certified by the Commission to provide Commission mandated courses.
Section 3. Professional Lecturer.
(a) The Director may certify as a professional lecturer a person in a formally recognized profession (e.g., medicine, law, psychology), who by virtue of formal academic graduate degrees and professional experience has developed special expertise in a subject area material to the presentation of criminal justice training or educational programs.
(b) To be eligible for certification, an applicant shall:
(i) Be properly licensed or certified by the legally recognized licensing agency for the designated profession to actively engage in the specific profession;
(ii) Have acquired a minimum of one (1) year of practical experience in the designated profession and area of expertise; and
(iii) Obtained the endorsement of the director of a Commission recognized academy or school or the administrator, or representative thereof, of a department conducting in-service training, who must:
(A) Recommend the applicant's certification as a professional lecturer;
(B) Describe the applicant's expected participation, topic areas, duties, and responsibilities in criminal justice conducted by the academy, school, or department;
(C) Describe the attributes showing the applicant to be a beneficial contributor to the delivery or presentation of a criminal justice training; and
(D) Specify the professional subject area and training course or courses in which certification is requested.
(c) Certification as a professional lecturer shall remain effective for two (2) years from the date of issuance. The lecturer shall apply for re-certification at or before the end of the two (2) year period.
(d) A certified professional lecturer may participate in repetitions of the same training course or courses for which certification is granted so long as there have not been changes therein which have altered the topical areas, duties, and responsibilities of the lecturer.
Section 4. Practitioner Lecturer.
(a) The Director may certify as a practitioner lecturer those persons who, in the opinion of the Director, have developed specific motor skills and abilities by virtue of special training, practical experience, and demonstrated expertise.
(b) To qualify for certification as a practitioner lecturer in a topic area, the applicant shall:
(i) Show the Specialized training or experience of the applicant in the specific topic of skill for which certification is sought by;
(A) Documenting the completion of supplemental training in the specific topic area from an organized, recognized, and generally acknowledged institution, agency, or company which frequently presents such training programs in the ordinary course of its business or activities;
(B) Showing evidence of a minimum of three (3) years of practical, progressive experience in the specific topic area, including prior instruction assignments in the skill area for which the applicant is seeking certification; and
(C) The Commission strongly recommends that practitioner lecturers attend and complete an approved instructor training course since their specialized training ordinarily would not provide information concerning psychology, methodology, fundamentals of instruction, and communication skills needed to impart knowledge in a consistent manner.
(ii) Obtain the endorsement and recommendation of the applicant's administrator which:
(A) Specifically designates the applicant's area of expertise; and
(B) States the topical areas and criminal justice training courses in which the applicant is expected to participate.
(c) Certification as a practitioner lecturer shall remain effective for a period of two (2) years from the date of issuance. The lecturer shall apply for re-certification at or before the end of the two (2) year period of certification.
(d) To qualify to practitioner lecturer re-certification the applicant shall provide documentation of sixteen (16) teaching hours per year.
Section 5. Guest Participant.
(a) The Director may approve persons to participate in the presentation or delivery of a criminal justice training course as a guest participant. Categories of a person who may be approved as a guest participant include, but are not limited to, private citizens, victims of crime, actors, prisoners, probationers, parolees, sex-offenders, and juvenile offenders.
(b) To apply for approval as a guest participant, the applicant's administrator shall specify the person's topic area, duties and responsibilities, the attributes qualifying the applicant as a guest participant in a specified training course, and the means by which the school director or department administrator will supervise the person's participation in the course.
(c) Approval as a guest participant remains effective only for the duration of the specific training course or program in which the guest participant is utilized. Approval shall be obtained each time the person's participation is sought, even if the subsequent participant is a repeat of the program for which approval was originally granted. The approval may be initiated by telephone or written communication to the Director; however, a written authorization shall be issued by the Director prior to the person's participation in any accredited training program.
(d) If a guest participant is scheduled to participate for more then two (2) hours in any training session, a lesson outline shall be submitted to the Director.