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The APOSTC/AELECTS website functionality has now been moved to https://www.apostc.alabama.gov Please update your bookmarks.  

 

 


NOTICE -

APOSTC ANNUAL FIREARMS QUALIFICATION

The agency firearms instructor must be a certified firearms instructor in one of the disciplines recognized by APOSTC for the purposes of certifying the required APOSTC annual firearms qualification. The three APOSTC recognized firearms instructor disciplines are FBI, NRA and FLETC. APOSTC requires firearms instructors who either conduct yearly qualifications for their agency, or instruct at an academy to complete approved continuing education every three (3) years.  APOSTC rules currently approve either the FBI firearm instructor updates or the APOSTC Firearms Instructor Development Class (FIDC).

A firearms instructor shall not qualify themselves. 

 


NOTICE -

CHANGES - APOSTC LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING CURRICULUM ** EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2018 **

On June 28, 2017, the Alabama Peace Officers' Standards and Training Commission (APOSTC) revised the certification and re-certification requirements to require successful completion of the Law Enforcement Emergency Vehicle Operation Training course.  This requirement applies to both the Basic (520 hour) Law Enforcement Academy and in the Lateral Entry / Refresher Course (95 hour) training programs.  Successful completion of training includes passage of the cumulative driver skills course on one of three qualification attempts. Any trainee who fails to pass the cumulative driver skills course on one of the three attempts, will be allowed, at the written request of the employing Agency, to attend the next available academy to re-take the twenty-seven (27) hours of Law Enforcement Emergency Vehicle Operations Training (provided the trainee passes all other phases of the original academy session and does not exceed the statutory six (6) month provisional appointment time).  If the trainee fails to pass driver training at this point, the trainee is deemed to have failed the Academy and is barred from employment and certification as a law enforcement officer for two (2) years.

 

On November 15, 2017, the Alabama Peace Officers' Standards and Training Commission (APOSTC) officially adopted changes to the law enforcement training curriculum.  The Basic (520 hour) Law Enforcement Academy Training Curriculum has been revised to expand the Mental Health Awareness block of instruction from four (4) hours to eight (8) hours, to decrease the Alabama Immigration Law block of instruction to one (1) hour, and to decrease the Cybercrime Identity Theft block of instruction to seven (7) hours. In addition, the Lateral Entry / Refresher Course (95 hour) has been revised to include a four-hour block of instruction on Mental Health Awareness, to decrease the Alabama Immigration Law block of instruction to one (1) hour, and to decrease the Director’s Time to six (6) hours.

 Click to view the 2018 Basic Academy and Lateral/Refresher Curriculum  

 


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ACT WORKEYS ASSESSMENT ADOPTED AS BASIC ABILITY TEST (BAT) ** EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2017 **

In partnership with the Alabama Community College System, the Alabama Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission (APOSTC) has adopted the ACT WorkKeys Assessment as the official Basic Ability Test (BAT) for all applicants for Law Enforcement Officer and State Correctional Officer employment and certification. This requirement is effective July 1, 2017.

In addition to possession of a valid high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate, the BAT is required of all applicants, excepting those applicants who have been previously APOSTC certified and who are required to complete the Refresher training for reinstatement of their Certification, or, those applicants possessing an earned Associate’s Degree or higher Degree from a College or University accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), or its regional equivalent.

Individuals who do not possess a valid ACT WorkKeys Assessment (BAT) may test at any Alabama Community College within the State. A list of Alabama Community Colleges can be found here. Applicants or their agencies may contact the community college nearest their location for scheduling and other related information.

A fee of $45, payable to the community college, is required prior to testing. Should an applicant fail any segment of the three segment test, the applicant is allowed to re-take that segment for an additional fee of $15 per segment.

The ACT WorkKeys Assessment is available nationwide. Subject to the employing agency’s approval, out-of-state applicants may take the ACT WorkKeys Assessment (BAT) in their home state provided proper documentation of a valid test result is submitted to both the employing agency and APOSTC.

For complete information relating to the BAT and ACT WorkKeys Assessment requirements please read the entire text of Chapter Two (2) of the Alabama (APOSTC) Administrative Code, as amended. Also review the "Frequently Asked Questions" section of this website under "What is the Basic Ability Test (BAT)?

 


REQUIRED TRAINING -

ALABAMA LAW ENFORCEMENT'S ROLE IN IMMIGRATION

On November 8, 2011, the Alabama Peace Officers' Standards and Training Commission (APOSTC) officially adopted the "Alabama Law Enforcement's Role In Immigration, Act 2011-535" training program for Alabama Law Enforcement Officers. In the same action, the Commission voted unanimously that this block of instruction is required in the Basic (520 hour) Law Enforcement Academy and in the Lateral Entry / Refresher Course (95 hour) training programs, and, is required continuing education training for all certified Alabama law enforcement officers who are employed and/or appointed.

Any officer requiring this training may contact any of the APOSTC training academies to schedule your attendance.

ACTIVE SHOOTER TRAINING 

On August 20, 2014, the Alabama Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission (APOSTC) voted unanimously to require that all certified law enforcement officers receive a minimum of sixteen (16) hours of Active Shooter Training. The requirement provides that the Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO) of the law enforcement agency shall determine who in his/her agency are responders to or, are likely to be responders to an Active Shooter situation and are therefore required to complete Active Shooter Training. The Active Shooter training discipline (example the ALERRT program) will be determined by the CLEO. Once the active shooter training has been completed, the law enforcement agency is required to record the training in the ePOST / AELECTS system as continuing education, using the description “Active Shooter Training” followed by the name of the program. 

ALERRT Active Shooter training is required in the Basic (520 hour) Law Enforcement Academy and in the Lateral Entry / Refresher Course (95 hour) training programs. Active Shooter Training received in the academy programs satisfies the Commission’s requirement for Active Shooter Training.

Any officer requiring this training may contact any of the APOSTC training academies to schedule your attendance.

NOTE: ANY OFFICER WHO RECEIVED AT LEAST 16 HOURS OF ACTIVE SHOOTER TRAINING, IN AN APPROVED DISCIPLINE, PRIOR TO THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS REQUIREMENT, IS DEEMED TO HAVE SATISFIED THIS REQUIREMENT.

 


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APPLICATION DEADLINES

In an effort to properly serve all agencies across the state, APOSTC is requesting strict adherence to the deadline for academy application submissions.

Completed Academy applications MUST be submitted to APOSTC, no later than THREE WEEKS PRIOR TO ACADEMY START DATE.  Please navigate to the deadline dates on the Academy Schedules of this website to check deadline dates. 

Completed applications include the electronic application, paper application, and all supporting documents. Incomplete applications cannot be processed and will be returned to the agency for completion and resubmission. Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated.

 


NOTICE -

APPLICATION INFORMATION

APOSTC can only process applications that are complete and have been properly submitted online through our ePOST / AELECTS system.  As a reminder to all agencies, after your “Paper Documents” check, you must click “Save Statuses” on screen.  You will then go to the “Change App Status” screen and click “Submit to APOST for Further Processing” and “Submit”.  At that point, if completed properly, the applicant's status will reflect APOST ACTIONS.  Please visit the View/Select Applicant screen to check the most current status of your agency's applicants.  If the applicant's status reflects anything other than APOST ACTIONS, it has NOT been submitted to APOSTC and our office CANNOT begin processing the application.   

 


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ONLINE FORMS  

The APOSTC Document Repository is online.  To access these documents, visit our website at www.apostc.alabama.gov, on the left-side of the Home page click on “Forms”. Application packages and individual forms, Continuing Education Credit Applications, Firearm Qualification forms and Information Request forms may be accessed from this page.

The forms contained on this page are PDF images, not fillable forms.  Please do not attempt to type onto these pages displayed on your screen.  The forms are there for your agency to print on demand, as needed. PRINT THE REQUIRED FORM AND TYPE OR HAND WRITE ALL REQUESTED INFORMATION.  

NOTE: In order to ensure use of the most current form, print the forms as needed - do not print multiple copies for future use. Also, do not attempt to upload any forms to a fillable PDF program, or, create your own version of the forms – APOSTC will NOT accept these forms.

 


NOTICE -

PLEASE UPDATE OFFICER DEMOGRAPHICS  

Please routinely correct and update all demographic information, i.e. height, weight, etc., for each of the officers assigned to your agency.  Please keep in mind that every blank must be filled in order to submit changes to the form.  Also, the "HEIGHT" blank must have an entry in inches.  For example, an officer is 5'10" you would enter in the height of 70 inches.   

Please check each record for accuracy on your list of officers and make any necessary entries to employment history.

 


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