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IMPORTANT NOTICE – March 15, 2021

650-X-12-.02.02ER   Continuing Education during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • The Commission authorizes its Executive Secretary to adjust, for the calendar year 2021, the requirements of RULE 650-X-12-.02(7) relating to Continuing Education credit obtained through video, computer, multi-media, or satellite-based training for Law Enforcement Officers. Specifically, relating to the maximum of six (6) hours currently allowed for said training, that the maximum allowable hours may be increased to twelve (12) hours.

Training may be approved that does not include a post-viewing examination, provided the training is of the type that includes participation/accountability protocols and provides for documentation (i.e., email, electronic certificate, etc.) upon completion of training.  Documentation shall be retained by the agency.


Author: R. Alan Benefield, Executive Secretary

Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, §§36-21-40 et seq. History: Effective March 11,2021.


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IMPORTANT NOTICE – November 30, 2020


The Alabama Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission has adopted a revised training curriculum for the Basic certification training program. The 2021 basic academy curriculum is now 560 hours and is scheduled to be taught over a 14-week period.

The 2021 curriculum for the Lateral/Refresher program has been expanded from 95 hours to 120 hours and will be taught over a three-week period.

The 2021 academy training schedules have been adjusted to reflect the required curriculum. There is no increase in academy tuition for 2021.


IMPORTANT NOTICE – November 30, 2020

Click here to view the official letter regarding Psychological Evaluation Requirements beginning January 1, 2021. 


The Alabama Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission (Commission) has amended the Alabama Administrative Code (Peace Officers), RULE 650-X-2-.04 PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS AND PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATIONS, to require all academy applicants, both basic and lateral/refresher applicants, to submit to a psychological evaluation conducted by a Licensed Behavioral Health Professional. This requirement is effective with all applications submitted to the Commission on or after January 1, 2021. The Commission adopted APOST Form Number 3B, Psychological Evaluation, which is required to be submitted with each application. The complete text of the regulation is attached and can also be found on the APOSTC website.

The Physical Examinations requirement has been amended to comply with current statutes as to who is authorized to conduct physical examinations. APOST Form Number 3, Physical Examination, has been re-numbered to APOST Form Number 3A.

The Forms can be found on the APOSTC web site in the navigation panel.


  1. Physical Examinations. Each applicant shall submit to a complete physical examination conducted by a licensed Medical Doctor (M.D.), a licensed Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.), or by a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP) or a Physician’s Assistant (P.A.) who is licensed and duly authorized by state statute to conduct said physical examinations. The appointing authority shall designate one of the above-named health care professionals to conduct the physical examination. The health care professional conducting the examination shall certify to the Commission on APOST Form Number 3A that the applicant is physically fit and in good health to participate in the rigorous training conducted at a law enforcement academy and is physically fit to perform the duties of a law enforcement officer.


  1. Psychological Evaluations. Each applicant shall submit to a comprehensive psychological evaluation by a Licensed Behavioral Health Professional with experience in conducting Psychological Testing and Evaluations.  The Behavioral Health Professional shall have experience working with the law enforcement community. The report of the examining professional shall state whether the applicant is recommended or not recommended for employment/appointment as a law enforcement officer. The examining professional shall complete and submit to the Commission APOST Form Number 3B.

Should the report of the examining professional provide a recommendation other than “Recommended for employment/appointment as a law enforcement officer,” and the employing agency submits to the Commission an Application for Certification of the individual notwithstanding said recommendation, then the employing agency must provide documented, supplemental information to the Commission to support and validate the fitness of the applicant to be certified as a law enforcement officer.


  • The psychological evaluation administered to law enforcement officers must meet the approval of the Commission.


  • An applicant who fails to receive a positive assessment of his or her psychological evaluation is not eligible for employment/appointment for a period of one (1) year. The applicant is not exempt from Rule 650-X-2-.01.


IMPORTANT NOTICE – July 14, 2020

Click here to view the official APOSTC letter regarding remote BAT Administration.

The Basic Ability Test (BAT) is available for remote administration.


Due to COVID-19, many testing centers operated by the Alabama Community Colleges have been forced to close.  As such, it has become difficult, if not impossible, for individuals to sit for the APOSTC Basic Ability Test (BAT).   Calhoun Community College (CCC) has established a process to administer the BAT/ACT Work-Keys, remotely.


If your agency has employees or applicants who need to take this examination, this option may be of interest to you.  In order to utilize this option, your agency will need a computer with internet connectivity, and your agency will be required to provide a supervisory officer to proctor (witness) the examination.   Payment for testing services can be made with a credit card, or CCC can bill your agency on a per test/monthly basis. 


For more information regarding this process, please contact the ACT Test Center at Calhoun Community College; below you will find a phone number and email address.


Calhoun Community College – can be reached by email at actcenter@calhoun.edu or by phone at 256-306-2522.

IMPORTANT NOTICE – June 11, 2020 

TO:           All Law Enforcement Agency Heads

FROM:     Chief R. Alan Benefield, Executive Secretary

DATE:       June 11, 2020

SUBJECT: Required COVID-19 testing for applicants after enrollment in the law enforcement academy

Effective immediately, in an effort to prevent the introduction of COVID-19 into academy training facilities and minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for academy class members and staff, the following procedures are implemented.

COVID-19 Testing Required: All students enrolled in an academy session are required to be tested for COVID-19 prior to reporting to the academy for the beginning of training. The protocol for this testing/reporting procedure is as follows:

  1. The employing agency shall have the applicant tested for COVID-19 within fourteen (14) days of the academy start date.
  2. The report of a negative COVID-19 test shall be submitted by the employing agency to the academy not less than five (5) days before the session start date.
  3. An applicant who tests positive for COVID-19 will not be admitted to the academy class. The applicant may be rescheduled for a future class. If an applicant tests positive for COVID-19, the employing agency shall notify the academy and APOST HQ in Montgomery of the positive test results. CDC guidelines require that a person testing positive for COVID-19 is to be quarantined for fourteen (14) days. Therefore, an applicant testing positive in these circumstances will not be allowed to be retested for the purposes of academy admission for the scheduled session since he/she will be unable to meet the CDC guidelines. CDC employment guidelines should then be followed with the employing agency.
  4. Applicants’ restriction of movement. After taking the COVID-19 test, applicants shall immediately implement a self-controlled plan of restricted movement. This includes, but is not limited to, daily temperature checks, the use of face coverings, remaining at least six (6) feet apart from other person(s), staying out of groups and/or crowded places. These and other restrictions on personal association and movement are to be followed until completion/graduation of the academy training program. Failure to follow this and other COVID-19 academy protocols, whether required by the Commission or the Academy, may result in the student-recruit being dismissed from the academy.

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Alabama Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission
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RSA Union Building, 100 North Union Street, Suite 600

Montgomery, Alabama  36130

PHONE: (334) 242-4045

EMAIL: apostc@apostc.alabama.gov

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