Administrative Code

Virginia Administrative Code
Title 6. Criminal Justice and Corrections
Agency 20. Department of Criminal Justice Services
1/29/2020

Chapter 80. Rules Relating to Certification of Criminal Justice Instructors

6VAC20-80-10. Definitions.

The following words and terms when used in this chapter shall have the following meaning unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

"Academy director" means the chief administrative officer of a certified training academy.

"Apprenticeship" means a period of supervised instruction, occurring after satisfactory completion of an approved instructor development course, wherein the instructor applicant is evaluated by a certified instructor during mandated instruction or another course of instruction approved by the academy director.

"Certified training academy" means a certified training academy that provides instruction of at least the minimum training standards mandated by the board and has been approved by the department for the specific purpose of training criminal justice personnel.

"Criminal justice agency" means any government agency or identifiable subunit that has as its principal duty(s): the prevention, detection, and investigation of crime; the apprehension, detection, and prosecution of alleged offenders; the confinement or correctional supervision of accused or convicted persons; or the administrative or technical support of these functions, and is designated by the Code of Virginia as coming under the purview of the Department of Criminal Justice Services.

"Department" means the Department of Criminal Justice Services.

"Director" means the chief administrative officer of the department.

"Instructional staff" means any individual employed in training on a full-time basis who shall instruct mandated training.

"Instructor" means an individual who has complied with all of the applicable standards for certification or recertification, whichever applies, contained herein and is eligible to instruct or teach mandated training at a certified training academy.

"Mandated training" means training that satisfies compulsory minimum training requirements such as entry-level and in-service training.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR240-01-12 § 1, eff. July 1, 1986; amended, Virginia Register Volume 6, Issue 16, eff. July 1, 1990; Volume 8, Issue 16, eff. July 1, 1992; Volume 24, Issue 23, eff. September 1, 2008.

6VAC20-80-20. Compulsory minimum standards for instructors.

Individuals instructing mandated training shall possess one of the following certifications authorized by the department, excluding those enumerated in 6VAC20-80-50:

A. Provisional instructor certification. For the individual who has not previously met the requirements for instructor certification, this certification:

1. Requires a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate (GED);

2. Requires that the individual has met the compulsory minimum training standards for the primary function for which employed by a criminal justice agency, if applicable;

3. Does not authorize an individual to instruct or qualify others in mandated firearms, defensive tactics, driver training, or speed measurement courses; and

4. Is valid for not more than two years and is not renewable. An individual may apply for instructor certification upon meeting the requirements of this section and 6VAC20-80-60.

B. General instructor certification. For individuals who have professional or proficiency skills in a field directly related to criminal justice, this certification:

1. Requires a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate (GED);

2. Requires the applicant to be a sworn officer or an employee of a Virginia criminal justice agency, academy instructional staff, or an academy director. Nonsworn employees may apply for a general instructor certification provided that they only conduct training in their particular areas of expertise;

3. Requires a minimum of two years' experience in a criminal justice agency or two years of experience in the subject area the individual will instruct;

4. Requires the applicant to have successfully completed an instructor development course that meets or exceeds the standards of the instructor development course enumerated in 6VAC20-80-30;

5. Is valid for not more than three years, but may be renewed;

6. Requires the applicant to serve an apprenticeship, as specified in 6VAC20-80-40, with a certified instructor until the applicant can demonstrate the ability to successfully instruct without supervision. The certified instructor shall document this successful completion of the apprenticeship. This documentation shall be maintained at the certified academy at which certification is obtained;

7. Does not authorize an individual to instruct or qualify others in mandated firearms, defensive tactics, driver training, or speed measurement operator courses; and

8. Certification becomes null and void when the certified instructor is not employed by an agency that comes under the purview of the department.

C. Firearms instructor certification. For the individual who has had extensive firearms training and experience, this certification:

1. Requires a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate (GED);

2. Requires the applicant to be a sworn officer or an employee of a Virginia criminal justice agency, academy instructional staff, or an academy director. Nonsworn employees may apply for general instructor certification provided that they only conduct training in their particular area of expertise;

3. Requires a minimum of two years' experience in a criminal justice agency;

4. Requires the applicant to have attended and successfully completed an instructor development course that meets or exceeds the standards of the instructor development course enumerated in 6VAC20-80-30;

5. Requires the applicant also to have successfully completed a firearms instructors course that meets or exceeds the standards of the firearms instructors course approved by the department;

6. Is valid for not more than three years, but may be renewed;

7. Requires prequalification on a department "Modified Double Action Course or Virginia Tactical Qualification Course" with a minimum score of 90%;

8. Requires the applicant to serve an apprenticeship, as specified in 6VAC20-80-40, with a certified instructor until the applicant can demonstrate the ability to successfully instruct without supervision. The certified instructor shall document this successful completion of the apprenticeship. This documentation shall be maintained at the certified academy at which certification is obtained;

9. Authorizes an individual to instruct mandated firearms training courses and to conduct annual firearms qualifications only; and

10. Certification becomes null and void when the certified instructor is not employed by an agency that comes under the purview of the department.

D. Defensive tactics certification. For the individual who has had extensive training and experience in the area of defensive tactics, this certification:

1. Requires a high school diploma or a high school equivalency certificate (GED);

2. Requires the applicant to be a sworn officer or an employee of a Virginia criminal justice agency, academy instructional staff, or an academy director. Nonsworn employees may apply for general instructor certification provided that they only conduct training in their particular area of expertise;

3. Requires a minimum of two years experience in a criminal justice agency;

4. Requires the applicant to have attended and successfully completed an instructor development course that meets or exceeds the standards of the instructor development course enumerated in 6VAC20-80-30.

5. Requires the applicant also to have successfully completed a defensive tactics instructors course that meets or exceeds the standards of the defensive tactics instructors course approved by the department;

6. Is valid for not more than three years, but may be renewed;

7. Requires the applicant to serve an apprenticeship, as specified in 6VAC20-80-40, with a certified instructor until the applicant can demonstrate the ability to successfully instruct without supervision. The certified instructor shall document this successful completion of the apprenticeship. This documentation shall be maintained at the certified academy at which certification is obtained;

8. Authorizes the individual to instruct defensive tactics subjects only; and

9. Certification becomes null and void when the certified instructor is not employed by an agency that comes under the purview of the department.

E. Driver training instructor certification. For the individual who has had extensive training and experience in the area of driver training, this certification:

1. Requires a high school diploma or a high school equivalency certificate (GED);

2. Requires the applicant to be a sworn officer or an employee of a Virginia criminal justice agency, academy instructional staff, or an academy director. Nonsworn employees may apply for general instructor certification provided that they only conduct training in their areas of expertise;

3. Requires a minimum of two years experience in a criminal justice agency;

4. Requires the applicant to have attended and successfully completed an instructor development course that meets or exceeds the standards of the instructor development course enumerated in 6VAC20-80-30;

5. Requires the applicant also to have successfully completed a driver training instructors course that meets or exceeds the standards of the driver training instructors course approved by the department;

6. Is valid for not more than three years, but may be renewed;

7. Requires the applicant to serve an apprenticeship, as specified in 6VAC20-80-40, with a certified instructor until they can demonstrate the ability to successfully instruct without supervision. The certified instructor shall document this successful completion of the apprenticeship. This documentation shall be maintained at the certified academy at which certification is obtained;

8. Authorizes the individual to instruct driver training subjects only; and

9. Certification becomes null and void when the certified instructor is not employed by an agency that comes under the purview of the department.

F. Speed measurement instructor certification. This certification:

1. Requires a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate (GED);

2. Requires the applicant to be a sworn officer or an employee of a Virginia criminal justice agency, academy instructional staff, or an academy director. Nonsworn employees may apply for general instructor certification provided that they only conduct training in their particular area of expertise;

3. Requires a minimum of two years experience in a criminal justice agency, including two years experience in speed measurement;

4. Requires the applicant to have attended and successfully completed an instructor development course that meets or exceeds the standards of the instructor development course enumerated in 6VAC20-80-30;

5. Requires the applicant to have attended and successfully completed a speed measurement instructor school that meets or exceeds the standards established by the department;

6. This provision applies to all new personnel employed after July 1, 2007;

7. Is valid for not more than three years, but may be renewed;

8. Requires the applicant to serve an apprenticeship, as specified in 6VAC20-80-40, with a certified instructor until the applicant can demonstrate the ability to successfully instruct without supervision. The certified instructor shall document this successful completion of the apprenticeship. This documentation shall be maintained at the certified academy at which certification is obtained;

9. Authorizes an individual to instruct speed measurement subjects only; and

10. Certification becomes null and void when the certified instructor is no longer employed by an agency that comes under the purview of the department.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR240-01-12 § 2, eff. July 1, 1986; amended, Virginia Register Volume 6, Issue 16, eff. July 1, 1990; Volume 8, Issue 16, eff. July 1, 1992; Volume 24, Issue 23, eff. September 1, 2008; Volume 32, Issue 3, eff. December 1, 2015.

6VAC20-80-30. Compulsory minimum training standards for instructor development and recertification courses.

The board establishes the following compulsory minimum training standards:

1. An instructor development course shall include a minimum of 40 hours of training and must address each of the following subjects:

a. Role of the Instructor/Adult Learner

b. Fundamentals of Communication

c. Liability and Ethics of Instructors

d. Research and Development

e. Instructional Performance Objectives

f. Preparation and Use of Lesson Plans

g. Methods of Instruction for Adult Learners

h. Preparation and Use of Audio-Visual Material

i. Criteria Testing and Test Construction

j. Student Presentations

k. Optional Topics (subject(s) selected at the discretion of the academy director, if applicable, but must pertain to instructor development.);

2. An instructor recertification course shall include a minimum of two hours of training for each general instructor and all specialty designations. The director of a certified academy shall establish recertification criteria for that academy and submit completion of recertification training to the department.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR240-01-12 § 3, eff. July 1, 1986; amended, Virginia Register Volume 6, Issue 16, eff. July 1, 1990; Volume 8, Issue 16, eff. July 1, 1992; Volume 24, Issue 23, eff. September 1, 2008.

6VAC20-80-40. Instructor apprenticeship requirements.

A. The apprenticeship shall:

1. Occur after the successful completion of a Virginia certified or other equivalent instructor development course which meets or exceeds the standards of the instructor development course established by the department;

2. Be conducted under the supervision and evaluation of a Virginia certified instructor, who possesses at least three years of experience as a certified instructor in the topic of apprenticeship instruction; and

3. Consist of instructional presentation which shall total no less than four hours in duration for general instructor and no less than four hours in any specialty or skill area except for speed measurement, which shall consist of two hours. For the specialty or skill area the individual must demonstrate proficiency in both classroom and skills presentations.

B. The certified instructor shall document the successful completion of the apprenticeship in a manner prescribed by the certified academy that is conducting the apprenticeship.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR240-01-12 § 4, eff. July 1, 1986; amended, Virginia Register Volume 6, Issue 16, eff. July 1, 1990; Volume 8, Issue 16, eff. July 1, 1992; Volume 24, Issue 23, eff. September 1, 2008.

6VAC20-80-50. Exemptions to certification requirements.

The following individuals are exempted from the certification requirements set forth in 6VAC20-80-20:

1. An individual assigned by the academy director to instruct in emergency situations;

2. Individuals who possess professional or proficiency skills directly related to the subject matter in which they are instructing. This may include but not be limited to members of the bar, medical profession, public administrators, teachers, social service practitioners, etc. Documentation of skills may be requested and final approval, if necessary, rests with the department;

3. Subdivision 2 of this section may apply to employees of criminal justice agencies of this Commonwealth and its political subdivisions if approved by the department;

4. Certified emergency care and first aid instructors;

5. Individuals who serve as field training officers or on-the-job training officers for purposes of providing field training as required by minimum training standards. Such exemption shall not be construed to apply to training promulgated by the department other than field training or on-the-job training; and

6. Individuals who have conducted training as a subject matter expert may continue to conduct training in their area of expertise .

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR240-01-12 § 5, eff. July 1, 1986; amended, Virginia Register Volume 6, Issue 16, eff. July 1, 1990; Volume 8, Issue 16, eff. July 1, 1992; Volume 24, Issue 23, eff. September 1, 2008.

6VAC20-80-60. Application for instructor certification.

A properly completed "Instructor Certification Application" is required from each instructor prior to being considered for certification. The application shall conform to the format and requirements specified by the department.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR240-01-12 § 6, eff. July 1, 1986; amended, Virginia Register Volume 6, Issue 16, eff. July 1, 1990; Volume 8, Issue 16, eff. July 1, 1992; Volume 24, Issue 23, eff. September 1, 2008.

6VAC20-80-70. Instructor recertification.

Instructor certifications shall be valid for not more than three years. Individual instructors must meet all applicable recertification requirements by December 31 of the third calendar year following issuance of certification.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR240-01-12 § 7, eff. July 1, 1986; amended, Virginia Register Volume 6, Issue 16, eff. July 1, 1990; Volume 8, Issue 16, eff. July 1, 1992; Volume 24, Issue 23, eff. September 1, 2008.

6VAC20-80-80. Revocation of instructor certification.

A. The department may revoke any instructor certification issued under these rules if it is determined that an individual has:

1. Falsified any department report, application, form or roster;

2. Demonstrated instructional incompetence based upon observation and assessment; or

3. Otherwise misused the authority granted herein.

B. An instructor's certification may be recommended for revocation for cause upon written request of the chief of police, sheriff, agency administrator, or academy director.

C. When a certified instructor terminates employment with the criminal justice agency that recommended certification, or is no longer an employee of a Virginia criminal justice agency, or an academy director, the instructor certification shall become null and void. Upon reemployment with a Virginia criminal justice agency, the instructor's certification may be reinstated upon the written request of the chief of police, sheriff or agency administrator. Requests for reinstatement shall be authorized by an academy director.

D. Any instructor whose certification is revoked as provided in subsection A of this section shall not be eligible to reapply for certification for a period of three years from the date of revocation.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR240-01-12 § 8, eff. July 1, 1986; amended, Virginia Register Volume 6, Issue 16, eff. July 1, 1990; Volume 8, Issue 16, eff. July 1, 1992; Volume 24, Issue 23, eff. September 1, 2008.

6VAC20-80-90. Administrative requirements.

Reports will be required from the academy director, chief of police, sheriff, or agency administrator on forms provided by or approved by the director and at such times as designated by the director.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR240-01-12 § 9, eff. July 1, 1986; amended, Virginia Register Volume 6, Issue 16, eff. July 1, 1990; Volume 8, Issue 16, eff. July 1, 1992; Volume 24, Issue 23, eff. September 1, 2008.

6VAC20-80-100. (Repealed.)

Historical Notes

Derived from VR240-01-12 § 10, eff. July 1, 1986; amended, Virginia Register Volume 6, Issue 16, eff. July 1, 1990; Volume 8, Issue 16, eff. July 1, 1992; repealed, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 23, eff. September 1, 2008.

6VAC20-80-110. (Repealed.)

Historical Notes

Derived from VR240-01-12 § 11, eff. July 1, 1986; amended, Virginia Register Volume 6, Issue 16, eff. July 1, 1990; Volume 8, Issue 16, eff. July 1, 1992; repealed, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 23, eff. September 1, 2008.

Forms (6VAC20-80)

Criminal Justice Instructor Application for Certification/Recertification, eff. 9/1/99.

Criminal Justice Training Roster, Form 41, eff. 1/93. (Electronic Submission Only)



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