Commission on Correctional Peace Officer
Standards and Training (CPOST)

The Commission on Correctional Peace Officer Standards and Training (CPOST) per the Governor’s directive was re-established by the California Penal Code (PC), Sections 13600 through 13603.

In order for the CDCR to achieve its mission; sound applicant selection and training are essential. The greater degree of professionalism, which will result from sound screening criteria and a significant training curriculum, will greatly aid the CDCR in the custody and care of the state’s offender population.  As a pro-active measure in 2015, the Legislature re-instituted the CPOST in order to achieve these goals.  The re-instituted CPOST is tasked with developing, approving, and monitoring the standards for the selection and training of state correctional peace officers.

In addition, per the PC, the CPOST shall develop, approve, and monitor standards for advanced rank-and-file and supervisory state correctional peace officer training programs for the CDCR.


The Commission on Correctional Peace Officer Standards and Training (CPOST) elevates Department training by establishing statewide correctional training standards and facilitates the statewide Apprenticeship program; using a collaborative process to develop, establish, and monitor appropriate, relevant, and innovative training standards.


Lead the nation in establishing relevant and responsive correctional peace officer training standards.


The CPOST values guide our efforts in providing exceptional services to the state of California Correctional Peace Officer classifications.

  • Service: We serve and are responsible to Correctional Peace Officers and other stakeholders. We value their trust, invite their involvement, and challenge their growth.
  • Innovation: We support the use of advanced technology and techniques to transform and elevate correctional peace officer training.
  • Leadership: We are a positive role model that supports professional development, job performance, and staff wellness.
  • Accountability: We accept the responsibility of our mandate, understand the importance of our mission, and hold ourselves accountable to our stakeholders.
  • Respect: We appreciate the diversity of our stakeholders and gain insight from their feedback in our standards’ development process.
  • Trust: We honor our commitment and facilitate our charge with transparency, authenticity, and integrity.
  • Collaboration: We work with all stakeholders to encourage an exploration of ideas, ensuring an interactive development process driven by integrity and teamwork.