Standard Definition:

A level of skill or knowledge which is attainable, measureable, tied to the essential functions of a classification that meets the minimum requirement under policy and the rule of law. 

Scenario Standard Definition:

Academies will provide reality based, job related task-simulations designed to afford cadets/students with the opportunity to practice, perform and improve competency.

Standards Groupings for Basic Correctional Officer Academy (BCOA):

Use of Force (UOF):

  • UOF Policy/Procedure
  • Alarm Response
  • Correctional Tactical Training
  • Arrest and Control
  • Cell Extraction
  • Chemical Agents
  • Baton
  • Impact Munitions
  • Firearms
  • PC 832


  • First AID/CPR
  • Fire Safety
  • Prevention of Infectious Disease
  • Emergency Operations
  • Managing Stress
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Fitness
  • Infectious Disease
  • Staff Suicide
  • Workplace Health and Safety


  • Communication and De-Escalation Techniques
  • Rehabilitation in California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)
  • Report Writing
  • Staff Rights and Responsibilities
  • SOMS


  • Ethics
  • EEO/Sexual Harassment
  • Code of Silence
  • Peace Officer Bill of Rights
  • Victims of Crimes

Custody Staff Responsibility:

  • Key and Tool Control
  • Perimeter Security
  • Restraint Gear
  • Armstrong and Clark
  • Form 66 and 602 Appeals
  • Drug Awareness
  • Escape Prevention
  • Female Offenders
  • Information Security
  • Inmate Count
  • Disciplinary Process
  • Inmate Work Incentive
  • Integrated Housing
  • Legal Issues
  • Prison Rape Elimination Act
  • Radio Communications
  • Search and Inmate Property
  • Security Threat Group
  • Transportation of Inmates


  • Orientation
  • Apprenticeship

The BCOA will provide Orientation training to new cadets entering into the BCOA in accordance with departmental policy. The BCOA will provide Apprenticeship training to all new cadets entering into the BCOA in accordance with departmental policy.

Standard Presentation

Apprenticeship Program

The mission of the Apprenticeship Program is to administer the Operation Procedures and standards for the entry-level Correctional Peace Officer apprentices, integrate high quality related and supplemental instruction, and to provide professional competence through structured on-the-job training in a variety of work assignments.

In order to facilitate efficient operation of the Apprenticeship Program statewide, the CPOST developed the Apprenticeship Coordinator’s Office (ACO) to oversee the daily operations and to act as a liaison between the field (LAS and apprentice) and the CPOST Executive Board.