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About the Instructor Certification Program (ICP)

In its continuing role as the leader of the criminal justice training community, the Criminal Justice Training Commission has established a comprehensive Instructor Certification Program (ICP). The ICP works to prepare a cadre of highly skilled trainers capable of developing and presenting effective training using an adult facilitative learning process.  

The ICP develops initial training, and developmental support of instructors. Additionally, the certification recognizes achievement of education, training, and experience by an instructor with a demonstrated level of competence. 

Please Note: The Instructor Certification Program only applies to those instructors teaching WSCJTC sponsored curriculum. This program does not apply to private security firearms instructors, reserve academy instructors, mock scene raters, monitors/assessors, and those teaching in-service, agency or regional specific training. For other exemptions, please access the WSCJTC ICP Policy.


ICP Categories

General Instructor: For individuals who have professional or proficiency skills in a field directly related to criminal justice.

Psychomotor Skills Instructor: For individuals who have developed specific motor skills and abilities, by virtue of special training, and demonstrated experience, for defensive tactics, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, radar, or any other skill area specified by the Commission.

Professional Lecturer Instructor: For individuals, by virtue of academic degrees and professional expertise, have developed special knowledge in a subject area that they are instructing. This may include, but not be limited to members of the Bar, medical profession, psychologists, and public administrators.

Who does ICP Benefit?
The overall benefits of instructor certification include increased professionalism, verification of competency, and improved quality and effectiveness of training. For the instructor, it creates opportunities for job satisfaction and career development. The WSCJTC provides trainers with the skills, knowledge, and materials they need to be effective. For the WSCJTC, the quality of training is improved and partnerships with customers and stakeholders arestrengthened. 


Who must be certified?
The Instructor Certification Program is an internal program and policy for the WSCJTC. Persons instructing a WSCJTC course or curriculum under our auspices must be certified. This includes instructors for the basic law enforcement and corrections academies as well as individuals who teach WSCJTC sponsored courses for the Advanced Training Division and Telecommunicator programs. Individuals who teach while sponsored by other organizations, such as vendors, in-service, agency or regional specific training, in reserve academies, or for the private security program are NOT required to be certified.

If I am not a current WSCJTC instructor, how can I become certified?
In order to meet program specific needs, the selection process varies among programs ; e.g. BLEA will post and send out instructor recruitment information, some programs recruit from specific agencies/regions, and others, including DT and Firearms, require extensive training to be considered.
If you are interested in instructing for us, contact the manager for the division or program in which you are interested. They will advise you of their openings, needs, prerequisites and processes. Only after you have been identified and selected as an apprentice instructor by the program manager can you proceed through the ICP process.

What is the ICP process?
After selection as a potential instructor and completion of all required instructor development course(s), a candidate completes a hands-on apprenticeship under the direction of a certified instructor/mentor. After successful completion of the apprenticeship, an applicant may submit the required paperwork for approval by the ICP board. If approved by the board, a subject is then certified. Certification is valid for two years, after which the instructor must apply for recertification. For more specific information about these processes please refer to the  WSCJTC ICP policy.

 I still have questions, who can I contact?
If you have questions about ICP  please contact Program Manager Lee Brandt, e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Phone: Office 425.257-8446 Cell 425.239-8322 Fax 425.257-6506.

Forms (Updated June 2011)


Required Forms:

Checklist (Word) (ALL)                                     Recertification/Add Subject Application (Word)

New Instructor Application (Word)                                     Instructional Log (PDF) (Word) (Recertification’s only)

New Instructor Evaluation/Apprenticeship (Word )            Instructor Exemption Form (Word)

Applications may be submitted via:

 e-mail : This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  OR

Fax:  206-835-7926

Contact ICP Program Assistant Sacheie Coaxum via e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Phone: 206-835-7340

Standards & Policies

(Available In PDF format)

Instructor Certification Program Policy
Apprenticeship Guide
Mock Scene Rater Standards

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