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Provisional Certification

Provisional certification is an interim certification that affords a qualified out-of-state officer the opportunity to obtain employment as a Colorado peace officer while completing the requirements for Basic certification. Please note that Provisional certification candidates must have required paperwork and forms submitted and approved by Colorado POST prior to starting employment with an agency.

Officers who are fully certified in another state (or certain federal law enforcement agencies), and have served for a minimum of one year within the last three years qualify for Provisional certification. If you do not meet the requirements, you must attend a full Basic academy.

While you may apply for positions and advise the agencies that you are undergoing the Provisional process, you MUST receive your Provisional letter prior to beginning employment!

  • If you have worked with an out-of-state agency within six months and have completed all of the paperwork, POST will issue a Provisional Certification letter. You will have up to six months to take the POST written certification exam, as well as the skills exams.
  • If you have a break in service of longer than six months, you must pass the written POST certification examination prior to receiving Provisional certification. You may begin working for an agency and will have six months to complete the three skills tests to receive Basic certification.

If an applicant does not meet all criteria for Provisional Certification a variance can be requested.

Provisional Certification Process

Please follow the instructions below to begin: 

Provisional Application Forms Packet
  • Print the Provisional Application Forms Packet. This packet contains all necessary forms to begin the provisional process. Please read the intro letter carefully for more detailed information and requirements.
  • Complete the necessary forms. If at all possible, please download and complete the fillable forms on the computer prior to printing for signatures.
  • Scan and email (or fax or mail) pdf forms and other required documentation to POST at the physical address below, or fax number 866-858-7486. Please do not send documents as jpegs.
  • Do not send incomplete packets. Incomplete packets will not be accepted.
Background Check

Fingerprints must be submitted as part of the POST background check. Even if you have submitted fingerprints to an agency as part of their hiring process, you must still submit fingerprints for the POST background process. Review the Instructions for Submitting Fingerprints.

Supplemental Materials
  • Download and/or print the Supplemental Provisional/Renewal Materials Packet. This packet contains the Curriculum Bibliography, Study Recommendations, and Basic Academy Requirements for your convenience.
  • Download and/or print the Skills Proficiency Manual. This manual gives detailed information on what to expect when demonstrating your proficiency in the skills areas.
Certification of Non-United States Citizens

The Department of Law ("DOL") and the Peace Officer Standards and Training ("POST") Board are committed to following all federal and state laws governing the certification of peace officer applicants, for both U.S. citizens and non-citizens alike. This page is intended to provide guidance to non-U.S. citizens who are considering applying for POST certification.

Federal law allows states to provide public benefits, including POST certification, to some non-U.S. citizens. The following non-U.S. citizens can receive POST certification:

  • Lawful permanent residents;
  • An alien who is granted asylum under § 208 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA);
  • A refugee admitted under § 207 of the INA;
  • An alien who is paroled into the United States for a period of at least one year under § 212(d)(5) of the INA;
  • An alien whose deportation is being withheld because the federal Attorney General has determined that such alien's life or freedom would be threatened in such country on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion;
  • An alien who is granted conditional entry under § 203(a)(7) of the INA;
  • An alien who is a Cuban or Haitian entrant;
  • A nonimmigrant under the INA, or
  • An alien who is paroled into the United States for less than one year under § 212(d)(5) of INA.

There are also several categories of non-citizen immigrants who may not be eligible for POST certification, but this area of law is very complicated and it is impossible to anticipate the specific facts of each situation. For example, law enforcement agencies should always consult their attorneys about certain categories of immigrants, like those with employment authorization under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program or other individuals who may lack lawful status in the United States. For more information,see8 U.S.C. § § 1621(a) and (c), 8 U.S.C. &, 1641, and C.R.S. § 24-76.5-103(1).

The DOL and POST are not able to provide legal advice about specific individuals or circumstances. Hiring agencies and candidates with questions about their specific circumstances should consult an attorney.

Click for a printable PDF version of the POST Board Guidance Regarding Certification of Non-United States Citizens.

Non-US Citizens must provide confirmation of high school or GED equivalence by obtaining a credential evaluation report from a service recognized by the US Department of Education. Please see Credentialing of Foreign Degrees for further information.

Test Out

The one-day test out is given every other month. The test out includes both the written exam and skills exams. During the skills evaluation, the applicant must demonstrate proficiency in firearms, driving and arrest control by evaluation against POST proficiency standards for each skill. There is no instructional time during the test out. If you have not maintained your skills, we suggest you attend a Refresher academy to reinforce your skills before being tested. See Exam Schedule for exam dates.

The test out is held at the Adams County Sheriff's Office FLATROCK Training Facility at 23600 E 128th Ave, Commerce City CO 80022.

The fee to test out is $125 for each of the three skills. The written exam fee is $150. Registration and advance payment of $525.00 is required in order to participate in the test out process.

Click here for information about making an online payment. Certified checks, agency checks, or money orders may also be used as payment. Cash or personal checks will NOT be accepted.

Exam fees are not refundable, however, if you cannot attend the date for which you registered, the money will be credited for your next exam date.

Basic certification will be awarded upon successful completion of the one-day test out, provided all other requirements have been met.

Refresher Academy

A Refresher academy is a two- or three-week academy that consists of both academics and skills training in firearms, driving and arrest control. The written exam is administered on the last day of the academy. If all requirements are met and the POST exam passed, the applicant will be awarded Basic certification.


For questions about certification, please use the following phone number or e-mail:



All application materials should be submitted to

FLATROCK Training Center