California is the only state that refers to its probation officer training program as Core Training. The rest have different titles like Arizona's Academy or New York's Fundamentals of Probation Practice. All adult and juvenile probation officer new hires are required to attend an entry-level certified training class that ranges from 180 to 200 hours, according to the California Commission on Standards and Training for Corrections (STC). Adult and juvenile corrections officers also attend state-mandated training.
According to the Probation Officer Core Training Course Manual, the training covers some of the following topics: agency training interventions, confidentiality, substance abuse, family violence, psychological issues, interviewing techniques, monitoring probationers, officer safety and CPR.
Fees for the training range from $104 to $344, depending on class location. Sometimes veteran's benefits and financial aid are available, and some departments may subsidize or completely pay for the class.
Two locations offering Core Training are Fresno and Los Angeles. The Fresno class is open only to current probation officers. The Los Angeles class accepts enrolled students through the college and offers five hours of college credit for attending.
Core Training in California, in South Bay, lasts four weeks, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays. Upon completion, 200 course training hours are offered. However, though the Fresno training class also lasts four weeks, only 80 training hours are granted upon completion.
Upon completion of the training, potential candidates must successfully pass a test covering four areas: job knowledge, written skills, behavior skills and physical skills.
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