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Background Investigation Certificate Public Safety Total Units: 0.5
Term Effective: Fall 2011


This single-course certificate is designed for those individuals who conduct preemployment personnel background investigations for public safety employment. The student will be introduced to the federal and state fair employment laws, job dimensions, job traits, and essential functions of the background investigator. The student will understand the role and responsibilities of the investigator in the preemployment background investigation process, and will gain the ability to conduct effective preemployment interviews as well as how to document a thorough preemployment background investigation.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the background investigation process;
  2. Demonstrate the responsibilities involved in conducting a public safety pre-employment background investigation;
  3. Explain the role of the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) as a resource for conducting a pre-employment background investigation; and
  4. Recognize the laws and regulations involved in the background investigation process.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Background Investigation Certificate program are:

  • Complete 0.5 units from
    • Background Investigation

Background Investigation - complete 0.50 units
AJ 350Background Investigation0.50

Term Effective: Fall 2011

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Previous Versions:

Background Investigation - effective Fall 1981

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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