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Probation Officer Basic Course Certificate Public Safety Total Units: 5.5
Term Effective: Fall 2018


This single-course Skills Certificate will identify and specify the training necessary for entry level probation officers who have no prior training or experience in the correctional field. Issues addressed will consist of those knowledge and skills which are essential for the newly hired probation officer to meet minimum performance standards for entry level personnel and to obtain maximum benefit from subsequent on-the-job training experience. The student will be introduced to the adult/juvenile court systems and processes which will cover court reports, writing initial violator reports, case information gathering, conducting interviews and assessments. The student will also be introduced to crisis intervention counseling.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

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

  1. Student will be able to identify and demonstrate major tasks and responsibilities of a probation officer in the State of California as defined in a periodic statewide job analysis;
  2. Student will identify and describe the overall mission of a probation officer and its place in the California justice system as established in California law.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Probation Officer Basic Course Certificate program are:

  • Complete 5.5 units from
    • Probation Officer Basic Course Requirements

Probation Officer Basic Course Requirements - complete 5.50 units
AJ 365Probation Officer5.50

Term Effective: Fall 2018

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:

Probation Officer Basic Course - effective Fall 2016
Probation Officer Basic Course - effective Fall 2005
Probation Officer Basic Course - effective Fall 1995

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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