Law Enforcement

Background Investigations Course

Jun 19 2017 - Jun 23 2017


This 36 hour course incorporates the most recent California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) curriculum and includes the fundamentals of background investigation, job dimensions, areas of inquiry, interviewing as applied in the pre-employment setting, information sources, the use of psychological screening, polygraphs, legal aspects of background investigation and verbal/non-verbal communications.

Designed For:

This course is designed to introduce and train the skills necessary to be effective background investigators. The course is not designed to aid applicants in passing a background investigation. This course is open to all qualified students.


Recommended but not required: Basic Police Academy certification [or equivalent] or private investigator's certificate [or equivalent].

You must be hired with an agency/company requiring background investigations in order to attend this course. In lieu of agency representation, we require a letter on your agency/company letterhead stating the need for this course. The letter must be submitted with your course registration fees.

A laptop capable of playing a CD (supplied at classtime). Wi-Fi capability for the laptop is also suggested.

Dress Code: Business Casual - No Jeans - Collared shirts for men, Women sleeveless tops need to be collared; sleeved blouses may be without collar.


36 Hours


0.50 Semester Unit


Certificate awarded upon completion.

College of Record

Gavilan College


The Academy at Coyote Valley
560 Bailey Avenue
San Jose, CA 95141


$175.00 Deposit of $50.00 required for all non-agency sponsored or self-sponsored students.

POST Plan IV CC# 2540-30340-16005

All classes require full payment or a designated deposit at time of reservation. We accept Visa and MasterCard (a transaction fee of 2% will apply), cash, money order and cashier's check (made payable to SBRPSTC). Agency billing may also be arranged. Financial aid and VA benefits may be available. All fees subject to change.

Meeting days/times

M-Thur 0800-1700; Friday 0800-1200


Agency personnel: please phone in (or email to: the following information:

  • Class Requested
  • Agency Name
  • Training Officer (TO) Name
  • TO's Email Address
  • Phone Number
  • Attendee Name(s), Email Address, DOB

Self-sponsored students: Contact our main office at (408) 229-4299 to register. Be prepared to submit partial or full payment, depending on the class. All registration documents and final payment must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the start date of the course. Only certain courses have downloadable registration materials; click here to view a list of those courses.

All students are required to pay for the course by the first day of class.

All students are required to apply through OpenCCC. Refer to the College of Record, listed previously on this flyer, then click here for step-by-step instructions according to that college. (Exceptions: POST Management Course or any other Contract course.)

Non-U.S. Citizens

If you are not a U.S. citizen but have a Permanent Resident card, email a copy of the front and back of the card (indicate the class in which you are registering) to:

Cancellation / Refund Policy

Out of consideration for people who are on a waiting list please cancel your reservation no later than 21 days prior to first day of class. After the 21-day cancellation period, students will forfeit $50 for unexcused cancellations after 5/26/17. Substitutions or transfer of registration to another (qualified public safety) member is permitted.

Course Cancellation

Each class has a minimum enrollment requirement. If the minimum enrollment is not reached for the course three weeks before the class begins, the class will be cancelled, and deposits will be refunded in full.

*ALL FEES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. NO EXCEPTIONS. When possible students will be advised of any fee changes prior to course start date. Tuition fee increases made at anytime by the State Chancellor's office may require collection of additional fees from students. We Accept Visa, MasterCard, Money Order, Cashier's Check, Cash or Agency Billing (by arrangement). Make Money Order or Cashiers Checks payable to: SBRPSTC

Out of State or Non-Affiliated students who have not lived in California for at least one (1) year and one (1) day prior to start of college semester are subject to "out of state" college registration fees in addition to the fees listed above. Please check with our staff for details and exact costs.

This program is presented through the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium of Community Colleges (SBRPSTC), which includes Gavilan College, Monterey Peninsula College, Ohlone College, Hartnell College, Foothill College, Lake Tahoe Community College, Mission College, College of San Mateo, Cabrillo College and the San Jose Evergreen Community College District.

Only courses and programs presented for college credit will be funded, transcripted and certified through one of these accredited institutions.