Law Enforcement

Basic Traffic Collision Investigations

May 14 2018 - May 18 2018


This course will provide in-depth instruction into the multiple disciplines of traffic collision investigation. Topics covered include: scene management techniques and introduction to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, highway engineering definitions, Nine-Cell Matrix, incident scene photography, primary collision factors, identification and documentation of physical evidence, measuring and diagramming methodology, use of the Northwestern University traffic template functions and nomographs, and an in-depth discussion on proper traffic collision documentation and Highway Patrol Manual 110.5, Collision Investigation Manual (CIM).  This course will satisfy the prerequisites for the Intermediate Collision Investigation course, as well as the requirements of Vehicle Code Section 40600.


Chuck Swift is a lieutenant with the California Highway Patrol and certified Traffic Accident Reconstruction Specialist.  He has over twenty four years of collision investigation experience, including eight years as a core team member of the Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT).  Lieutenant Swift has been teaching traffic collision investigation classes, from basic through reconstruction, for nearly twenty years.

Designed For

This course is designed for sworn public safety personnel with traffic collision investigative responsibilities.


40 Hrs.


1.0 Semester Unit(s)

Prerequisites/Requirements: Basic Police Academy Certificate or equivalent, DOJ clearance, proof of medical and vehicle insurance, and valid CDL.


POST IV - Reimbursement suspended effective February 1, 2017.

Certificate awarded upon completion.


College of Record

Gavilan College


South Bay Regional
Coyote Valley Campus
560 Bailey Ave.,
San Jose, CA 95141



POST Course Control Number 2540-33590-17-002

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

Monday-Friday; 0800-1700 hours


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

  • Class Requested
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  • Training Officer (TO) Name
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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.

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Non-U.S. Citizens

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Cancellation / Refund Policy

All classes require full payment due by or before the first day of class. 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 a minimum of $50 for materials expenses associated with unexcused cancellations. Substitutions or transfer of registration to another student is permitted upon approval.

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, and Cabrillo College.

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