Law Enforcement

Background Investigations Course

Oct 25 2021 - Oct 28 2021


This 32 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.

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

If you're department doesn't use POST documents for background investigations, please bring copies of the docuemnts your department is currently using (i.e., waiver, reference questionaires, contact list, etc.)

A laptop is required for the course. All materials will provided electronically. (Mac users: If your laptop has a thunderbolt port, you will need an adapter to accomodate a USB port for the thumb drive.)


32 Hours


0.50 Semester Unit


Non-POST reimbursable
Certificate awarded upon completion.

College of Record

Gavilan College

College Term



1850 Muir Rd.
Martinez, CA 94553

Meeting days/times

Mon - Thur 0800-1700



Full payment required for all non-agency sponsored students at time of reservation.

Additional fees will apply to Non-College Registered Students. Contact our main office at 408-229-4299 for specific amounts.

POST Plan NA CC# 2540-30340-21-003

Late Cancellation Fee

$50 after 11/24/2021

Payment Information

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 checks (made payable to SBRPSTC). Agency billing may also be arranged. Financial aid and VA benefits may be available.

*ALL FEES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. When possible, students will be advised of any fee changes prior to course start date. Tuition fee increases made at any time by the State Chancellor’s office may require collection of additional fees from students.

Students who have not lived in California for at least one (1) year and (1) day prior to start of college semester or do not meet other college criteria may be considered “out-of-state” students, and subject to additional fees to the ones listed above. Please check with our staff for details and exact costs.


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
  • Method of payment if applicable

Self-sponsored students: Contact our main office at (408) 229-4299 to register. Be prepared to submit full or partial payment, depending on the class

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

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, your reservation must be cancelled no later than 30 days prior to first day of class. After the 30-day cancellation period, students/agencies will forfeit a minimum of $50 for materials expenses associated with unexcused cancellations. Substitutions or transfer of your reservation to another student is permitted upon approval.

Course Cancellation by South Bay

Each class has a minimum enrollment requirement. If the minimum enrollment is not reached for the course three weeks prior to the beginning of the class, the class may be cancelled and any deposits/payments will be refunded in full.

College Application Process

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, Lake Tahoe Community 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 the above accredited institutions.

Funds generated through this process offset the costs of each course, thereby reducing student fees for the student/agency and allowing us to present more courses. Consequently, we require all students taking one of our college-based courses to apply to the designated college using OpenCCC, the online college application system by which the majority of community colleges collects registration and transcription information.

Students will receive reservation confirmation and class information along with college application instructions approximately 45 days before the class starts. If applicable, you will be required to complete the college application process and submit your South Bay Registration Form, to include your OpenCCC and applicable College ID numbers no later than 30 days before the class start date.*Additional fees will apply to Non-College Registered Students. Contact our main office at (408) 229-4299 for specific amounts.