(a)  The instructor training course required for specialized physical fitness instructor certification shall consist of a minimum of 60 hours of instruction presented during a continuous period of not more than two weeks.

(b)  Each specialized physical fitness instructor training course shall be designed to provide the trainee with the skills and knowledge to perform the function of a criminal justice physical fitness instructor in a Basic Law Enforcement Training Course or a "Law Enforcement Officers' Annual In-Service Training Program."

(c)  Each applicant for specialized physical fitness training shall:

(1)           qualify through one of the following three options:

(A)          have completed the criminal justice general instructor training course; or

(B)          hold a current and valid North Carolina Teacher's Certificate and hold a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in physical education and be teaching in physical education topics;

(C)          be presently instructing physical education topics in a community college, college or university and hold a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in physical education; and

(2)           present a written endorsement by either

(A)          a school director indicating the student will be utilized to instruct physical fitness in Basic Law Enforcement Training Courses; or

(B)          a certified school director, or in-service training coordinator indicating the student will be utilized to instruct physical fitness for the "Law Enforcement Officers' In-Service Training Program";

(3)           present a letter from a physician stating fitness to participate in the course.

(d)  Each specialized physical fitness instructor training course shall include the following identified topic areas and minimum instructional hours for each area:

(1)           Orientation                                                                                                                                            5 Hours

(2)           Lesson Plan Review                                                                                                                            4 Hours

(3)           Physical Fitness Assessments, Exercise Programs and Instructional Methods                    31 Hours

(4)           Injury Care and Prevention                                                                                                               4 Hours

(5)           Nutrition                                                                                                                                                6 Hours

(6)           Civil Liabilities for Trainers                                                                                                               2 Hours

(7)           CVD Risk Factors                                                                                                                                2 Hours

(8)           Developing In-Service Wellness Programs and Validating Fitness Standards                         4 Hours

(9)           State Examination                                                                                                                              2 Hours

                TOTAL                                                                                                                                              60 Hours

(e)  The "Physical Fitness Instructor Training Manual" as published by the North Carolina Justice Academy shall be used as the basic curriculum for delivery of specialized physical fitness instructor training courses.  Copies of this publication may be inspected at the:

Criminal Justice Standards Division

North Carolina Department of Justice

1700 Tryon Park Drive

Post Office Drawer 149

Raleigh, North Carolina  27610

and may be obtained at no cost to the student from the Academy at the following address:

North Carolina Justice Academy

Post Office Box 99

Salemburg, North Carolina  28385

(f)  The Commission-certified school that is certified to offer the "Specialized Physical Fitness Instructor Training" course is the North Carolina Justice Academy.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 17C‑6;

Eff. July 1, 1989;

Amended Eff. February 1, 2013; December 1, 2009; August 1, 2006; August 1, 2002; August 1, 2000; November 1, 1998; March 1, 1990; August 1, 1985.