12 NCAC 09B .0303          TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF GENERAL INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION

(a)  An applicant meeting the requirements for certification as a general instructor shall, for the first 12 months of certification, be in a probationary status.  The General Instructor Certification, Probationary Status, shall automatically expire 12 months from the date of issuance.

(b)  The probationary instructor shall be eligible for full general instructor status, if the instructor through application at the end of the probationary period, submits to the Commission:

(1)           a favorable recommendation from a school director or in-service training coordinator accompanied by certification on a Commission Instructor Evaluation Form that the instructor successfully taught a minimum of twelve hours in a Commission-certified course or a Commission‑recognized in‑service training course during the probationary year. The results of the student evaluation of the instructor must be considered by the school director or in-service training coordinator when determining recommendation; or

(2)           a favorable written evaluation by a Commission or staff member, based on an on‑site classroom evaluation of the probationary instructor in a Commission-certified course or a Commission‑recognized in‑service training course.  Such evaluation shall be certified on a Commission Instructor Evaluation Form.  In addition, instructors evaluated by a Commission or staff member must also teach a minimum of twelve hours in a Commission-certified training course or a Commission‑recognized in‑service training course.

(c)  The term of certification as a general instructor is three years from the date the Commission issues the certification.  The certification may subsequently be renewed by the Commission for three year periods.  The application for renewal shall contain, in addition to the requirements listed in Rule .0302 of this Section, documentary evidence indicating that the applicant has remained active in the instructional process during the previous three year period. Such documentary evidence shall include proof that the applicant has, within the three year period preceding application for renewal, instructed a minimum of 12 hours in a Commission-certified training course or a Commission‑recognized in‑service training course; and either

(1)           a favorable written recommendation from a school director or in-service training coordinator completed on a Commission Renewal of Instructor and Professional Lecturer Certification Form that the instructor successfully taught a minimum of 12 hours in a Commission-certified training course or a Commission‑recognized in‑service training course during the three year period of general certification; or

(2)           a favorable evaluation by a Commission or staff member, based on an on‑site classroom evaluation of a presentation by the instructor in a Commission-certified training course or a Commission‑recognized in‑service training course, during the three year period of General Instructor Certification.  In addition, instructors evaluated by a Commission or staff member must also teach a minimum of 12 hours in a Commission-certified training course or a Commission‑recognized in‑service training course.

(d)  For Speed Measuring Instrument Instructors, the General Instructor Certification shall run concurrent with the Speed Measuring Instrument Instructor's certification. For the initial issuance of Speed Measuring Instrument Instructor certifications, the terms for the instructor's General Instructor certification shall automatically be reissued for a three year period determined by the certification period of the Speed Measuring Instrument Instructor certification. The general instructors are not required to submit documentation of having taught the minimum 12 hours during the period preceding the initial certification as specified in Paragraph (c) of this Rule. For the first renewal of Speed Measuring Instrument instructor certifications occurring after January 2006, the terms for the instructor's General Instructor certification shall automatically be reissued for a three year period determined by the certification period of the Speed Measuring Instrument Instructor certification. The general instructors are not required to submit documentation of having taught the minimum 12 hours during the period preceding the initial certification as specified in Paragraph (c) of this Rule. Once the General Instructor's certification becomes concurrent with the Speed Measuring Instrument certification, all instructors must meet the requirements in Subparagraph (c)(1) or (c)(2) of this Rule to be eligible for re-certification.

(e)  All instructors shall remain active during their period of certification.  If an instructor does not teach a minimum of 12 hours during the period of certification, the certification shall not be renewed, and the instructor shall file application for General Instructor Certification, Probationary Status.  Such applicants shall meet the minimum requirements of Rule .0302 of this Section.

(f)  All instructors shall have 90 days from the date of expiration of their instructor certification to submit an application for renewal along with documentation of having met the minimum requirements of Paragraph (c) of this Rule during the previous certification period. The prescribed 90 day period shall not extend the instructor certification period beyond its specified expiration period. If the renewal application is not submitted within 90 days from the expiration of the previous certification, such applicants will be required to meet the minimum requirements for general instructor certification as specified in Rule .0302 of this Section.

(g)  The use of guest participants in a delivery of the Basic Law Enforcement Training Course is permissible. However, such guest participants are subject to the direct on‑site supervision of a Commission-certified instructor and must be authorized by the school director.  A guest participant shall only be used to complement the primary certified instructor of the block of instruction and shall in no way replace the primary instructor.

(h)  For purposes of this Section, "Commission-recognized in‑service training" shall mean any training for which the instructor is evaluated by a certified school director or in-service training coordinator on a Commission Instructor Evaluation Form.  Such training shall be objective based and documented by lesson plans designed consistent with the Basic Law Enforcement Training format and documented by departmental training records to include required post‑test and testing methodology.  The signature of the school director on the Commission Instructor Evaluation Form shall verify compliance with this Rule.

 

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

Eff. January 1, 1981;

Amended Eff. December 1, 2007; November 1, 2007; August 1, 2006; January 1, 2006; August 1, 2000; July 1, 1991; October 1, 1985; January 1, 1985; January 1, 1983.