Training Classes

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For over 20 years the National Association of Field Training Officers has been promoting and training field training officers through its publications, websites, and annual training conferences.  Now NAFTO provides this quality training year round. Check out our other classes and certifications.

If you are not a current NAFTO member, you will receive NAFTO membership with your class attendance. 

BASIC FTO SCHOOL

This three-day course will provide the new FTO with all of the skills and abilities to professionally train and evaluate a new recruit.

 

Field Training Officers train and evaluate career candidates in preparation for solo duty in law enforcement, corrections and communications.  Our Basic 3 day course will provide the new FTO with the tools necessary to train and evaluate career candidates during the field training process.

 

NAFTO’s Basic FTO School is a nationally recognized model for preparing experienced patrol officers for a career in field training. The course focuses on the FTO themselves, and how they can improve their interpersonal and instruction skills to increase Officer in Training (OIT) retention. The classes incorporate a variety of learning activities, including case law discussion and video scenarios.

 

This 24 hour class covers such topics as:

  • Introduction to FTO
  • Adult Learning
  • Generational Leadership
  • Standardized Evaluations Guidelines
  • Ethics
  • Equal Opportunity Employment
  • Civil Liability
  • Officer Safety

 

Each block of study is directed at the Field Training Officer, and ways to improve their teaching, work product, and approach to today’s Officer In Training.  Information includes motivating different generations of trainees, career survival for the FTO, and case law review pertaining to evaluations.

 

Minimum class size 20 paid students

 

NAFTO will provide the following:

  • Instructor
  • Instructor fees and travel expenses.
  • Handouts
  • Class registration is handled by NAFTO

CORRECTIONS OFFICER BASIC FTO SCHOOL

This three-day course will provide the new Corrections Officer FTO with all of the skills and abilities to professionally train and evaluate a new recruit.

 

This training is designed to for personnel in Detention and Corrections, sergeants, field training coordinators, communications, and support services involved in training new officers and employees in a corrections setting.  Our Basic 3 day course will provide the new FTO with the tools necessary to train and evaluate career candidates during the field training process.

 

NAFTO’s Basic Corrections Officer FTO School is a nationally recognized model for preparing experienced correction and detention officers for a career in field training. The San Jose Model, Reno Model, and Modified San Jose Model are discussed. The course focuses on the FTO themselves, and how they can improve their interpersonal and instruction skills to increase OIT retention. The classes incorporate a variety of learning activities, including group work, case law discussion, and video scenarios.

 

This 24 hour class covers such topics as:

  • Introduction to FTO
  • Adult Learning
  • Generational Leadership
  • Standardized Evaluations Guidelines
  • Ethics
  • Equal Opportunity Employment
  • Civil Liability
  • Officer Safety

 

Each block of study is directed at the Field Training Officer, and ways to improve their teaching, work product, and approach to today’s Officer In Training.  Information includes motivating different generations of trainees, career survival for the FTO, and case law review pertaining to evaluations.

 

Minimum class size 20 paid students

 

NAFTO will provide the following:

  • Instructor
  • Instructor fees and travel expenses.
  • Handouts
  • Class registration is handled by NAFTO

FTO REFRESHER SCHOOL

This one-day course was developed by Field Training Officers to address the needs and concerns of experienced FTO’s.

 

This class offers discussions on new officers entering the field training program and the challenges they bring with them.  This course is recommended for Field Training Officers that have experience training and evaluating trainees in the fields of Patrol, Corrections, and Communications or officers with previous FTO experience looking to re-enter the field.

 

This course is not designed as a basic certification, rather it provides updated curriculum on training techniques, field training related case studies, developing leadership skills, and introspective in to modifying trainee behavior.

 

This 9 hour class covers such topics as:

  • Generational Leadership
  • Standardizing Evaluation Guidelines
  • Adult Learning
  • Ethics

 

Each block of study is directed at the Field Training Officer, and ways to improve their teaching, work product, and approach to today’s Officer In Training.  Information includes motivating different generations of trainees, career survival for the FTO, and case law review pertaining to evaluations.

 

Minimum class size 20 paid students

 

NAFTO will provide the following:

  • Instructor
  • Instructor fees and travel expenses.
  • Handouts
  • Class registration is handled by NAFTO


This course has been determined to qualify for 9 hours of AZ POST continuing training credit.
 
 Lodging is the responsibility of the attendees.  AZ Post will not reimburse for lodging.

ADVANCED FTO – BEYOND THE BASICS

Created specifically to address the needs of experienced FTO’s, this two class will re-energize and focus Field Training Officers that have experience training and evaluating trainees in the fields of Patrol, Corrections, and Communications.

This course is not designed as a basic certification, but offers advanced remedial training techniques, insight into human behavior, discussions on leadership vs management, the FTO’s role on socialization and the importance of proper documentation.

This 18 hour class covers such topics as:

  • Generational Leadership
  • Remedial Training Techniques
  • Socialization and Department Culture
  • Liability Reduction
  • Career Survival
  • Intro to FTO Management

Going even further beyond the basics of Field Training, this two-day course will also provide insight on the various concepts and methodologies surrounding the idea of managing an FTO program. How can the FTO or the unit manager have influence over program productivity and efficiency? In what way can the FTO improve upon their own performance? How crucial is the culture of your FTO program to department-wide ethics? How can you tie up loose ends in the realm of liability to avoid costly law suits? Day 2 of this advanced class will offer answers to these questions and give the student a glimpse into managing the FTO and the FTO program.

 

This course has been determined to qualify for 9 hours of AZ POST continuing training credit.
  Lodging is the responsibility of the attendees.  AZ Post will not reimburse for lodging.

MANAGING THE FTO UNIT

This two-day course will provide the FTO Manager or Coordinator with the skills necessary to properly and professionally manage a field training unit.

 

This course is designed to assist agencies in developing and managing a successful FTO program.  Created specifically to address the needs of the FTO manager, this class will focus Field Training Supervisor either with experience training and evaluating FTOs or the brand new program manager assigned to supervise the FTO unit. This course speaks directly to managers in the fields of Patrol, Corrections, and Communications.

Going beyond the basics of Field Training, this two-day course will provide insight on the various concepts and methodologies surrounding the idea of managing an FTO program.

 

  • How can the FTO or the unit manager have influence over program productivity and efficiency?
  • In what way can the FTO improve upon his own performance?
  • How crucial is the culture of your FTO program to department-wide ethics?
  • How can you tie up loose ends in the realm of liability to avoid costly law suites?

 

Day 2 of this advanced class will offer answers to these questions and give the student a glimpse into managing the FTO and the FTO program.

 

This 18 hour class covers such topics as Generational Leadership, Standardizing Evaluation Guidelines, Adult Learning, and Ethics.  Each block of study is directed at the Field Training Manager, and ways to improve their work product and approach to today’s Officer In Training.  Information includes motivating different generations of trainees, career survival for the FTO, and case law review pertaining to evaluations.