Academy & Preconditions

Academy Training

A Reserve Deputy must attend an Academy that is a minimum of 220 hours in length. The Reserve Academy curriculum adopted by the Commission is designed similar to that of the Basic Academy, including student performance objectives for each instructional block. It is designed to provide reserves with the basic knowledge and skills required for safe, proper and effective law enforcement service. 

Instructional blocks include:

  • Civil Liability
  • Communications Skills
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Ethics
  • Evidence Law
  • EVOC
  • Firearms, including range qualifications
  • First Aid
  • Patrol Procedures
  • Use of Force 


Graduates of those Academies which have been approved by the Training Commission and who, upon academy completion, pass a certification examination developed and administered by the Commission, will receive the state's basic reserve officers certificate. Such certification satisfies the basic training requirements for reserve officers under the Washington Aid Peace Powers Act, RCW 10.93.090.


As a precondition to the exercise of extra-territorial enforcement powers under the Washington Mutual Aid Officer Powers Act, RCW 10.93.090, an individual who is commissioned as a reserve officer must possess a Basic Reserve Certificate issued by the Training Commission. That certificate is issued to any successful attendee of an accredited Basic Reserve Academy. WAC 139-05-810 Basic training requirements for reserve officers.