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Seminar Title:  
Field Training Officer Certification

DATES:  12/6/2021 through 12/10/2021

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Steven Kellams

LOCATION:  Palace Station - 2411 West Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, NV  89102

HOTEL:  Palace Station - Las Vegas, NV  
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NOTE: Identify with Group Code PCIPATC Western States Conference to receive discounted rate

COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $550.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

Steven Kellams is a Detective Lieutenant and field training expert for the Bloomington Police

Department. Lieutenant Kellams attended Indiana University from 1987 to 1991. In 1989 he graduated from the Indiana

University Police Academy. In 1991 he was hired by the Bloomington Police Department and was assigned to night shift.

During that time he has been a breath-test operator, bike patrol officer, field training officer, senior field training

officer, and field training manager. He has also served the department as Civil Disturbance Unit Commander and Special

Investigations Unit Commander. He is currently assigned as the Detective Division Commander.

In 2000 Lieutenant Kellams was instrumental in redesigning the field training program for the

Bloomington Police Department and has taught that program to hundreds of departments throughout Indiana and the United

States. He has also instructed on field training issues at the national level when he presented courses at the 2002,

2009, 2010, and 2011 National Association of Field Training Officers conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Madison,

Wisconsin; Denver, Colorado; and Phoenix, Arizona.

In 2000 Lieutenant Kellams was elected state director for the Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Field

Training Officers. In 2005 he was elected to the Executive Board of the National Association of Field Training Officers

and in 2008 he was the National President of NAFTO.

In 2005 Lieutenant Kellams was named Monroe County Officer of the Year for his work with the

Bloomington Police Departments Field Training Program.

Lieutenant Kellams is a certified Indiana Law Enforcement Academy training instructor and teaches courses in

Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, domestic violence, officer safety, firearms, civil disturbance, and field training

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Course Objectives

PATC FTO Certification Course

A professional training, education, and certification program offered by Public Agency Training Council (PATC). Successful completion of certification requirements will designate the attendee as a certified Field Training Officer through Public Agency Training Council.

To provide public safety practitioners who specialize in on-the-job training the opportunity to gain recognition for their education and professional dedication to the field training concept. Field training develops new employees into professional and ethical members of the organization. Agencies lacking a properly functioning field training program agencies are open to discredit and liability. A properly organized, supervised, and functioning field training program is critical to the development of an agency.


  • To provide public safety agencies with a training and education program that will enhance the performance of field training.
  • To encourage and facilitate continued education and learning in the essential agency function.
  • To assist agencies in placing the proper emphasis on post-academy and on-the-job assessment tools.
  • To provide Field Training Officers with the skills necessary to adequately train new employees.

Certification Validity:
Certification will be valid for two years. The successful candidate will receive special recognition for this achievement.

What you will receive upon completion:

  • A certificate declaring status as a Certified Field Training Officer
  • Three month free trial membership to Agency360 Field Training Software

Testing Requirement:
Certification will require each candidate to attend PATC “How to be an Effective Field Training Officer” course and successfully pass the associated written and practical tests.

Graduates of the certification program who desire to maintain current status as a certified Field Training Officer you will be required to attend one PATC Field Training Officer related training program during the 2-year validity period. Courses include;

  • Advanced Field Training Officer Course
  • Leadership for the FTO
  • FTO Refresher
  • Supervising and Managing the FTO Program

Submit three completed Daily Observation Reports with all accompanying paperwork. (with identifying information redacted)

This course is designed to provide knowledge and training to develop Field Training Officers' skills. Each new FTO will be presented with ideas and techniques to assist them in becoming more professional and confident in the application of their skills. This course is based on a modified “San Jose” program.

Upon completion the FTO will be able to:

  • Discuss the "San Jose" and other program models
  • Identify demands on FTOs as Instructors
  • List five of the errors in rating
  • Understand the basics of Adult Learning Theory
  • Identify liability issues
  • Understand performance evaluations
  • Instruct from Training Briefs
  • Understand the Rating Scale and Reference Numbers
  • Complete the Daily Observation Report
  • Develop a Scenario and Additional Training plans
  • Understand the purpose of program management and control

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