(a)  The instructor training course required for specialized physical fitness instructor certification shall consist of a minimum of 58 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;

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

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

(2)           present a written endorsement by either:

(A)          a certified School Director indicating the student may 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 may be utilized to instruct physical fitness for the  Law Enforcement Officers' In-Service Training Program; and

(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)           Pre-Qualification Testing                                                                                                   5 Hours

(2)           Orientation                                                                                                                            1 Hour

(3)           Physical Fitness Sessions                                                                                                   6 Hours

(4)           Physical Fitness Assessments, Exercise Programs, and Instructional Methods      20 Hours

(5)           Injury Care and Prevention                                                                                               4 Hours

(6)           Nutrition                                                                                                                               7 Hours

(7)           Civil Liability                                                                                                                       3 Hours

(8)           CVD Risk Factors                                                                                                               3 Hours

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

(10)         Lesson Plan Review                                                                                                            2 Hours

(11)         Exercise Leadership                                                                                                            3 Hours

TOTAL                                                                                                                                                  58 Hours

(e)  The "Physical Fitness Instructor Training Manual" as published by the North Carolina Justice Academy shall be the curriculum for 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 the cost of printing and postage 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, 2016; January 1, 2015; February 1, 2013; December 1, 2009; August 1, 2006; August 1, 2002; August 1, 2000; November 1, 1998; March 1, 1990; August 1, 1985.