Savage Training Group | Field Training Officer - Basic Certification Course (40 Hours)

Field Training Officer

October 21 - 25, 2024

San Ramon Police Department

2401 Crow Canyon Road

San Ramon, CA 94583

8am - 5pm

Hosted by the San Ramon Police Department

CA POST Certified:



This course fulfills the POST training requirements to certify F.T.O.’s and other law enforcement personnel with the responsibility of training law enforcement officers. This course is open to law enforcement officers and other agency personnel including Probation Officers and Community Service Officers.

The course focuses on the core functions of a F.T.O. which are to Teach, Evaluate and Document (T.E.D.).

We use advanced teaching skills to get the students thinking critically. We guide the students in becoming skilled teachers themselves.

We present specific examples of good and bad performance reports so the students really get to know what to write and what to avoid.

The students evaluate live role players and practice applying the Standard Evaluation Guidelines so they leave the course ready for the real thing.

Each student receives hands-on practice writing Daily Observation Reports and Remedial Training Plans as well as counseling trainees. They receive feedback from our instructors, so they understand specifically what is required of them as an FTO.

Each student graduates with an understanding of the laws pertaining to liability, training and performance evaluations.

Other topics include expectations, functions and roles of the Field Training Officer, ethics and professionalism, driver awareness/driver safety, mental health, and leadership.

Here are 7 reasons that our students say FTOs need to take this course:

  • Spend five days teaching, evaluating, and documenting instead of listening to a dry lecture
  • Leave the course confident you’re doing it right
  • Learn from current and former FTOs and FTO Supervisors
  • Learn how to be an FTO through careful analysis of real-incident videos and role players
  • Lots of examples of evaluation reports and plenty of practice writing them
  • Learn specifically how to apply the number scale to rate trainees. You’ll also learn specific ways to teach de-escalation, mental health responses, case law and more
  • The course is dynamic and fun. No “Death by Power Point”

While it is not mandatory, students are highly encouraged to bring their laptops to the class.

Eddie Chan
Steve Valentine
Dominic Gamboa

Eddie Chan, Steve Valentine, and Dom Gamboa are not only highly-experienced law enforcement professionals from Northern California but they are also expert instructors. Eddie is a current FTO Sergeant and Steve is a current Field Training Officer with the San Jose Police Department. Dom is a former Training Unit Officer with the San Francisco Police Department and is a current Sergeant with the Broadmoor Police Department. Each have decades of experience teaching law enforcement officers. They are obsessed with delivering highly engaging courses and they are the reason why our FTO training programs are so different than the typical "Death by Power Point" courses.

Payment Methods

Once you enter the student information below and click "Register", you will be taken to a checkout page where you can pay using a credit card, or you may request that an invoice be sent to your department that can be paid online or by check and sent by mail. Please note that invoices incur a $15.00 non-refundable processing fee.

33 in stock

Student Information

Enter student's email here or use your own if a TBD or their email is unavailable/unknown
POST ID is required for proper accreditation, however, if you are registering a spot with the student TBD, leave the above field blank. For non-California courses, please enter the student's badge number if not a TBD.
Have questions or having problems with this form? No problem. Call or email us via our Contact page.
Skip to content