FTO Master Trainer
Quality & Excellence In Criminal Justice Training
Teaching The FTO Course
The Course

The FTO Master Trainer course is a 40 Hour course that provides the student with the
necessary training, to teach the Field Training Officer course, to future FTOs and
provides the associated materials needed for instruction.   In this course the student
instructor will learn how to present the FTO program, FTO procedures and Field
Training methods to new student field training officers.  This course is ideal to train field
trainers, FTO coordinators and administrators responsible for maintaining a qualified
cadre of field training officers.  

The field training officers of a department are considered the best of the best at doing
the job of a police officer.  Although they are the best at doing the job, their job is not to
train other officers.  That is where the Master Trainer-Field Training Officer program
becomes an imperative must for the department.  We provide the training to department
instructors who are responsible for perpetuating the highest quality of training for future
field training officers.

An FTO program is a must for all law enforcement agencies.  However, a cadre of FTOs
is hard to maintain.  Since they are the best of the best, they are often promoted or
transferred to other assignments to take advantage of their drive and high level of
performance.  This leaves a shortage of trained FTOs to maintain the program.  It is
often too expensive and time consuming to send the new FTOs to an outside
organization, on that organization’s schedule.

This program is designed to train an in-house instructor to provide the FTO training
course to the new, up and coming FTOs. This program will provide instruction on
teaching the FTO program itself, with an emphasis on the “how to” methods of giving a
presentation in teaching the FTO course. The instructor is provided with all of the tools
and necessary materials to teach the Field Training Officer Course, to include the
instructor’s manual, power point presentation and all the materials necessary to present
the course. This is necessary to maintain a force of well trained and highly motivated
FTOs.  Master trainer students will receive special benefits which will enable them to
purchase student manuals for future courses at a discount as well as receive
authorization to reprint certain materials used in the future courses they instruct. APTAC
also maintains contact with the master trainers and provides free advice and counseling
on the program, as well as providing updated training materials at cost.  Each student will
receive a course certificate for 53 hours of
“Field Training Officer-Master Trainer.

The field training program for an agency is one of the most important training programs
an agency maintains.  The lack of a training program, a substandard program or a
poorly run program can cost an agency millions of dollars in civil suits, loss of good
personnel and the loss of a previously untarnished reputation.  A well trained FTO force,
in conjunction with a well run program; will help protect an agency from civil suits
originating from within and without the agency.  In 1965 the omnibus crime control act
recommended that law enforcement agencies have a training program.  The national
accreditation by Creditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CLEA) requires an FTO
program for accreditation.  In addition, The International Association of Chiefs of Police
(IACP) also recommends an FTO program for training new personnel.  
Florida Certification

This Course meets the requirements to fulfill
the objectives required for training credit by

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Course Duration

This  training course is taught over a 5 day period, Monday
Through Friday.  It is composed of  a 40 hour FTO course
combined with Master Trainer Instruction.

History and Structure Of FTO Training

An historical perspective of the program describing the civil
cases that acted as a catalyst to the development of the
program and the impact on today’s law enforcement.  A detailed
blueprint of the field training schedule from hiring to probation.

The Philosophy of The FTO Program

A description of the eight philosophies that govern the
successful operation of an effective FTO program.

Dynamics of Adult Learning

This block discusses the dynamics of human learning, how the
human system receives, filters, translates, stores and ultimately
uses information.  This will enable the participant to be a more
effective teacher.

Coaching & Counseling

This block will discuss and demonstrate the proper techniques
to move the trainee to an effective level of competency. The
participant will learn how to modify behavior by proper training
techniques, coaching and counseling.

Program Documentation

This course will discuss and demonstrate the proper use of the
FTO program documentation and procedures; a critical
component of the FTO program.  Students will demonstrate their
knowledge of all program documentation and their uses.

Rating The Trainee & Writing Reports

This course presents the 7 point “Lichert Scale” for rating
trainees.  The use of this scale has proven to be legally
defensible in law enforcement training.  The participants will
learn how to write detailed, accurate reports in conjunction with
and in support of the trainee’s ratings.  Students will practice  
evaluating and grading FTO student reports as well as learning
how to provide constructive feedback.

Liability, Training & Legal Defensibility

Using real cases, this course will present the elements that
make this program legally defensible. This course will explain
the liability of training and the vicarious responsibility of the FTO,
supervisors and ultimately the agency.  This course will present
techniques to avoid situations that will subject an agency to civil
suits for training liability.
Termination of Trainees

With the study of real cases, the participant will learn the problems
that can be caused by the termination of a trainee; how to deliver
the message, and the steps to take to avoid possible violence.

Training Exercises

Students will learn how to develop classroom exercises used in
teaching officers proper methods to correctly observe and evaluate
trainees.  The student will learn classroom discussion techniques
used to illustrate the application of the standardized evaluation


The student will learn the principles of communications used in
training law enforcement officers.  This training will cover how to
effectively communicate information to the student in the learning
environment.  How to stimulate discussion and use it to put
forward the training material.

Training Presentations

The student learns how to develop techniques to effectively teach
the FTO trainee with a minimum of effort in the shortest period
possible. Each student will be assigned to prepare for and deliver
a presentation exercise on the FTO rating scale.  The student will  
present it to the class to include presentation, evaluation, class
discussion, and critique.

Final Evaluation

The student will be required to complete the following tasks to
successfully complete this course: Give 1 class presentation.
Complete a comprehensive examination on FTO programs and
instructor techniques.  Demonstrate proficiency in the use of the
FTO program forms.

Training Materials

Each trainee will be provided with a complete set of course
materials designed to deliver a complete 40 hour FTO training
course to include the following items:
Minimum Student Qualifications

To qualify to attend this course, “The Field Training Officer-Master Trainer”, the student must have a minimum of 5 years law
enforcement experience.  The student should have already completed a qualified instructor development program, be a certified
police instructor or other qualifications as a trainer.  The student must have completed a standard Field Training Officer Course,
preferably based on the San Jose Model (sometimes referred to as the “National Model”), or have received their Initial Field Training
under the San Jose Model.  In addition, the student should have worked in some capacity in a Field Training Officer Program.  
Although experience in the FTO program is not required, it is strongly advised.   The student is required to provide a current resume’
to APTAC.  At the conclusion of the course the student must successfully complete a comprehensive written, final exam, complete all
in class exercises and successfully conduct an assigned performance, training presentation in class. The student agrees, in writing,
to the standards and requirements of teaching the APTAC program.  This includes not deviating from the APTAC program, reporting
certain data to APTAC, and using APTAC texts, purchased at wholesale costs.

Three  Avenues To Become An FTO Master Trainer

1.  Attend a scheduled 4o hour, FTO Master Trainer Course.  
2.  Attend an existing 40 hour FTO course as an intern with an additional 8 hours of pre-training.  
There is a maximum of 4 interns per course allowed.  
3. An Agency or school sponsored FTO course and associated FTO Master Trainer intern program.  
There is a maximum of 35 FTO students and 4 interns allowed.   

The National Standard

The program model presented by APTAC follows the program model originated by the San Jose Police Department in 1972 and has
become the national standard.  The development of this program was a response to a law suit against the city of San Jose California,
in 1968, for the lack of training where a police officer killed a citizen in a traffic accident.  The program that was developed by San Jose
has become the model for field training programs across the country.  The program presented by APTAC is the same model that has
been taught and used across the country since it was implemented in 1972 in San Jose California.  The program has been court
tested and is ADA and EEOC defensible.


This course is also available and taught in a corrections version using materials,
Examples and forms that are corrections specific.  It includes legal issues specific
to corrections and all the practicum's are corrections oriented.

Course Overview
1. Instructor’s manual including a  master copy of all  
training materials for the course.
2.  Power Point Course Presentation
3.  Student text book “Today’s Field Training Officer”
4.  Course schedule
5.  Training goals and objectives
6.  Student study guide
7.  Student examinations
8.  Handout materials and forms for exercises
9.  Teaching props
10. Special discounts to purchase student manuals
for future courses.
11.  Material updates at cost.

12.  Free consultation.
APTAC FTO Master Trainer - Intern Program

The “FTO Master Trainer - Intern Course” provides the intern with the necessary training to teach the Field Training Officer course to future
FTOs and provides the associated training materials needed for instruction.  The following is a brief description of the FTO Master Trainer
internship course.

The intern must meet the qualifications as required by the FTO Master Trainer Course,
enumerated on the course description.

The intern attends a 53 hour program scheduled as follows:  The intern attends a 40 hour FTO course as an intern assistant.  The intern
must attend an additional 7 hours of preparatory instructor training the day before the 40 hour week starts.  With the exception of the last
day, the intern must attend up to 1.5 hours of training at the end of each day of the course, for preparatory instruction focused on the next
day’s training.

During the course, the intern follows along with the instruction of the regular students in attendance.  The instructor works with the intern,
explaining the instructional process during the course. The intern is instructed in the process of teaching the FTO program.  The intern
will participate by learning and assisting in delivering participative sections of the course.  The instructional time at the end of each day is
used to prepare for the next day’s training by reviewing the course and preparing for the student exercises.

The intern is required to teach specific blocks of training, demonstrating proficiency in the delivery of the program.  Once the intern has
demonstrated proficiency, completed all in class exercises and completed a comprehensive written exam, they are certified as FTO
master instructors and will receive a course certificate for 53 hours of “Field Training Officer-Master Trainer.”   They will be equipped with
all of the materials to present the standard FTO program developed by APTAC, including instructor manual, power point program,
handouts, tests, etc.
This course Meets
Florida CJSTC
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