Master Instructor Certification Course (MICC) 

In 2007, the POST Commission approved “The Instructor Development Institute” (IDI). The institute provides standardized, multi-level, multi-track programs to develop professionalism in the delivery of law enforcement instruction.  Prior to 2007, the Master Instructor Development Program (MIDP) was the primary advanced instructor development program in POST.  With the implementation of IDI, Master Instructor Certification Course (MICC) became the fourth level of a modular development process.  The IDI process provides a tiered approach to law enforcement instructor development, ground grounded in contemporary adult learning methodologies, critical thinking, taxonomies of learning, effective presentation procedures and course design skills.

The focus of MICC is for students to design, develop and deliver a course needed by California law enforcement/public safety dispatchers. MICC students will do this using the components of an Instructional Systems Design (ISD) process and the final development of a Total Training Package (TTP). 

The program is designed to include a variety to workshops, in which students will have deliverables due at each workshop. MICC students are expected to do a significant amount of work outside of class but will have a variety of resources available to them to support their success. Each student will be assigned to a main course facilitator and a mentor (MICC graduate), both of whom will serve as reviewers of work products throughout the program around course design and development.  

MICC Application Process

Admission into the MICC program requires successful completion of Levels 1 through 3 of the IDI program and acceptance of your application. The MICC application requires students to demonstrate how they have applied knowledge and skills taught throughout the levels as well as present a course project topic. Students must have an approved course project topic prior to attending the first workshop. 

The MICC application is currently being revised, but if you are interested in applying for the next MICC cohort, please register below and you will receive updated information when the application process has been finalized and any updated deadlines. 

MICC Program Overview

Orientation and Training Needs Assessment Workshop (24-hours)

The Orientation and Training Needs Assessment (TNA) Workshop is designed to provide the student with clarity on the overall MICC process and prepare them to launch into the TNA process. During this workshop, students will begin formal work on a Training Needs Assessment (TNA) document in support of their course project.  This will include research, interviews with subject matter experts and other methods designed to provide data necessary for a full training needs assessment. 

Progress Workshop #1 (24-hours)

During Progress Workshop #1, students will interpret data they received during the needs assessment process, finalizing their Training Needs Assessment and begin planning for the Instructional Systems Design (ISD) process as it relates to their individual course.  

Core Workshop (40-hours)

 The Core Workshop focuses applying the Instructional Systems Design process to their course of instruction. Students will learn the steps of the ISD process, collaborate on the individual pieces, interpret the data they received during the needs assessment process and apply it to their course design. 

Progress Workshop #2 and #3 (24-hours each)

During these Progress Workshops, students will finalize the components of their Instructional Systems Design, begin and finalize the development of the Total Training Package (TTP) as well as plan for the delivery of their course to their target demographic. Students will work one-on-one and in teams and with their facilitators to evaluate their progress. 

Validation Workshop (32-hours)

During this workshop, student course work (ISD & TTP) will be reviewed by a panel. The panel will provide feedback on the course development and design, including recommendations for course effectiveness and delivery. In addition, students will facilitate a portion of their actual course, inclusive of a learning activity, and be evaluated by the panel. Upon completion of both components, students will be thoroughly debriefed and have an opportunity to correct any required changes to their course. 


Certification as a Master Instructor does not take place until the following requirements have been met:

  • Creation and completion of a course of instruction that meets a law enforcement training or public safety dispatcher training need (ISD & TTP)
  • Presentation of this course to the appropriate audience (course implementation)
  • Submission to the Government Training Agency (GTA), the course roster and all student evaluations for review of the first presentation of the course.
  • Submission to the Government Training Agency (GTA) a written summary of your successes and challenges encountered and your plan for revising your course for future presentations.

You are not considered to have completed the program until all of these requirements have been fulfilled.

Note: What is NOT required, is that your course be certified by POST for presentation.  It is certainly desired that your course be POST certified and a benefit to the law enforcement attendees, and we have worked at great lengths to ensure that it is, but there are never any guarantees that you will get it POST certified. Not having POST Certification does not relieve you from the above requirements, you must still present your course for you to be considered a graduate of the program.  There are several MIDP/MICC students who have successfully presented their courses within their agencies and in other venues without POST certification.

We are also aware that due to logistical reasons, changes in agency and staff, that it may be a year or more before a student can present their course. No matter the time, you must still present your course before you can be considered as having completed the program.  Once all requirements have been satisfied, you are then officially a certified POST Master Instructor.

MICC Class 15 (2024-2025):

Orientation & TNA Workshop: TBA*
Progress Workshop #1: TBA*
Core Workshop: TBA*
Progress Workshop #2: TBA*
Progress Workshop #3: TBA*
Validation Workshop Presentation: TBA*
Graduation: TBA*
*Course dates and locations will be announced in January 2024, with an anticipated start date of mid-2024.

If you are interested in MICC Class 15, please register below to receive updated information about the application process and future dates. 

Course Fee Information: 

Reimbursement Plan IV: There is no tuition for POST reimbursable agencies. Travel reimbursement is reimbursable via Training Reimbursement Request (TRR).

If you have any questions, please contact Marisa Messier via email or phone (858) 550-0040.