There are two levels of training that must be completed before becoming an Agent of The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Training Requirements

Initial Training Requirements: Every peace officer candidate must successfully complete a California Peace Officers Standards and Training approved academy, or possess a California Peace Officers and Training Basic Certificate or equivalent and successfully complete the Department’s Field Training Officer Program to gain permanent status in an Agent Trainee/Agent position.

Learn more about the Basic Course requirements.

Basic Academy: ABC agents must attend a POST Basic Academy. Recruits are generally sent to an academy within the jurisdiction of the district office that they are assigned to. If there are multiple basic academies within that jurisdiction, the agent will attend the academy that begins closest to his/her anticipated hire date.

View a list of POST Basic Academies.

Field Training Program: The Field Training program is generally 3 phases, each phase lasting approximately 1 month. The first phase generally includes an agency orientation, classroom lecture, scenarios and shadowing their trainer in the field. In the second phase, the new agent will continue to observe his/her trainer while beginning to take on more responsibility during field work. During the third phase, the new agent will work as the primary officer while the trainer observes to ensure he/she is capable of performing the job in a matter which keeps officer safety and public service paramount.


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