Background Investigations

This course is designed to help new or experienced background investigators in complying with POST regulations, state and local laws, and best practices in the hiring process. This course is also valuable to anyone involved in hiring or responsible for this process.


  • All attendees must be actively employed or contracted with a POST-participating Law Enforcement Agency.
  • POST-reimbursable agencies will be prioritized for registration.


$470 - 32 hours, POST Plan IV

2022 - 2023 Dates

CCN Date Location Status
22001 July 18-21, 2022 Sheraton Garden Grove Closed
22002 Sept 12-15, 2022 Great Wolf Garden Grove Closed
22003 Nov. 14-17, 2022 Great Wolf Garden Grove Closed
22004 Jan. 17-20, 2023 Great Wolf Garden Grove Closed
22005 Oct. 10-13, 2022 Sheraton Garden Grove Closed
22006 March 13-16, 2023 Sheraton Garden Grove Closed
22007 May 22-25, 2023 Great Wolf Garden Grove Waitlisted


The course schedule for the 2023-2024 fiscal year is under construction! Email to be placed on the notification list for a particular class, or to be placed on our general mailing list.




Sheraton Garden Grove
12221 Harbor Blvd
Garden Grove, CA 92840
(714) 703-8400

For those participants who will be flying in, the John Wayne Airport (SNA) is the closest airport.

Great Wolf Garden Grove
12681 Harbor Blvd
Garden Grove, CA 92840
(714) 530-9653


Because classes fill up quickly, we strongly encourage registering as soon as possible. Please have your training department contact the Center for Criminal Justice at CSULB or call 562.985.4940 to make reservations. If you make a reservation via email please include the following information:

  • Name and Date of Class
  • Training Managers Name
  • Training Managers Phone Number
  • Training Managers Email Address
  • Agency Name
  • Name of Attendee(s)
  • POST ID # for Attendee(s)
  • Attendee's Email Address

You will receive a confirmation email letting you know that we have registered you for the class. Reservations are on a first come first serve basis, a waitlist will be established once the maximum number of students has been met.

Course Outline

Topical Areas

  • Legal aspects of the investigation process
  • Mandatory areas of investigation
  • Information sources
  • Psychological investigation
  • Polygraphs
  • Assembling the background package
  • Pre-employment interviewing
  • Hiring expectations