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

2023 - 2024 Dates

CCN Date Location Status
23001 July 17-20, 2023 Sheraton Garden Grove Closed
23002 September 25-28, 2023 Sheraton Garden Grove Waitlisted
23003 November 6-9, 2023 Sheraton Garden Grove Cancelled
23004 January 29-February 1, 2024 Sheraton Garden Grove Cancelled
23005 March 11-14, 2024 Holiday Inn Long Beach Closed
23006 May 6-9, 2024 Sheraton Garden Grove Open





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.

Holiday Inn Long Beach Airport
2640 N Lakewood Blvd
Long Beach, CA, 90815
(562) 597-4401

For those participants who will be flying in, the Long Beach Airport (LGB) is the closest airport.


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