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Peace Officer Recertification

Recertifying all skills for professional peace officers


Alberta Community Peace Officers are responsible for assessing, monitoring, and providing a variety of services to the communities in which they serve. In your role as a Peace Officer, it is critical that you continue to develop your competency in the high risk/low frequency skill areas throughout your career to protect yourself and those in the community you serve.

As per legislation, a Peace Officer that has an appointment must recertify every 36 months for all their required qualifications in the province of Alberta. This accredited Peace Officer Recertification training assists Community Peace Officers in recertifying through this fully comprehensive program covering all key competencies: legislation, communication, use of force, baton, oleoresin capsicum (OC), officer safety tactics and more in one program.

This innovative use-of-force curriculum contains the best practices from multiple subject matter experts in the field of use-of-force and law enforcement high-risk situations. This blended in-person and online model provides a full-spectrum interleaved learning experience to ensure your agency’s officer competencies are met as per the legislative requirements. This program is designed to provide you with the most current tactics to ensure the safety of yourself and those you interact with on the job. It includes the most energizing, practical, immersive training that can be be applied in a vast scope of situations. This training prepares an officer to bring a new lens of diversity and inclusion to the ever-changing environments an officer experiences in their career. 


Register for the Training Program

This recertification training program consists of a blended model highlighting critical areas with several components: a combination of online and in-person lecture, with an additional mandatory physical applicable exercise designed to support skills in the field.  There is a mandatory two day in-person practical training component that includes written and practical exams.  The online course must be completed prior to the in-person practical training/exam days.

Goals of the Program:

  1. Recertify in the following intermediate weapons: Pressure Point Control Tactics, Baton, and Oleoresin Capsicum (OC)

  2. Refresh your understanding of the key competencies relating to legislation, communication and officer safety tactics in a blended learning experience.

  3. Learn the latest innovative best practices in the science and application of physical skills, and social and societal awareness such as diversity and inclusion.

  4. Apply and practice your knowledge and skills in a variety of realistic scenarios


Level 1 Community Peace Officers with active appointments in the province of Alberta.


  1. Online learning and assessment components (xxx hours)

  2. and in-person learning and assessment components (xxx hours)

Successful completion includes the following certificates:

  • Recertification from Tip of Spear (for the online component)

  • Defensive Tactics and Baton from HFRG

  • OC Spray from xxxxx

Tuition: $399+GST

Recertification: Mandatory every 36 months

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Online Training Component

Duration: Approximately xxxxx hrs

Course Contents:

  1. Use of Force Legislation

  2. Officer Safety Skills

  3. Communication Techniques

  4. Control Tactics

  5. Baton

  6. Oleoresin Capsicum (OC)


Prerequisite for in-person training: Achieve 80% on all module quizzes to qualify to take the in-person training. The online component is a mandatory prerequisite to taking the in-person training.

About the training:

The online course is intended to provide all the theoretical foundational knowledge and be a priming tool for the in-person motor-learning portion of the course. The online course is delivered in a variety of formats including video, eBooks, interactive exercises and quizzes. Achieving 80% on module quizzes demonstrate that you understand the competencies and met the objectives of each section.


Material is interleaved with other modules and with in-person components so that the concepts are interconnected as to avoid training silos. This promotes long term learning by combining motor-skill practice and non-motor skill material.

Online training may be started at any time. Proof of active appointment is required.

In-Person Training Component

Prerequisite: Pass online training

Duration: 16 hrs over 2 days

Course Contents:

  1. Ground Evasion

  2. Handcuffing

  3. Strikes

  4. Blocking & Counter Strikes

  5. Takedowns

  6. Pressure Sensitive Areas (PSAs)

  7. Baton Certification

  8. Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) Certification

  9. Scenario Assessment


Certification: Achieve 80%+ on Immersive Scenario Exam, Practical Skills Exam and Final Written Examination


How to register: In-person training dates will be scheduled on a regular basis and students who have completed their online component will be notified of in-person training date options.

About the training:

During the two-day in-person portion of the class, you will be asked to participate in class discussion, answer questions, and present the material that you learned from the online training back to the class to demonstrate your understanding of the material.


You will be assessed on your motor skill performance at real life speed. If you wish to develop skill mastery and avoid performance errors, you will be required to practice the physical skills on your own time.  To assist with this goal, you will undergo a variable practice structure. This will require you to interconnect the motor skills with their various applications in addition to increase the likelihood of long term retention. 


The end goal is for you, the officer, to be able to articulate this information and use it correctly in decision making when on the job.  A live scenario will assess this decision making process in the closest to reality situation possible while also maintaining safety for all those involved. 

Program Accreditation

This program is accredited through Alberta Justice and Solicitor General as of xxxx.


This program was created through a collaboration of some of the most highly revered subject matter experts in Canadian Law Enforcement Control Principles and Tactics today.

  • Special thanks to Brian Willis and Winning Minds for agreeing to share his knowledge and expertise in the creation of this program.

  • Special acknowledgement to Michael Janich and Martial Blades Concepts whose expertise in Edge Weapon Defense and Lines of Attack® has been an essential component to Officer Safety in Alberta.

  • Special recognition to Chris Butler and his company Raptor Protection Services for providing the most current and in-depth research pertaining to officer performance under stress.

  • Acknowledgement to the following committed staff of curriculum writers and subject matter experts: Sean Carter, Aaron McBride, and Dr. Renée Brodie.

All material copywrite Winning Minds and Tip of Spear. Any material herein is not to be published or distributed in whole or in part. All rights reserved.


Requirement to Recertify

As stated in the Public Security Peace Officer Program (updated 2012) section 19.8:


Through Section 12(2) of the POA [Peace Officer Act], Sections 3, 4 and 8 of the POR and Section 2(2) of the POMR, there are provisions for peace officers in this program to utilize a variety of weapons, should a demonstrated need exist.


For the purpose of this manual, a weapon refers to prohibited firearm, restricted firearm, or prohibited weapon as defined under the Criminal Code of Canada. (57)


The Public Security Peace Officer Program (2012) also states that:

 d) Weapons carried by peace officers:

A peace officer may only possess a weapon(s) if it appears on the peace    officer’s appointment and after an approved training course has been    successfully completed. Recertification will be required in accordance with program policy. Additionally, weapons used or carried by the peace officer must be approved and issued by the authorized employer.

e) Types of weapons permitted by category:

i. Alberta peace officers or out of province police/peace officers may apply to carry:

Service firearms,

OC spray as defined in Section 4(1)(a) of the POR,

A baton

A conducted energy weapon as defined in the POR (a common brand name currently in use is Taser), or

Tear gas. (58)

Group Training

Tip of Spear offers this program for peace officer agencies who have numerous staff that need training.  We are pleased to provide tailored and customized solutions to meet the needs of the specific county. Please contact us for more information and to book.