General Requirements

All applicants, regardless of NIJO Certification designation, must meet the following requirements and provide the associated proofs of documentation as follows:

  • Applicant must have no felony convictions. Provide the following form of documentation:
  • Letter from agency administrator on agency letterhead with dates of employment and lack of felony
  • Applicant must not have been dishonorably discharged from the U.S. military (for U.S. veterans only) Provide the following form of documentation (if applicable):
  • Copy of DD-214 form; if in the Reserves show proof of status
  • Applicant must have a clear record of disciplinary action from any state, province or territory, or licensing or certification board within the past 10 years nor subject under any such investigation. Provide the following form of documentation:
  • Letter from agency administrator on agency letterhead confirming the requirement is met.


  1. REGISTER & PAY - Complete registration and make payment for certification (PLEASE NOTE: The cost of Certification process does NOT include access to the DACOTA Online Training Platform.  If you are interested in gaining access to DACOTA, please complete an interest form here.)
  2. EMAIL RECEIPT/APPLICATION - After submitting your registration and payment, you will receive your payment receipt and the Certification Application Form.
  3. RECORD TRAINING - Begin tracking "LEGAL-BASED" (NIJO-Approved) training. 
  4. All reported training needs to be accrued after the date you have registered and paid for certification. Exceptions may be approved if training was completed within a 6 month period prior to your initial certification registration. 
  5. Legal-Based training is training that includes case law that is taught based on facts, avoiding political correctness and bias. DACOTA and all NIJO Instructors, NIJO training seminars and conferences are pre-approved for certification credit because of our rigorous instructor vetting process. Other training MUST be approved by submitting the following:
  6. Instructor CV
  7. All training materials
  8. All tests with 100% Score
  9. All training requires a test score of 100%. The rationale and basis for our 100% pass requirement is predicated on failure to train issues often targeting jail administrations and sheriffs. If training required only an 80% or even 90% passing grade, a party suing the jail may make a claim that the officer involved in the incident being questioned failed 10% of the training, which that specific 10% happened to be a critical component to the operations or practices being questioned in the lawsuit. A complete 100% passing grade provides the administration and officers the ability to respond to such frivolous claims, being able to successfully show that on a specific day and time, the officer learned, understood, and comprehended 100% of the material necessary to fulfill his/her duties as it related to that specific topic. Certificate documentation and practices, whether online or with live training, requiring a 100% passing score eliminates any potentiality for failure to train or lack of comprehension in the training itself. NIJO is fully committed to helping sheriffs and administrators proactively defend against liability issues. 
  10. SUBMIT COMPLETED APPLICATION - Once you have completed all of the required training to qualify for the intended NIJO Certification level, submit your application to: [email protected]

NO REFUNDS: Due to the nature and length of the time required to complete the certification process, there will be NO REFUNDS given on Certification Registration Fees for all levels.

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NOTE:  If you obtain the highest level (NCCE), you will effectively obtain the lower levels as well (NCCS and NCCO) so there is no need to pay for all three certifications and seek their training hours separately.

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