Misdemeanant Probation Counselor Academy

The MPCA is 80 hours in length and is designed to provide training for adult probation officers.  The course will include, but is not limited to, the following topics:

  • Professionalism and ethics
  • The criminal justice system
  • Community and personal safety
  • Risk assessment tools
  • Specialty courts
  • Motivational interviewing and models for change

The second week of the academy will focus on case management.  During that week, participants can expect to cover the following points:

  • Written documentation and report
  • File and record management
  • Pre-sentence investigations
  • Intakes - Risk, responsivity, and needs
  • Monitoring and supervision
  • Special populations - Mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence

IMPORTANT:  The Basic Training Division has moved to online registration through the WSCJTC Acadis Portal by agency authorized personnel. For technical questions regarding the WSCJTC Acadis Portal please email lms@cjtc.wa.gov. For registration questions please email basictraining@cjtc.wa.gov

The Legislature has continued the mandated 25% cost share for the Misdemeanant Probation Counselor Academy. Agencies will be billed post the first day of class and payment is expected prior to graduation per RCW 43.101.200.

View our full cost share sheet for mandated and non mandated agencies here.

Serena Anastasio (Basic Training Registrar)

(206) 835-7299

Who can attend our classes?

This academy is open to recruits who have been hired by a criminal justice agency.  Sponsoring agencies will submit application materials on the recruits' behalf.

Dress Code

Visitors attending training at the WSCJTC are encouraged to wear their agency logo shirt/uniform or agency ID badge while on campus. 

Visitors not wearing agency identification can attend classes in business casual attire.  They will need check in at the front desk and wear a clip-on visitor's identification card.

Regulation

The Misdemeanant Probation Counselor Academy must be completed within six months of hire by all full time employees of a city, county, or political subdivision of the state of Washington per WAC 139-10-210 and WAC 139-10-235.

Mandated agencies: City, County, State Universities, Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, and Railroad

Non mandated agencies: Tribal Police, Gambling Commission, Liquor & Cannabis Board, WA State Parks & Recreation, Arson Investigators, DNR and Reserves.

Schedule

MPCA classes are typically held 0800 to 1700 Monday through Friday.

The number of MPCA classes held per year will vary each year depending on legislative decisions and funding.  The schedules below outline all classes approved for the specified fiscal year.  

Please note: These schedules are subject to change without notice.  Training Officers must read selection notices carefully to ensure they have the correct dates.

Cancellation

Agency's wishing to cancel an applicant must notify the registrar via phone or email.

REQUIRED FORMS

IMPORTANT:  The Basic Training Division has moved to online registration through the WSCJTC Acadis Portal by agency authorized personnel. For technical questions regarding the WSCJTC Acadis Portal please email lms@cjtc.wa.gov. For registration questions please email basictraining@cjtc.wa.gov

To register an applicant for this Academy, the following attachments must be included: 

  • CJ-1253 Student Liability Release

All forms are available for download below. Note: The below application document is for your reference only.

Effective May 1st, 2021:

Submitting an incomplete registration request through the Acadis Portal is allowed. However, the request will not be processed until it is completed- it will remain in the queue (Application List) until all prerequisites are attached. Doing this only guarantees a spot in the queue, incomplete requests will not secure a spot in any specific class. Complete registrations are processed into open seats daily on a first-come/first-served basis. Therefore, it is best to submit only complete registration requests, confirming all aspects of the prerequisites are completed, to secure a seat in a class.

Once a request has been submitted through the Acadis Portal, complete or incomplete, only CJTC may make changes to it. Therefore, any prerequisites needing to be attached must be submitted to basictraining@cjtc.wa.gov.

 

 

 

 

Training sessions

Session Session Title Selection Date Dates & Hours Location Status
31 MPCA 8/30/2021 9/13/2021 - 9/24/2021 WSCJTC
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
Open
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