First Level Supervision

The job of a First Level Supervisor is perhaps the most challenging position in the organization and clearly critical to its success.  Based upon a comprehensive Job Task Analysis conducted jointly with its stakeholders, the Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC) has re-designed the First Level Supervision Training program.

The revised 40 hour offering will focus on adult critical thinking and development of higher levels of problem solving.   The new-found knowledge, skills and abilities will then be applied to resolving real world supervisory situations.   Students will be presented with a comprehensive ill-structured problem and confronted with the seven product specifications that were identified in the Job Task Analysis:

  • Demonstrate interpersonal communication skills
  • Coach and mentor employees
  • Generate and manage documentation
  • Identify and manage department resources
  • Manage critical incidences
  • Evaluate employee performance
  • Demonstrate an understanding of progressive discipline practices and "just cause" protocol

Students will work in teams to develop presentations throughout the week related to the seven specification areas.   The teams will be compelled to examine leadership situations that require them to be self-directed and self-motivated in order to be successful.   A final presentation will be made at the end of the week demonstrating how participants incorporated the product specifications into their examination of the problem and development of a well-researched solution.  

This course is part of the Career Level Certification Series.

To register for the course, contact your Training Manager to assign the training to you via Acadis.

Free for mandated personnel.  $300 for non-mandated.

Leanna Bidinger (Statewide Regional Training Manager, Leadership Manager)

(206) 255- 5468

Who can attend our classes?

This course is mandated for first-level supervisors actively employed in the corrections and law enforcement fields

Non-mandated students access:  Mandated students will have priority into class.  If there is space after all mandated personnel applications are received, we will accept non-mandated students into the class.  Due to this process, non-mandated students may receive short notice of the acceptance.  Lodging and meals are at the expense of the non-mandated attendees.

Required Equipment

  • Laptop
  • Flash drive
  • Note taking materials

Pre-Course work

Please have the following article read prior to the first day of class: Coach, Mentor, Leader, Manager.

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.


This course is required for First Level Supervisors in law enforcement and corrections. For more information on these regulations please review the following RCW and WAC:

 RCW 43.101.350

WAC 139-25-110


The Training Catalog in Acadis reflects current courses offered by Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. For each course, you may view a list of available training and request enrollment for any future events. Click here to view the catalog.


Deadline to cancel is 7 days prior to class.  Send an email to to cancel your registration.

$300 no show or late cancellation fee.