Welcome to the Experience Domain!  Experience is the knowledge gained from direct participation.  While the knowledge gained from training, education or observation is valuable, no one will be considered competent without doing “it” at least once, and usually many more times and under different conditions.

There are four criteria in the Experience Domain, one of which is mandatory.  You must achieve at least 100 points in this domain, including participating in at least one SWAT deployment.[1]  You may attain additional points by completing elective criteria, some of which may be repeated for additional points.  Review the worksheets in the Experience Domain for a detailed explanation for how points are awarded, as well as information on grading, validation, repeatability and other information that will be used to assess the amount of points awarded.  The worksheets may be examined online or downloaded for your convenience.

When uploading documents for accreditation, you MUST provide the document in either PDF or MS Word format and use the following naming format:  (your tracking number), followed by (the criterion ID).  If you are uploading additional documents for the same criterion, use a hyphen and letter.  See example below:

A candidate has completed an after action review and is uploading it for accreditation.  The candidate first scans the hardcopy to a PDF format and labels it with their tracking number, followed by the domain criterion ID.  Example:  CA3697, E-1

When additional documents are added, a letter is appended to the domain criterion ID, proceeding alphabetically for each additional document. Example:

[CA3697, E-1],    [CA3697, E-1A],    [CA3697, E-1B1st Document   2nd Document  3rd Document and so forth

The document is then uploaded from this site where it will be stored in a repository until sufficient points have been accrued to merit an examination by the Board of Certification.

[1] Note:  Merely being activated for a SWAT operation will not suffice.  To receive credit for this requirement, a candidate must actually be deployed.

Mandatory

This criterion is mandated.  Regardless of successful completion of any other criteria, certification requires that this criterion be successfully completed.

One basic requirement for expertise is experience, which refers to the accumulation of knowledge, skills and abilities as a result of direct participation in events or activities.  Successful participation for this criterion requires a candidate to personally demonstrate the knowledge or perform in the operator role in actual conditions in at least ten distinct instances.  This criterion may be repeated an additional ten time for credit.

INSTRUCTIONS:

A — Number of points per incident

B — Maximum number of times this criterion can be repeated for credit

C — Minimum number of points to attain credit

D — Maximum number of points attainable

Electives

This criterion is optional. It is not necessary for a candidate to complete this particular criterion for certification.

The value of observing a particular role being performed cannot be overestimated. For most candidates, it is the first occurrence which combines the requisite knowledge with some physical activity. Accordingly, personally observing someone performing in a particular role under actual conditions is exceeded in value only by personally participating. This criterion recognizes the value of personal observation in actual conditions for enhancing knowledge, understanding and insight in accomplishing the specific role.

INSTRUCTIONS:
A — Number of points per incident
B — Maximum number of times this criterion can be repeated for credit
C — Minimum number of points to attain credit
D — Maximum number of points attainable

This criterion is optional. It is not necessary for a candidate to complete this particular criterion for certification.

Many experts and craftsmen learn their skills directly from a practitioner who has already mastered a specific role. Doctors have interns, tradesmen have apprentices and police have rookies. This criterion recognizes the contribution toward learning a role by coaching and mentoring. Counterpart training is simply the exchange of information between individuals performing the same or similar roles under corresponding conditions.

INSTRUCTIONS:
A — Number of points per incident
B — Maximum number of times this criterion can be repeated for credit
C — Minimum number of points to attain credit
D — Maximum number of points attainable

This criterion is optional. It is not necessary for a candidate to complete this particular criterion for certification.

Given the voire dire procedures for courts, a person called to testify as an expert has already been acknowledged as an expert. Notwithstanding, the study and preparation necessary to render accurate and reliable opinions in a court of law serve to sharpen the focus and increase the knowledge of relevant factors in a particular role. Accordingly, this criterion recognizes the contribution of expert testimony to increasing the knowledge, understanding and insight of individuals regarding a specific role.

INSTRUCTIONS:
A — Number of points per incident
B — Maximum number of times this criterion can be repeated for credit
C — Minimum number of points to attain credit
D — Maximum number of points attainable