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Conducted Energy Weapon Operator Training (British Columbia)

Notice: This course has been developed specifically for officers in British Columbia and is consistent with the BC Provincial Policing Standards. Access for other interested parties will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Please contact CPKN's Support Desk for details.

Free for BC Police Officers, all others $25.00

Content Provider:
BC Ministry of Justice


3 hours

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Conducted energy weapons are a widely used by law enforcement to gain control of subjects in potentially violent situations. However, the use of CEWs is not without risk. The 2007 tragedy involving Robert Dziekanski precipitated a comprehensive examination of the use of CEWs. As a result of that review, the Braidwood Inquiry made numerous recommendations for the appropriate use of CEWs in the province of BC, including the implementation of Standards relating to CEW operator training.
Conducted Energy Weapon Operator Training is designed to ensure police officers can safely use a CEW and can articulate the legal, technical, medical, and accountability requirements for use of a CEW. The content of this course is consistent with the BC Provincial Policing Standards and is mandatory for all police officers who operate CEWs that province .

Classroom Component for BC Officers
This is a blended course offering. To receive CEW Operator Certification in the province of BC, police officers to successfully complete the online pre-requisite Conducted Energy Weapon Operator Training course, or another provincially-approved CEW operator training course, as well as a practical hands-on component and final assessment (to be scheduled by the officer’s police agency).
The face-to-face component of the BC CEW course will take approximately 7 hours to complete based on a class size of less than 15. Larger classes may require more time to complete the reality based scenarios.
A comprehensive Instructor’s Guide is available to ensure that the face-to-face session covers the same material and meets the same standard in every agency. The guide will help prepare the instructor for the session and include access to all training aids, a participant handouts and assessment materials. Access to the Instructor Guide can be arranged by contacting CPKN.

Learning Objectives

When you have completed this course you will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose of the BC Provincial Policing Standards pertaining to CEWs.
  • Explain the CEW operator certification, recertification requirements, and additional requirements for CEW Operator certification.
  • Describe a CEW, the approved CEWs in BC, and the three modes that they operate in.
  • Compare and contrast pain compliance and neuromuscular incapacitation.
  • Explain the National Use of Force Framework/Incident Management Intervention Model.
  • Describe response options and apply them in practical terms.
  • Explain the bodily harm threshold for CEW use and apply them in practical terms.
  • Explain some of the federal statutes pertaining to use-of-force – Criminal Code (CC).
  • Explain the BC Police Act.
  • Identify your police agency operational policy.
  • Explain civil liability, public accountability, and professional reputation.
  • Explain and apply the BC Provincial Policing Standards – CEW Threshold and Circumstances of Use.
  • Identify the CEW components and how to handle CEW cartridges (loading and unloading).
  • Explain Preferred Target Zones and potential physiological effects/injuries.
  • Explain how to handle CEW cartridges (loading and unloading).
  • Explain the role of the automated external defibrillators (AEDs).
  • Explain medically high-risk CEW discharge and medical considerations if physiological effects/injuries occur.
  • Define emotionally disturbed persons.
  • Define key words regarding CEW incidents.
  • Explain the BC Provincial Policing Standards – Use-of-Force Reporting and Data Collection Standards and the BC Provincial Policing Standards – Internal Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW) Controls and Monitoring.
  • Explain the Subject Behaviour Officer Response Reporting.
  • Explain CEW Operator documentation and downloading responsibilities.

Target Audience

Sworn Police, Government and Other First Responders


Officers seeking certification in British Columbia must successfully complete the BC Crisis Intervention and De-escalation (CID) training, or another similar provincially-approved course, prior to taking the Conducted Energy Weapon Operator Training course.

Content Provider

Led by the BC Ministry of Justice, Police Services Division, the content for this course was provided by a working group comprised of selected independent municipal police and RCMP use-of-force subject matter experts.