How NOT to get
Promoted with an Assessment Center Process! *Just pass the class information on to your competition,
as you'll be working for them soon enough!
Listen to everyone who tells you "don't worry about
the Assessment Center. Just "be yourself!""
Find someone who will tell you exactly what the last
assessment scenarios were, since they always do same
Don't read anything on assessment centers, but read
all you can about your policies and procedures.
Study for hours and hours for months ahead of your
assessment center by reading your departmental
manuals and policies
Don't read your job description for the new rank -
just sell yourself as how good you are at what you
Don't practice strengthening your core supervisory
and management skills
If your department won't pay for you to go to any
training prior to your promotion, such as a
supervisory/management course or a course like ours
that focus on assessment centers, do not
pay for a course yourself.
Do NOT attend ANY course that isn't POST or
"Certified" by your state certification agency. They
know what courses are best for you so stick to their
Do NOT read any professional journals or magazines
that would have articles on supervision or
management in public safety.
Only attend conferences that are exciting, and
involve either firing weapons, looking at cool
stuff, or hearing lectures about safety/survival and
advanced technical skills
Don't take any supervisory or management
skill-building courses - stick with what's worked
for you so far.
Wait until the last minute just before the
assessment center dates are announced and quickly
watch a video on assessment centers
Ignore your departments annual reports, long range
plans, budgets, and future needs - you won't need to
know about them anyway
Do not memorize your departments mission, values,
goals and objectives. Those are just trick
Don't worry about about the challenges the
department will be in 3-5 years; you'll still be
where you are now most likely.
Wait until after you are promoted to go to
Supervisory or Mid-Management training
*I hope you realize this was a "tongue in cheek"
However, if you are a more "serious" candidate, you may
want to dig a little deeper into what assessment centers
or practical exams
are and why they are used for public safety promotionals.
The most obvious difference with assessment centers is
that they measure core skills by what you say, do or
write during simulated scenarios, not by what you've
memorized or read for studying for a more traditional
pencil and paper test. It's up to you ultimately.
After all, it's YOUR career. All you have
to do now is REGISTER!
Sample of comments from recent course graduates:
Most common comment: "I wish I had contacted you at
least 3-6 months ago!"
June 11, 2013
Metzger and I took your class a few
months ago (at Alameda SD). I just
want you to know that we both took the
sergeants promotional test. I
ranked #1 and Derrick ranked #2 out of
Thank you Rick!
This was the best investment of my time
Elk Grove PD
I apologize for not getting back to you sooner, but
I wanted to let you know that I came out #1 (of 12) on
the Hayward PD Lieutenants exam last month. The guy who
took your classes with me came out #4 (out of 23 or so)
on the sergeants list. ...
I believe I have put myself in a good position to be
promoted sometime soon. I give a lot of credit to your
classes and personal advice for helping me achieve that
goal. Thanks again! -Jeff S.
3/12/12 Rick and Amy, Yesenia ( Lt. candidate) and I both
learned so much in your class this weekend. Thank you
for your generosity in offering the class to both of us.
I have thanked Commander Kennedy and shared with her
what a great class this is. I hope we are able to host
this class again soon. I will let you know when we are
preparing for another promotional exam. You most
certainly will see us again for the refresher and I'll
be spreading the word about your class and your book.
Thank you, Cheri Nobriga Sergeant, #1355 Alameda County Sheriff's Office Santa Rita Jail
Thanks again for going ahead with the
class in Oakland. Your program is superior to any that I
have participated in before. I am passing on these
leadership skills to my crew. Could you send me any
exercises that are "fire specific"? I want to get in as
much practice as I can. I want to thank you and Amy for your
efforts to improve leadership in the emergency services. T. H. Rice Lieutenant/Paramedic Engine 82-A Collierville Fire & Rescue (Tenn)
Hey Rick, I attended your training in Las Vegas in
February last year. I Just wanted to touch base with you
and let you know the results of promotional testing I
went through in July. On the assessment portion I scored
82.52 percent. Overall, out of 30 people testing, I
ranked 2nd and I was promoted to Sergeant in November. Thanks for the class. I'm sure that what
I learned helped.
Sgt. Erik VanHorn Broken Arrow Police Department (OK.)
Workshops are designed
for the Public Safety profession
Sworn as well as
Non-Sworn (Civilian) Supervisors and Managers