Guide Firearms Instructor Certification

Learn about the qualifications of becoming certified as a Firearms Instructional Trainer for the MPTC and its authorized programs. All Firearms Instructor's Certification expires after one year and must be renewed to maintain certification.

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Firearms Instructor Certification Training

Firearms Instructor Certification expires every calendar year.

To become certified as a Firearms Instructor register for the 12-Day Basic Firearms Course.

To maintain your Firearms Instructor Certification you must attend a Firearms Instructor Recertification course.

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Level I Basic Firearms Instructor

The Basic Firearms Instructor Qualification (Level I) will allow the instructor to recertify law enforcement personnel in his/her department or neighboring departments.

Qualification Requirements:

  1. Any person authorized to carry a firearm under Massachusetts General Law in the Commonwealth in the performance of their duties as a peace officer can apply to attend the Municipal Police Training Committee Basic Firearms Instructor School. Exceptions must be presented to the Municipal Police Training Committee Firearms Coordinator for approval.

  2. Any person from the above paragraph, who is retired as a Basic Firearms Instructor, can maintain their certification.

  3. Must have at minimum of 1 year of experience as an armed peace/police officer.

  4. Must attend a MPTC 12-Day Basic Firearms Instructor Program and successfully complete it.

Requalification:

Requalification is required every three (3) years and expires on December 31 of the third year from the date of qualification or the last requalification.

Note: If instructor has not re-qualified by the fourth (4th) year, the instructor must resubmit to MPTC for approval to attend a 12-Day Basic Firearms Instructor Program to become re-qualified.

Level II MPTC Basic Firearms Instructor

Level II MPTC Basic Firearms Instructors are authorized to teach any firearms Level I program and Basic Reserve Intermittent Firearms Program. A Level II Instructor may assist with Recruit Academy Firearms Programs or at Firearms Recertification training with Level III Instructors.

Certification Requirements:

  1. Must currently be a qualified Level I Instructor

  2. Shall have a minimum of four (4) years of documented experience with a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours per year of actively teaching firearms training.

    1. Documents shall include hours and dates taught.

    2. Documents shall be signed by OIC of firearms training or equivalent

    3. Documentation shall be presented to MPTC Firearms Coordinator

    4. Shall attend the MPTC Instructor Development Course.

    5. Shall attend a 1-Day Reserve / Recruit firearms familiarization course.

  3. Shall apply to the MPTC Instructor Certification Manager for instructor certification.

    Note: If assisting with recruit level firearms or Firearms Recertification Program, they must submit a resume to MPTC for approval. If working on the MPTC payroll, must have a current contract with the MPTC.

Recertification:

  1. Recertification is every year and expires on December 31 of each year.

  2. Document twenty (20) hrs. of instruction each year and submit documentation to MPTC Firearms Coordinator

  3. Attend a professional development course each year related to Use of Force or Firearms. Certificate of completion must be submitted to MPTC Firearms Coordinator.

  4. Apply to the MPTC Instructor Certification Manager for instructor certification.

Note: If the instructor misses the expiration, they will still fall under Level I requirements. If the instructor is expired more than three (3) years, they must repeat the above requirements.

Level III MPTC Lead Firearms Instructor

Level III MPTC Lead Firearms Instructors are authorized to teach any MPTC Firearms subject under Level I & II. Level III Firearms Instructors are Lead Firearms Instructors for MPTC. They are authorized to teach MPTC Recruit Firearms Curriculum and recertify MPTC Level I & II Firearms Instructors. When authorized by the Firearms Coordinator, a Level III may teach the 12-Day Basic Firearms Course. The Level III Instructors are in charge of their classes and have the responsibility to ensure the MPTC firearms curriculum is taught as designed and all proper paperwork is completed. They are also tasked with mentoring and evaluating the progress of Level II Firearms Instructors when they assist with programs.

Certification Requirements:

  1. Must complete all Level I & II requirements and have a current contract with the MPTC.

  2. Required to be a Level II Firearms Instructor for four (4) years and complete the hours attached to Level II requirements each year.

  3. Complete twenty-four (24) hours as an assistant with a Level III Instructor during MPTC Recruit Firearms Programs and MPTC Firearms Recertification Programs.

  4. Required to complete MPTC Use of Force Instructor Program.

  5. Attend annual firearms program update.

  6. Required to submit résumé, hours, and completion of above requirements to MPTC Firearms Coordinator.

  7. Apply to the MPTC Instructor Certification Manager for instructor certification.

Recertification:

  1. Recertification is every year and expires on December 31 of each year.

  2. Document twenty (20) hours of Lead Instruction each year and submit documentation to MPTC Firearms Coordinator. At least 8 hours must be monitored by a Master Level Instructor

  3. Attend a professional development course each year related to Use of Force or Firearms. Certificate of completion must be submitted to MPTC Firearms Coordinator

  4. Attend firearms update each year.

  5. Apply to the MPTC Instructor Certification Manager for instructor certification.

    Note: If the instructor misses the expiration, they will still fall under Level I requirements. If the instructor is expired more than three (3) years, they must repeat the above requirements.

Level IV MPTC Master Firearms Instructor

Level IV MPTC Master Firearms Instructors are authorized to teach all MPTC firearms programs. The MPTC Master Firearms Instructors role is to oversee, monitor, and mentor assigned programs by the MPTC Firearms Coordinator. They will submit monthly progress reports to the Assistant Firearms Coordinators as to the progress and observations they make while monitoring assigned programs. Level IV MPTC Master Firearms Instructors will schedule meetings in their assigned areas to develop, design, and update curriculums.

Assistant Firearms Coordinators will keep the Firearms Coordinator up to date as to the progress on assigned programs and issues that arise.

Certification Requirements:

  1. Must complete all Level I, II, and III requirements.

  2. Must have a current contract with the MPTC.

  3. Required to be a Level III Firearms Instructor for four (4) years and document Twenty (20) hrs as Lead Instructor each year.

  4. Complete a twenty-four (24) hour Master Firearms Instructor Certification Course designed to deliver the goals and objectives of the MPTC.

  5. Required to submit résumé, hours, and completion of above requirements to MPTC Firearms Coordinator.

  6. Paper work will then be submitted to Level IV Instructor committee for approval.

  7. Apply to the MPTC Instructor Certification Manager for instructor certification.

    Note: Level IV Master Instructors will be approved only as needed. A list of candidates will be established and maintained. If a need for Level IV instructors arise, candidates can apply and interviews will be established to fill the need.

Recertification:

  1. Level IV is required to be an active member of the Firearms Steering Committee and attend the majority of meetings.

  2. Must continue to submit monthly progress reports.

  3. Must submit an application for recertification annually to the MPTC Instructor Certification Manager prior to December 31.

  4. Apply to the MPTC Instructor Certification Manager for instructor certification.

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