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Guide MPTC Instructor Certification

This Guide provides specific requirements to receive and maintain certification as an instructional trainer in specific topics on behalf of the Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC).

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Overview

The Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC) certifies instructional trainers to teach certain topic(s) on behalf of the MPTC and its sponsored programs (i.e. Recruit, In-Service, Specialized, Basic Reserve programs). The MPTC certifies instructional trainers authorizing them to teach law enforcement officers certified topics mandated by the MPTC.  

  • Instructors authorized to train police officers within their own police department or outside police departments (non-contracted)
  • Instructors contracted (paid) by the MPTC to teach on behalf of the MPTC and its sponsored programs (i.e. Recruit, In-Service, Specialized, Basic Reserve programs) at MPTC and MPTC-authorized police academies and police training organizations. 

Minimum Requirements

  • All potential candidates actively employed in law enforcement must receive prior authorization from their employing department's chief or administrator to become an instructional trainer before registering for any instructor certification training
  • All authorized instructors must have attended at least one MPTC approved instructor development course or the MPTC 6-Day Prerequisite Instructor course prior to teaching any certified curriculum
  • MPTC Instructor Certification is open to police officers who meet the topic's qualification requirements 
  • The MPTC does not train police officers outside of Massachusetts
  • Certified instructors who fail to meet the re-certification requirements by the topic's expiration date will lose their certification as an instructional trainer until he/she has completed the re-certification requirements.
  • Every instructor contracted (paid) by the MPTC for instructional services rendered must have an active (valid) Instructor Contract. Make sure to renew your Instructor Contract prior to its expiration to avoid any delay in payment for instructional services rendered.
  • All instructors authorized to teach topics within the Recruit Officer Course curriculum are required to attend the four (4) hour Facilitated Learning for Law Enforcement Trainers
  • Contracted instructors (paid) by the MPTC for instructional services rendered must have an active (unexpired) Instructor Contract on file prior to commencement of instructional services

 

    Instructors Certified by the MPTC

    Potential candidates interested in becoming an authorized instructional trainer on behalf of the MPTC must meet specific experience and certification training requirements outlined within each topic. 

    • Potential candidates actively employed in law enforcement must receive prior authorization from their employing department's chief or administrator to become an instructional trainer before registering for any instructor certification training
    • Potential candidates may request certification in more than one topic provided they meet the qualification and training requirements outlined for each topic and must apply for instructor certification in each topic separately
    • Authorized instructors are required to attend instructor re-certification training outlined within the topic on or before the expiration date to maintain certification as an instructional trainer in the topic(s) 
    • All authorized instructors must attend at least one MPTC Prerequisite Instructor Course (Instructor Development) prior to teaching any certified curriculum 

    Instructors who train police officers within their own or outside police departments

    • Potential candidates must successfully complete the instructor certification training in the topic(s) to receive their Certificate of Completion
    • After completing a topic's Instructor certification training the Certificate of Completion is available to download by logging in to your MPTC Acadis Training Portal user account
    • The Certificate of Completion authorizes the instructor to teach police officers employed within their own police department or a surrounding police department (only)
    • Every instructor authorized to teach curricula certified by the MPTC is required to attend instructor re-certification training outlined within the topic on or before the expiration date to maintain certification as an instructional trainer in the topic(s) 

    Instructors teaching on behalf of the MPTC and its sponsored programs (i.e. Recruit, In-Service, Specialized, Basic Reserve programs) at MPTC and MPTC-authorized police academies and police training organizations.

    • Potential candidates must successfully complete the topic's instructor certification training. After completing a topic's Instructor Certification Training the Certificate of Completion is available to download by logging in to your MPTC Acadis Training Portal user account.
    • Upon completing the instructor certification training a request for Official Certification must be initiated via the MPTC Acadis Training Portal. Potential candidates can request an Official Certification in one or more topics provided all requirements have been met in each topic.
    • The law enforcement officer's department chief or administrator initiates the Request for Certification. Learn how to initiate Instructor Certification via the MPTC Acadis Training Portal
    • Upon review and the recommendation made by the MPTC's Subject Matter Experts, the instructor certification is issued by MPTC's Instructor Certification Manager
    • Every instructor contracted (paid) by the MPTC for instructional services rendered must have an active (unexpired) Instructor Contract on file at MPTC H.Q. on or before the date they begin teaching.
      • Failure to complete the Instructor Contract may result in a delayed payment or nonpayment for services rendered

    How to become certified as an MPTC Instructional Trainer

    The MPTC employs a cadre of knowledgeable, skilled practitioners to coordinate training and instructor standards related to training police officers in the areas of defensive tactics, domestic violence, firearms, health and wellness, highway safety, human trafficking, legal issues, CPR/first responder, patrol procedures and active shooter, sexual assault investigations and use-of-force application and decision-making.

    Instructor Qualifications

    Each subject matter (topic) listed below provides a guide to specific experience and training requirements necessary to qualify for and receive certification as an instructional trainer.

    Once certified, all authorized instructional trainers must complete the re-certification requirements outlined within the specific topic on or before the certification's expiration date.

    Instructor Certification Guides

    Provided below are the Municipal Police Training Committee's dedicated subject matter experts focused on specific, critical, high-risk training areas, responsible for coordinating training and certifications on behalf of the Municipal Police Training Committee, including curriculum and course development and instructor certification criteria and approvals. 

    CPR/First Responder
    Chief Neal Hovey, CPR/First Responder Coordinator | (978) 815-2153 | Email: Neal.Hovey@mass.gov | nhovey@topsfieldpolice.com
    Guide to CPR/First Responder Instructor Certification

    Defensive Tactics
    Sergeant Shawn Barbale, Defensive Tactics Coordinator | (774) 696-4073 | Email: Shawn.barbale@mass.gov 
    Officer Chuck Dichiara, Use of Force CoordinatorCell: (339) 222-8305 | Email: cdichiara@police.waltham.ma.us
    Guide to Defensive Tactics Instructor Certification

    Domestic Violence/Human Trafficking/Sexual Assault
    Maura Landry, MPTC Coordinator | (781) 437-0313 | Email: Maura.Landry@mass.gov
    Guide to Domestic Violence Instructor Certification
    Guide to Human Trafficking Instructor Certification
    Guide to Sexual Assault Instructor Certification

    Firearms
    Sergeant Jason Brennan, Firearms Coordinator | (508) 989-3578 | Email: Jason.brennan@mass.gov | jbrennan@medwaypolice.com
    Guide to Firearms Instructor Certification

    Health and Wellness
    Jason Shea, Health and Wellness Coordinator | (508) 317-1000 | Jason.p.Shea@mass.gov
    Guide to MPTC Health and Wellness Instructor Certification

      Legal Issues
      Sheila Gallagher, Esq., Legal Instructor Certification | (781) 437-0325 | Email: sheila.gallagher@mass.gov

      MILO Interactive Simulation Training
      John (Jack) Dube | (781) 589-5565 | Email: john.dube@mass.gov
      Guide to MILO Force Control Simulator Instructor Certification

      Patrol Procedures & Active Shooter
      Sergeant Timothy Watts, Patrol Procedures and Active Shooter Coordinator | (508) 868-5694 | Wattst@worcesterma.gov
      Guide to Patrol Procedures and Active Shooter Instructor Certification

      Initiate a request for Instructor Certification (Chief or Agency POC)

      Download the Instructor Certification User Guide for Chief or Agency POC

      • The instructor certification process will be initiated by the department Chief or Agency Point of Contact.
      • Department Chiefs and Agency Points of Contact will have access to view employees’ certifications on the MPTC Acadis Portal.
      • If the employee you are requesting an instructor certification application for is not listed in your department in the MPTC Acadis Portal, please refer to the MPTC Acadis Portal user guide for next steps.

        NOTE: Department Chief or Agency Point of Contact authorization is no longer required for instructor certification renewal on a specific topic. The MPTC relies on you to tell us when the MPTC should either revoke an instructor certification or not renew it. Otherwise, we will assume the instructor has remained in good standing with your department.

      Key Actions for Initiate a request for Instructor Certification (Chief or Agency POC)

      Renew Instructor Certification

      Download the Instructor Certification User Guide for Applicant

      • This guide details steps on how to complete an instructor application, how to submit an MPTC state fiscal instructor contract, and how to renew an instructor certification.
      • Applicants will need MPTC Acadis Portal access to complete an application.
        • If you are an officer and do not have a portal user account, you must contact your agency head (or designee) to request access.
        • If you are a civilian and do not have a portal account, send an email MPTCAcadis@Mass.Gov to request portal access

      Train-the-Trainer

      Instructors must complete the topic's instructor train-the-trainer to qualify as an instructional trainer authorized to teach in-service topic(s) within their own police department or on behalf of the MPTC and MPTC authorized police training organizations.

      In-service Train-the-Trainer

      Register online through the MPTC Acadis Training Portal. (NOTE: Registration closes five (5) days prior to the start date.)

      Select the train-the-trainer topic for dates and registration information. Please continue to check here for updates to additional training as training is finalized.

      1. Defensive Tactics - De-Escalation Techniques
      2. Domestic Terrorism
      3. Implicit Bias
      4. Instructor Development Program
      5. Legal Issues
      6. Longevity in Law Enforcement
      7. Responding to Pandemics and Similar Emergencies

      Key Actions for Train-the-Trainer

      Contract (receive payment) with the Commonwealth to provide instructional services

      Contracted instructors (paid) by the MPTC for instructional services rendered must have an active (unexpired) Instructor Contract on file.

      Separate from the instructor certification process is the process by which the MPTC pays some instructors to provide training. This requires the instructor to enter into a contract with the Commonwealth to provide instructional services. Every instructor contracted (paid) by the MPTC for instructional services rendered must have an active (unexpired) Instructor Contract on file at MPTC H.Q. on or before the date they begin teaching.

      • Failure to complete the Instructor Contract may result in nonpayment for services rendered

      Key Actions for Contract (receive payment) with the Commonwealth to provide instructional services

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