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NEW MPTC Instructor Certification

Effective November 1, 2021 - An individual must be an MPTC certified instructor to teach MPTC curriculum, no matter where they intend to teach the curriculum.

Only instructors who will be paid by the MPTC to teach MPTC curriculum are also required to complete the State Fiscal Instructor Contract "prior" to teaching.

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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Goals of the NEW Instructor Certification and Development Program

The MPTC has been working over the past several months to create an Instructor Certification and Development Program. The goals of the program are:

  • to simplify and clarify the instructor certification process;
  • to create a transparent process based on objective standards; and
  • to improve the quality of training we provide officers

NEW Instructor Certification and Development Program

The MPTC began rolling out the program November 1, 2021 and will continue the process throughout the month of November 2021. Please understand that this is a work in progress.  Your patience as we implement these improvements to the MPTC training program is greatly appreciated.

The first part of the program to be rolled out is the process for certifying new instructors. Under the umbrella of this program will be the following:

  1. A new three (3) day Instructor Certification Course; and
  2. A new three (3) day Patrol Tactics (PTAC) Instructor Certification Course; and
  3. The six (6) day Instructor Development Course; and
  4. An Instructor Observation and Development Team; and
  5. A new streamlined certification process through ACADIS; and
  6. New Instructor Leveling

NEW Instructor Certification Courses

Instructor Certification Course

This is a three-day course required for all classroom-based instructor certifications with the MPTC. This course will be led by Steve Taranto. This course is required for NEW instructors only. If an individual has already successfully completed the six-day Instructor Development Course, they will not be required to take the three-day course. 

Patrol TACtics (PTAC) Instructor Certification Course

Any instructor applying to teach in the following disciplines will be required to successfully complete the three-day Patrol Tactics Advisory Group Instructor Certification Course:

  1. Patrol Procedures including Active Shooter and Motor Vehicle Stops
  2. Bola Wrap
  3. Critical Care/CPR/First Responder
  4. Defensive Tactics
  5. Electronic Control Weapons (Taser)
  6. Firearms
  7. MILO Simulations

An individual applying to teach in the above seven (7) categories will NOT be required to take the three-day (3) Instructor Certification Course.   

Instructor Development Course

The six-day (6) MPTC Instructor Development Course will remain in existence; however, it will not be a prerequisite for instructor certification with the agency.  This is a valuable class that is open to any individual looking to enhance their teaching and presentation skills and develop their own lesson plans.  Dori Ference will continue to lead the six-day (6) Instructor Development Course.

 

NEW Instructor Observation and Development Team

Every instructor will be observed annually by the Instructor Observation and Development Team as a requirement of instructor certification.  The Instructor Team led by Dori Ann Ference will observe each instructor teaching a curriculum block and provide feedback, answer questions, and assist the instructor in developing goals to strive for excellence.   

Instructor Certification and Contract in ACADIS

Our goal is to simplify and clarify the instructor certification process and to create a transparent process based on objective standards.  The entire application and contract (if teaching for the MPTC) is done online through ACADIS.  Please see "Instructor Certification Requirements by Topic" for all requirements in a specific certification area.  Below is an outline of the step-by-step process:

Step One:          

  • Law enforcement applicants request Chief’s permission to apply for instructor certification.  The Chief is no longer required to initiate the process.  The process requires the applicant to provide the name of the individual giving permission to apply and an email will be sent to that person notifying them once the application has been filed.

Step Two: 

  • The individual files an application through ACADIS.          

Step Three:

  • MPTC certification manager reviews the application to assure applicant meets minimum  requirements.
  • If minimum requirements are not met, applicant is given an opportunity to supplement the application.  
  • Denied applications – notice sent to applicant and Chief (for law enforcement applicants).  Applicant given opportunity to appeal the denial to the Instructor Review Board.  The Instructor Review Board is a three (3) person board consisting of the Director of Training, Director of Programs and Standards, Statewide coordinator for applicable subject matter, or other MPTC personnel designated by the Director of Training.          

Step Four:         

  • Certification Issued and applicant is certified as an Instructor.

NEW Leveling of Instructors

An individual must be an MPTC certified instructor to teach MPTC curriculum, no matter where they will teach the curriculum. An instructor who does not intend to teach at MPTC academies will not be required to fill out a state contract to be paid by MPTC.

Instructor

Instructor levels I, II, III and IV have been eliminated and replaced with the following:

  • Instructor
  • Lead Instructor
  • Instructor Trainer

Instructor – This will be the largest category of instructors and includes anyone certified to teach the MPTC curriculum in specified subject matter of a classroom course. Classroom course is defined as a class that can be taught in a traditional classroom setting. 

Instructor Lead

This will be a limited group as these instructors will serve as the primary instructor for practical skills courses.  A practical skills course is defined as a class that includes training in skills not conducive to a classroom setting.  These classes require multiple instructors per class.  In order to become a Lead Instructor in an academy, the instructor must be certified and teaching in that discipline for at least two (2) years AND recommended as a Lead Instructor by either an Academy Director or a Statewide Coordinator.

Instructor Trainer

This will be a small number of instructors who are responsible for training and qualifying instructors.  This will be a limited group selected by the MPTC and statewide coordinators.

Instructor Certification Requirements by Topic

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
Vacant, Defensive Tactics Coordinator | For immediate assistance please contact Shane Rodriguez, Director of Programs and Standards at shane.Rodriguez@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
    Denise Flagg, Esq., Legal Instructor Certification | Email: Denise.S.Flagg@mass.gov

    MILO Interactive Simulation Training
    Vacant | For immediate assistance please contact Shane Rodriguez, Director of Programs and Standards at shane.Rodriguez@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

    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

    NEW Instructor Recertification

    We are in the process of finalizing a streamlined process for recertification of current instructors.  During this process, instructors may notice their level being changed from a number to the new system outlined above: Instructor, Instructor Lead, Instructor Trainer.   More information on recertification will be provided in the coming weeks.

    NEW Acadis Instructor Certification Application User Guide

    Download the NEW Acadis Instructor Certification Application Guide to apply for an instructor certification. Please utilize the WebForm via the MPTC Acadis Portal.to apply.

    Additional Resources for NEW Acadis Instructor Certification Application User Guide

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