Instructor Certification and Recertification Requirements
Each subject matter has specific instructor certification requirements and training necessary to receive and maintain Instructor Certification (see below).
If you do not meet the instructor certification requirements you and your sponsoring agency will be notified of the denial and basis for it.
Once certification requirements are approved, you and your sponsoring agency will be notified by the MPTC. All certified instructors receive a certificate attesting to their authorization to teach a specific topic.
Re-certification: Instructor Certification expires. You are required to become recertified prior to the date of expiration. Complete the recertification steps outlined for the topic you teach and resubmit a separate Instructor Certification Application for each topic area to be taught.
Instructor Certification in the topics listed below must be recertified every year. Tap the topic's link to learn more about the topic's certification and recertification requirements.
Instructor Certification in the topics listed below must be recertified every three calendar years. Tap the topic's link to learn more about the topic's certification and recertification requirements.
Instructor Certification Process Overview
The MPTC has developed a tiered structure within its Instructor Certification Process. The purpose of these levels is to provide a mechanism to assist in the evaluation and mentoring of newly-certified instructors. The details listed here is a general description of the four levels of instructor certification. Each subject matter has specific instructor certification requirements and training necessary to receive and maintain MPTC-certified instructor levels and some specific requirements for recruit and in-service training. In some topic areas, there are additional requirements.
Level I Instructor Certification Overview
Level I certification is for interns who have attended an instructor trainer course and are expected to demonstrate their instructional abilities under the tutelage of Level III and/or IV instructors.
Level I instructor certification will be reserved for those instructors who have attended an MPTC instructor certification course and are serving as interns, so to speak. This mainly applies to the instructors who seek to be certified in the skills areas, such as firearms, defensive tactics, and medical first responder.
Level II Instructor Certification Overview
Level II certification is for instructors who have attended the six-day instructor development course (or equivalent), have at least five years of experience in the topic area, and have demonstrated knowledge and/or skill in the topic area.
Level II Instructors are entry-level instructors for the MPTC. Instructors must show they are proficient in the specific topic and demonstrate competency as an educator. For example, in addition to evaluating an instructor candidate’s topic-related training and experiences, the MPTC will also evaluate any previous teaching experiences and/or completion of general instructor development courses. A Level II Instructor can assist with and co-teach classes in the approved topic area but cannot serve as a MPTC Lead Instructor. Level II instructors can serve in a Level I capacity.
Level III Instructor Certification Overview
Level III Instructors are certified to be MPTC Lead Instructors which authorizes them to teach solo and to coordinate and plan classes. In order to advance from Level II to Level III, the instructor must meet progressive transition requirements. A Level III Instructor can serve in Level I and Level II capacities.
Level IV Instructor Certification Overview
Level IV Instructors serve administrative roles and act as evaluating agents for MPTC. They coordinate and monitor MPTC programs and serve as mentors for Level I, II, and III Instructors. The number of Level IV instructors is limited. The criteria required for Level IV Instructor Certification varies by specialized topic area. Due to the unique requirements at this level, many instructional topic areas do not have Level IV Instructors.