“Certification” as a Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor
Firearms Instructors who have successfully completed firearms instructor training can submit an application
for recognition as a Certified Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor.
Once approved by MPOETC, instructors are authorized to conduct annual
qualifications for active duty and retired law enforcement officers in
Pennsylvania. Instructors who wish to be listed publicly (as annotated
on the application form) will be added to the RLEIA Firearms Instructor
list. Instructors are responsible for locating and obtaining approval to
use a range appropriate for conducting qualifications. Instructors are
required to issue standardized qualification cards and are authorized
to charge a fee for conducting qualifications.
Ordering Qualification Cards
Instructors must obtain qualification cards from MPOETC by completing a request form
and submitting it with a certified check or money order (payable to the Commonwealth of PA) for $2.00 per card requested. Based on recent delivery issues, we recommend instructors track their package through the USPS when submitting card requests and follow-up with an email to RA-SPMPO_FIREARMS@pa.gov to let us know you order has been mailed.
Have the retired officer complete
the required qualification course of fire
. Once the
retired officer has successfully completed the course of fire, document
the required information on the acknowledgement form (make/model/ammo)
and sign the form. Remind the retired officer of their responsibility
to take the qualification card to the Sheriff’s Office for a
Within 30 days of conducting the
qualification, instructors must forward a copy of the completed
acknowledgement form to MPOETC. Instructors are required to retain a
copy of the completed acknowledgement for at least one year from the
date the qualification was conducted.
• Scanned copies of completed forms should be emailed to RA-SPMPO_FIREARMS@pa.gov
NOTE: The current version of the form removes the requirement to keep and provide a separate log of qualifications.
Instructors can replace
qualification cards that have been lost, stolen, destroyed, mutilated,
or are illegible. The retired officer must complete a new
acknowledgement form and the instructor should complete a new
qualification card. The new qualification card will contain the same
information as the original and will expire on the original date.
Instructors should annotate “replacement” under course/rounds fired.
Instructors can charge a fee to the retired officer for replacing
requesting removal from the list.