“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 CardsEffective August 15, 2022, RLEIA Qualification Cards will be provided to instructors as a personalized digital template that can be printed by following the instructions below. Instructors who have not yet requested their pesonalized digital card may continue to use the previously issued blue qualification cards. Instructors who recently submitted a card order that has not yet been filled will be contacted by MPOETC staff. Instructors may request a personalized digital card template at any time by submitting a request form along with a money order or certified check, payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in the amount of $2.
Instructions for printing qualification cards - Instructors will receive a 2-page digital PDF document that contains a FRONT and BACK page for the Qualification Card.
• The cards can be printed using regular white Avery 5371 business card stock.
• When printing, select CUSTOM SCALE 100% (otherwise the PDF won’t print to fit the card stock).
Instructions for filling out qualification cards - When filling out a Qualification Card for an officer, the instructor should fill out the card the same way they always have with the addition of adding a sequential number where the old card number used to be. This number should start at 1 for the first person the instructor qualifies and will increase by one for each subsequent qualification. The “card number” that gets documented on the Retired Officer Concealed Carry Acknowledgement Form will match the Qualification Card and should consist of the instructor’s unique number followed by the sequential number that tracks how many qualifications the instructor has completed (starting at 1 with the move to the new card).
• Print on both sides of the card stock, either by using a two sided printer or by printing the FRONT first and then turning the page over and printing the BACK.
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
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.