INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION APPLICATION
Step 1: Complete an online application at www.cogentid.com. Print and take receipt to the nearest Cogent Fingerprinting location to be fingerprinted
Step 2: Please submit supporting documentation as listed below to:
PA State Police
Lethal Weapons Certification Unit
8002 Bretz Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17112
Step 3: If approved, a certificate will be sent to the address provided in the application. Correspondence will be sent if there are questions/concerns regarding the documentation submitted.
Academic Instructor Requirements:
A certified copy of the college/university transcript that evidences compliance with the education standard.
Evidence of a minimum of 2 years’ experience as an instructor in a police academy, security academy, or other educational institutions teaching similar course material.
Skills Instructor Requirements:
A certified copy of the college/university transcript that evidences an undergraduate degree in Physical Education and 1 year experience in law enforcement, criminal justice, or the security industry.
A high school diploma, or GED equivalent, and 3 years of full-time experience as a physical education or martial arts instructor.
Firearms Instructor Requirements:
A copy of the Firearms Instructor certification issued by one of the following recognized organizations:
National Rifle Association (must be a “law enforcement” instructor)
Smith & Wesson
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Pennsylvania State Police
Please refer to the Act 235 Regulations (37§21.41) for more information on instructor rating requirements.