Lethal Weapons Training Program

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.

AND/OR

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.

                                               AND/OR

  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.