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Firearms Instructor Training Program (FITP)

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The Firearms Instructor Training Program (FITP) is designed to provide newly assigned firearms instructors with a familiarization of a variety of firearms, to include care and maintenance. The program also introduces the new instructors to teaching techniques as well as identifying and resolving shooting problems/errors. Participants should bring their agency issued handgun and leather/web gear for this training (no trigger finger manipulation, cross-draw or thigh holsters).

Type: Advanced

Length: 10 class days


  • Advanced Handgun/Shotgun Stress
  • Advanced Shotgun Techniques
  • Basic Marksmanship Instruction
  • Downed/Disabled Officer Course
  • Dual Assailant
  • Firearms Safety Rules and Regulations
  • Handgun/Shotgun Stress
  • Indoor Reduced Light
  • Instinctive Reaction
  • Instructional Techniques
  • Instructor Liabilities
  • Judgment Pistol Shooting
  • Officer Survival
  • Off-Range Safety
  • On-line Instruction
  • On-line Instruction with Basic Students
  • Preventing Injury and Illness on Ranges
  • Range Organization and Administration
  • Rifle Lecture/Laboratory
  • Semiautomatic Lecture/Laboratory
  • Situation Response Exercises
  • Submachine Gun Familiarization
  • Survival Shooting Techniques
  • Target Analysis
  • Trauma Management
  • Use of Cover Drills
  • Some courses are student taught including
    but not limited to the following:
    • Advanced Handgun/Shotgun Stress
    • Downed/Disabled Officer Course
    • Dual Assailant
    • Agency Specific Courses of Fire


Instructors assigned to coordinate and work with these programs have a significant background in law enforcement/military and special weapons training. The instructional staff includes personnel from federal, military, state and/or municipal law enforcement agencies. All instructors assigned to teach in these programs attend special instructor training programs in the disciplines assigned.

Prerequisites for Attendance

For acceptance into this program the applicant must meet the following criteria: currently serve as a full-time law enforcement officer or active military; experience in, or possess the potential for presenting instructional material to law enforcement personnel; qualified in parent agency course of fire; actively engaged in, or expected to be detailed as a firearms instructor for parent organization; be in good physical condition; pass a FLETC health screening and demonstrate individual firearms proficiency by successfully completing a handgun skills assessment, scoring a minimum of 85% (255) on a standard course of fire during the first day of the program.

Additional Information

Students are encouraged to bring their issued semi-automatic pistol, issued leather gear (no trigger finger manipulation, cross-draw or thigh holsters) and a minimum of 3 magazines. Ammunition and range safety equipment will be provided as will the FLETC uniform*.

* Uniforms are not provided at FLETC Cheltenham, Maryland.

Upon request, this program is also available as an export to an agency’s location.


Contact Information

If you need additional information or have questions about the advanced training programs offered by the FAD, please refer to the contact information below.

FAD, Building 166
1131 Chapel Crossing Road
Glynco, GA  31524

Telephone:  912-267-2278


Training Dates

G_FITP-410 / Glynco, GA -- Sep 15, 2014 to Sep 26, 2014