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Advanced Pistol Instructor Training Program

5 Training Days


The Advanced Pistol Instructor Training Program (APITP) is designed to challenge firearms instructors to take a critical look at traditional philosophies and methodologies. This program will equip firearms instructors with the knowledge and techniques required to perform and teach the fundamentals of tactical shooting and weapons handling skills under stress. This five day program is designed to educate firearms instructors so that they can teach the principles of advanced tactical shooting and move their agency training programs to the next level.  This is achieved by emphasizing gun fighting principles and using specific techniques such as the thumbs forward grip, proper body bio-mechanics, committed shot trigger control, and movement.  All these skills are designed to enhance the officer’s weapon control and ability to engage multiple targets.



1.  Applicant must be a certified law enforcement officer/agent with arrest authority in the prevention, detection, apprehension, detention and/or investigation of felony and/or misdemeanor violations of federal, state, local, tribal, or military criminal laws or active military.

2.  Applicant must have completed Survival Shooting Training Program (SSTP), Survival Shooting Training Program-Modified (SSTP_M), or Advanced Pistol Training Program (APTP).

3.  Applicant must be certified as a Firearms Instructor for their parent agency.

4.  Applicant must pass a Pistol Skill Assessment on the first day of training.  Failure to achieve a passing score on the course of fire will result in removal from the program.

5.  Must be in good physical condition with no medical restrictions and pass a FLETC health screening.

Required Training Materials


Program Syllabus/Curriculum

Firearms Safety Rules & Regulations
Instructional Techniques & Training Aids
Advanced Pistol Techniques and Instructional Methodologies

Program Registration

  • The Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) partner with numerous federal agencies to provide law enforcement training. If you are a member of one of these Participating Organizations, please contact your agency training officer for class availability.  If your agency is not a partner organization of the FLETC and you are interested in attending a course, please contact us at FLETC Admissions. Class availability is limited for non-partner organizations. 
  • The FLETC supports our local law enforcement communities by providing training opportunities, onsite at FLETC campuses and exported to host locations across the United States. State, local and tribal officers can apply for this training at FLETC Application for Student Training (FAST).
  • For more information on all training at FLETC, please contact us at FLETC Admissions.

Program Contact Info

Glynco: (912) 267-2353
Charleston: (843) 746-0865
Cheltenham: (301) 877-8547
Artesia: (575) 746-5705