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Firearms Instructor Training Program

Acronym: 
FITP
Length: 
10 Training Days
Accreditation Status: 

Description

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 and the skills necessary to function as a law enforcement firearms instructor.  The program also introduces the new instructors to teaching techniques as well as identifying and resolving shooting problems/errors.

Prerequisites

  1. Applicant must be a full-time law enforcement officer/agent or military 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. Must be experienced in or possess the potential for presenting instructional material to law enforcement personnel.
  3. Qualified in parent agency course of fire.
  4. Actively engaged in, or expected to be detailed as a firearms instructor for parent organization.
  5. Must be in good physical condition with no medical restrictions and pass a FLETC health screening.
  6. Must demonstrate individual firearms proficiency by successfully completing a handgun skills assessment.
  7. Scoring a minimum of 85% (255) on a standard course of fire during the first day of the program.

Required Training Materials

  • Agency issued handgun
  • Leather/web gear (Gear not authorized for use are: Auto Lock, Trigger Finger Release Style Holsters that require the trigger finger to deactivate/disable the retention mechanism, Shoulder Holsters, Cross Draw Holsters, Inside the belt holsters, or Ankle Holsters.)                                 

Note: If a student cannot bring their agency issued handgun, FLETC (all sites) will provide the student a handgun for training.

For Cheltenham Students:

  • You must bring proper range attire. Training uniforms are not provided.
  • Issued semi-automatic pistol
  • Duty belt with holster (Gear not authorized for use are: Auto Lock, Trigger Finger Release Style Holsters that require the trigger finger to deactivate/disable the retention mechanism, Shoulder Holsters, Cross Draw Holsters, Inside the belt holsters, or Ankle Holsters.) 
  • A minimum of 3 magazines. Ammunition and range safety equipment will be provided.

Program Syllabus/Curriculum

  • Basic Marksmanship Instruction
  • Target Analysis
  • On-line Instruction - FITP
  • Instructional Techniques & Training Aids - FITP
  • Range Organization and Administration - FITP
  • FLETC Practical Pistol Course (FLETC PPC)
  • Weapons Descriptions
  • Advanced Shotgun - FITP
  • Judgment Pistol Shooting - FITP
  • Off-Range Firearms Safety - FITP
  • Basic Marksmanship for Revolvers - FITP
  • Submachine Gun Familiarization for FITP
  • Fundamentals of Reactive Shooting for Instructors
  • Firearms Range Safety
  • Law Enforcement Rifle
  • Non-Lethal Training Ammunition (NLTA)
  • Introduction to Ammunition & Ballistics

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) 554-4321
Artesia: (575) 746-5962
Charleston: (843) 746-0865  
Cheltenham: (301) 877-8430