IALEFI® Firearms Instructor Course 

The Firearms Instructor Course is designed to train law enforcement, military, and licensed security personnel as firearms instructors. This 44-hour course is highly interactive with students directly participating in course presentation through developing and teaching segments of learning while being mentored by experienced firearms instructors.

Students attending will learn the duties and responsibilities of law enforcement firearms instructors. Students will learn methods of instruction, how to prepare, and present lesson plans. Students will learn range procedures, range commands, range safety, and range control.  Students will learn how to diagnose and correct problems shooter.

Students must complete the following required exercises.

  1. Students must research and present a classroom briefing of an adjudicated state or federal court case and in class, teach its effects on law enforcement firearms training (i.e. Margate).
  2. Students will develop a lesson plan and course of fire from numerous enforcement firearms instructional objectives. They will present that objective in the classroom and their developed course of fire on the range.
  3. Students will research an officer-involved shooting incident that has occurred in their agency, area, or has national prominence. They will develop a course of fire to address the lessons learned from the incident and present it on the range.

The course consists of the following sections of learning:

Orientation and Course Overview
IALEFI® Safety Check and Shooting Pretest
Liability and Court Case Exercises
Duties and Responsibilities of LE Firearms Instructors
Pistols and Revolvers
Preparation of Lesson Plans
Methods of Instruction
Range Procedures – Commands and Safety
Diagnosing and Correcting Shooter Problems
Practical Range Exercises (Including low light)
Written Examination

The course was developed by a panel of subject matter experts with decades of experience teaching new firearms instructors. It was extensively pilot tested and received excellent student evaluations. The result is a challenging firearms instructor training program that both employers and instructors can be confident in.

This program may be used as an instructor’s initial course or as a supplement to past training and serves as another alternative to prepare firearms instructors.

Duration: 5-Days (44 hours)

Tuition:  $750.00

Equipment Required:

  • 1000 Rounds of pistol or revolver duty ammunition (for the weapon brought). Training ammunition (Ball or FMJ) is acceptable provided it has the same felt recoil of duty ammunition. All ammunition must be factory loaded ammunition.
  • Semi-automatic duty pistol – 9mm or larger, with a duty security holster, three magazines and magazine pouch capable of holding two magazines OR double-action revolver – .38 special or larger, with a duty security holster, three speedloaders and speedloader pouch capable of holding three speedloaders.
  • Complete gun belt setup including handcuff case, belt keepers, flashlight holder or a belt holster and belt for duty use (students who are assigned to plainclothes).
  • Hearing protection – muff type preferred and double (muff and ear plugs) recommended.
  • Eye protection which must be wrap around or have add-on side panels.
  • Baseball type cap or brimmed hat.
  • Utility uniform or clothing suitable for range and classroom sessions.
  • Rain gear.
  • Jacket and gloves.
  • Duty flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Gun cleaning kit for pistols or revolvers.
  • Soft body armor.
  • Whistle and timing device (Optional)
  • Students must present copy of the required instructors certification to IALEFI® instructors opening morning.
  • Students are required to have computer or tablet capable of Internet research, use of a USB Flash Drive and printer to attend and complete the IALEFI® Firearms Instructor Course. It may be a home computer or hotel work station. Ensure this is done prior to the course.
  • Shoot a 90% (Maximum two opportunities) qualifying shooting score on day one (Attached).
  • Students must present one 10 minute classroom lecture on assigned court case and explain how it affects law enforcement firearms training/procedures.
  • Students will be required to do a 10 minute classroom presentation on assigned required firearms student objective and must use at least one visual aid. Then, based on the presentation teach a 20 minute semi-auto pistols range exercise on that objective.
  • Students will be required to conduct a 20 minute semi-auto pistols range exercise course based on an incident that has occurred in or near his jurisdiction in the past ten years. Student need to relate to this incident and build their lesson plan on “Lessons Learned” from this incident. A written lesson plan with course of fire must be completed and submitted by Wednesday (day three) afternoon. Course of fire must be 24 rounds or less and conducted with the course the student developed during the class.


Student Requirements:

Students must have a background as a basic law enforcement, military, or civilian instructor. Acceptable programs of adult learning include general topics instructor and any degree in education.

Students must have the required equipment on each day of the course (no equipment sharing permitted as it delays valuable learning time).  They must be physically able to walk, run, bend over, kneel and carry equipment for short distances.  They must have successfully completed a basic instructor program, law enforcement or military instructor program, or a civilian equivalent, of at least 32 hours in length.

Student should obtain a copy of their state licensing or agency FIC lesson plan for use during the course if possible. Students should bring a laptop to use when developing lesson plans and courses of fire.

Student attendance in course training is important.  However, it is understood that circumstances may develop that interfere with that goal. Instructors may excuse students for a maximum of 10% of class time only for exigent circumstances (court appearance, family emergency).  Students remain responsible to complete all learning, written and practical testing by the scheduled end of the course.


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