6.03 - LEOSA Instructor Certification

6.03. LEOSA Instructor Certification

(1) Requirements. For certification as a LEOSA Instructor, a person shall provide documentation of:

(a) A valid LTC; and

(b) Current status as at least one of the following:

1. a Law Enforcement Firearms or Personal Protection Instructor from a nationally recognized organization that teaches personal protection, practical handgun skills and the proper use of force with a firearm, or a firearms instructor certified by such organization;

2. a federal, state or municipal law enforcement firearms instructor;

3. a United States military firearms instructor;

4. a firearms instructor of the MPTC, or a firearms instructor certified by the MPTC;

5. a firearms instructor of a firearms manufacturer or its academy, or a firearms instructor certified by such academy; or

6. any other person, in the discretion of the Colonel, competent to give instruction in a LEOSA course which may include any person who operates a firearms training program as described in 515 CMR 6.04.

(2) Basic Firearms Safety Instructors. Certification as a Basic Firearms Safety Instructor in accordance with 515 CMR 3.00: Firearms Course and Instructor Certifications and Firearms Surrender Programs is separate and distinct from LEOSA Instructor certification. Basic Firearms Safety Instructor certification does not guarantee LEOSA Instructor certification, nor is it a prerequisite for such certification.

(3) Application. An application for certification as a LEOSA Instructor can be obtained by writing to the Department of State Police, Licensing Unit, 470 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA 01702 or by visiting www.mass.gov/msp. Upon completing the application and submitting the application fee as set forth in the application, and required documentation, the package can be mailed or delivered to the same address. The Colonel may require additional verifying or other information, such as suitability information, as deemed necessary before issuing certification. Certification or non-approval will be mailed to the applicant.

(4) Instructor Certification. Certification as a LEOSA Instructor shall be valid for a period of ten years, unless sooner revoked by the Colonel for failure to meet the licensing standards for a LTC, LEOSA Instructor standards, LEOSA Instructor obligations, or because of unsuitability, in the discretion of the Colonel. Each LEOSA Instructor's Certificate shall be on a form prescribed by the Colonel and shall be designated a unique number.

(5) Certified LEOSA Instructor Obligations. The LEOSA Instructor shall:

(a) Require students to complete an application prescribed by the Colonel to be completed upon certification. The application, signed and dated by the student, shall be maintained by the instructor for a minimum of one year following expiration of any subsequently-obtained LEOSA Qualification Card. A copy of the application may also be given to the student.

(b) Require, on the course date, the student to present a valid retired law enforcement officer identification card issued by the law enforcement agency from which the student retired, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 926C, indicating at a minimum that the officer is an otherwise qualified retired law enforcement officer.

(c) Require, on the course date, the student to present a valid license to carry issued pursuant to M.G.L. c. 140, § 131.

(d) Forward information regarding students who successfully complete the instructor's LEOSA course on a separate form prescribed by the Colonel to the Department of State Police, Licensing Unit, 470 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA 01702.

(e) Forward information regarding students who do not successfully complete the qualification course to the Colonel and the law enforcement agency from which the student obtained his or her valid retired law enforcement officer identification card.

(f) Issue the LEOSA Card, on a form prescribed and authorized by the Colonel, to the student upon successful completion of the qualification course.

(g) Forward a copy of each student's LEOSA Card to the law enforcement agency from which the student is retired.

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