Instructor Requirements

Instructor Requirements Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
 
Question: How can I become a certified instructor?

Answer: A person must have completed an Instructor Techniques course from a Commission-certified training school within the past four years of the date the instructor applicant applies for certification. The applicant must complete an internship where the individual will be evaluated by a certified instructor who is either the training center director, agency administrator who is also an instructor or another certified instructor designated by the training center director or agency administrator or designee, who will complete the Instructor Competency Checklist, CJSTC Form 81. In addition to the internship, the applicant must be evaluated by their students.

The applicant must become affiliated with either a training school or criminal justice agency, who submitss the
Instructor Application, CJSTC Form 71 to FDLE.   The application must have all of the required documentation indicated on the CJSTC Form 71 attached, including the CJSTC Form 81 attached.

 FDLE staff will review the application within 30 days of receiving notice, and will approve it if all documentation is in order. If information is missing, an
Instructor Certification Deficiency Notification, CJSTC Form 271 will be issued, indicating the problem areas.
 
Question: What do I do if I applied for instructor certification and received a form CJSTC 271?

Answer: Make appropriate corrections such as completing documents or providing missing documentation to the agency or training school where the application was submitted, or withdraw the application by checking the appropriate box and signing the form CJSTC 271. There is no penalty for correcting or withdrawing the application, and the instructor applicant can re-apply when corrective action is completed.
 
Question: What do I need to do if my Instructor Techniques course is more than four years old and I want to become a certified instructor?

Answer: A person would have to complete a General Instructor Refresher Course and apply for certification as noted in the first question.

Question: When does my instructor certification expire?
 
Answer: All instructor certifications expire on March 31st, four or more years after the initial certification, and every four years thereafter as long as requirements for maintenance are met.  Example:  If your application for certification was approved on July 1, 2007, your first renewal date will be calculated four years from the next March 31st, so your renewal date will be March 31, 2012.  If requirements for maintenance are met, the next expiration date would be March 31, 2016.

Question: How do I maintain my General Instructor Certification?

Answer: Once certified, the instructor must teach in a Commission-approved Basic Recruit, Advanced or Specialized Course or in an in-service course at an agency at least once within a 4-year period and document the instruction on Instructor Compliance Application, CJSTC Form 84.  The topic and instruction hours are determined by the training school or agency holding the certification.  The form must be turned in to the affiliating training school or agency before the certification expiration date.
 
Question: What do I have to do if my General Instructor Certification has lapsed?

Answer: Complete the General Instructor Refresher course and have the training center or criminal justice agency they are affiliated with submit a new Instructor Application, CJSTC Form 71 for FDLE staff review.
 
Question: How do I become a certified instructor in the high-liability topics of Firearms, Defensive Tactics, First Aid or Vehicle Operations?

Answer: A person must either posses a valid General Instructor Certification or be eligible for a General Instructor Certification and apply for General Instructor Certification at the same time as the high-liability topic.

The applicant must also have three years of experience as a certified officer or three years experience in the high-liability topic of instruction at the time they apply.  The applicant must have completed the applicable CJSTC High-Liability Instructor Course within four years of thedate the instructor applicant applies for certification, and provide CJSTC performance evaluation forms for the appropriate topic.

The applicant must also complete an internship where the individual will be dvaluated by a certified instructor in that topic who is either the training center director, agency administrator or designee who will complete the
Instructor Competency Checklist, CJSTC Form 81.  In addition to the internship, the applicant must be evaluated by their students.

The applicant must also complete an internship where the individual will be evaluated by The applicant must also complete an internship where the individual will be evaluated by a certified instructor in that topic who is either the training center director, agency administrator or designee who will complete the Instructor Competency Checklist, CJSTC Form 81. In addition to the internship, the applicant must be evaluated by their students.

If a person other than a medical professional is applying for First Aid Instructor Certification, in addition to the requirements outlined above, they must possess and maintain a valid CPR Instructor Certification from an entity referenced in
Rule 64J-1.022,  Florida Administrative Code.

The applicant must already be or become affiliated with either a training school or criminal justice agency, who submits the
Instructor Application, CJSTC Form 71. The application must have all of the required documentation indicated on the CJSTC Form 71 attached, including the CJSTC Form 81 attached.

FDLE staff will review the application within 30 days of receiving notice, and will approve it if all documentation is in order. If information is missing, a deficiency notification form CJSTC 271 will be issued, indicating the problem areas.

Medical professionals listed in Rule 11B-20.0014, F.A.C, do not have to meet the requirements of general instructor certification. The applicant must provide copies of their medical certification, and maintain a maintain a valid CPR Instructor Certification from an entity referenced in RuleChapter 64J-1.022, F.A.C. The applicant must complete an internship where the individual will be evaluated by a certified instructor who is either the training center director, agency administrator or designee who will complete the Instructor Competency Checklist, CJSTC Form 81. In addition to the internship, the applicant must be evaluated by their students.

Question:  What do I need to do if my High-Liability Instructor course is more than four years old and I want to become a certified high-liability instructor?
           
Answer:  In addition to the requirements listed in the answer to the previous question, a person would have to      demonstrate the proficiency skills, under the supervision of a currently certified high-liability instructor applicable to the high-liability topic.
 
Question: When does my high liability instructor certification expire?
 
Answer: The expiration date is set by the initial instructor certification a person receives. Topics that are added at a later date have the same expiration date as the initial expiration date.

For example:  If your application for general certifcation was approved on July1, 2007, your first nenewal date will be calculated four years from the next March 31st, so your renewal date will be March 31, 2012.  If you add a high-liability topic on July 1, 2009, the expiration date of both your General instructor Certification and the high-liability certification will remain March 31, 2012.
 
Question: How do I maintain my high-liability instructor certification(s)?

Answer: For each high-liability topic area, the instructor must teach in a Commission-approved Basic Recruit, Advanced or Specialized Course or in an in-service training course at an agency at least once within each 4-year maintenance cycle and complete continuing education approved by the training center director or agency administrator.

Any topic added within six months of an instructor’s renewal date will automatically renew without the instructor having to complete the maintenance requirements for the added topic.

First Aid instructors must provide a valid copy if their CPR instructor certification.

Medical Professional First Aid instructors must provide valid copies of their medical license or certification and CPR instructor certification.

 
Question: What do I have to do if my high-liability certification has lapsed?

Answer: In order to reactivate certification for that a topic, you they must demonstrate the proficiency skills for each topic you wish to reactivate and have the training center or criminal justice agency you they are affiliated with submit a new Instructor Application, CJSTC Form 71 with all required documentation, to FDLE staff for review.
 
Question: How do I become a certified as an instructor in specialized topic areas of Law, Speed Measurement, Canine Team Instructor and Breath Test Operator?

Answer: Each specialized topic has its own requirements, unique to that certification.

The applicant must become affiliated with either a training school or criminal justice agency, who submits the Instructor Application, CJSTC Form 71 to FDLE. The application must have all of the required documentation indicated on the
CJSTC Form 71 attached, including the CJSTC Form 81.

Law Topics Instructor - A person must either posses a valid General Instructor Certification or be eligible for a General Instructor Certification and apply for General Instructor Certification at the same time as the Law Topics Instructor Certification, have three years of experience as a certified officer and have a minimum of fifteen semester hours of college law courses which include both a constitutional law course and a criminal law course with a grade of “C” or better from an accredited college or university. The applicant must complete an internship where the individual will be evaluated by a certified instructor who is either the training center director, agency administrator or designee who will complete the
Instructor Competency Checklist, CJSTC Form 81. In addition to the internship, the applicant must be evaluated by their students.

A person who possess a juris doctorate from an accredited college or university does not have to meet the requirements for general instructor certification. The applicant must complete an internship where the individual will be evaluated by a certified instructor who is either the training center director, agency administrator or designee who will complete the
Instructor Competency Checklist, CJSTC Form 81. In addition to the internship, the applicant must be evaluated by their students.

Speed Measurement Instructor - A person must either possess a valid General Instructor Certification or be eligible for a General Instructor Certification and apply for General Instructor Certification at the same time as the Speeed Measurement Instructor Certification, have three years of experience as a speed measurement device operator, complete the Speed Measurement Instructor Course for Law Enforcement Officers, course 1159, and complete the
Speed Measurement Device Instructor Field Evaluation Form, CJSTC Form 10.  The applicant must complete an internship where the individual will be evaluated by a certified instructor who is either the training center director, agency administrator or designee who will complete the Instructor Competency Chekclist, CJSTC Form 81.  In addition to the internship, the applicant must be evaluated by their students.


Canine Team Instructor - A person must either possess a valid General Instructor Certification or be eligible for a General Instructor Certificationa and apply for General Instructor Certification at the same time as the Canine Team Instructor Certification, have three years of criminal justice canine team experience, complete the Canine Team Training Course and complete the Canine Team Instructor Course.  The applicant must complete an internship where the individual will be evaluated by a certified instructor who is either the training center director, agency administrator or designee who will complete the
Instructor Competency Checklist, CJSTC Form 81.  In addition to the internship, the applicant must be evaluated by their students.

The applicant must also provide verification that there is not a sustained "excessive use-of-force" complaint against the applicant which involved the use of a canine at the time the canine was under his or her comand.  Verification must be on agency letterhead and signed by the agency administrator or designee
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Breath Test Operator Instructor - A person must either posses a valid General Instructor Certification or be eligible for a General Instructor Certification and apply for General Instructor Certification at the same time as the Breath Test Instructor Certification, have three years of experience as a certified breath test operator and agency inspector, complete th Breath Test Instructor Course and hava a valid Breath Test Operator Permit and a valid Agency Inspector Permit at the time of application.  The applicant must complete an internship where the individual will be evaluated by a certified Breath Test Instructor who is either the training center director, agency admininstrator or designee who will complete the
Instructor Competency CHecklist CJSTC For 81.  In addition to the internship, the applicant must be evaluated by their students.


Question: When does my specialized topic instructor certification expire?

Answer: The expiration date is set by the initial instructor certification a person receives.  Topics that are added at a later date have the same expiration date as the initial expiration date.

For example:  If your application for certification was approved on July 1, 2007, your first renewal date will be calculated four years from the next March 31st, so your renewal date will be March 31, 2012. If you add a specialized topic on July 1, 2009, the expiration date of both your General Instructor Certification and the specialized topic certification will remain March 31, 2012.

Question: How do I maintain my specialized topic instructor certification(s)?

Answer: For each specialized topic area, the instructor must teach in a Commission-Approved Basic Recruit, Advanced or Specialized Course or in an in-service training course at an agency in the topic area at least once within each 4-year maintenance cycle and complete continuing education approved by the training center director or agency administrator.  Breath Test Instructors have to complete the Breath Test Instructor Renewal Course as part of their continuing education.

Any topic added within six months of an instructor’s renewal date will automatically renew without the instructor having to complete the maintenance requirements for the added topic.

Question: What do I have to do if my specialized topic certification has lapsed?

Answer: If an instructor fails to maintain a specialized topic, in order to reactivate their certification for that topic, they must complete an internship in the applicable topic which is documented on the Instructor Competency Checklist, CJSTC Form 81 and have the training center or criminal justice agency they are affiliated with submit a new Instructor Application, CJSTC Form 71.

Speed Measurement Instructors must also submit a current
Speed Measurement Device Instructor Field Evaluation Form, CJSTC Form 10.
Question: Where can I find the Florida Administrative Code Rules related to instructor certification?

The instructor related rules are found in Chapter 11B-20, Florida Administrative Code.