MPTC HANDGUN, PATROL RIFLE, PATROL SHOTGUN & LESS LETHAL
STANDARDS FOR TRAINING & RE-QUALIFICATION APPROVED
The MPTC has approved all the above course standards for training and
requalification. The standard establishes a minimum number of rounds
to be fired for training & qualification as well as the frequency of training.
PATROL RIFLE STANDARDS FOR RE-QUALIFICATION & TRAINING
The patrol rifle standard for qualification requires the use of ammo which is of the same caliber and duplicates the ballistics of your duty ammo. To promote better training with the Patrol Rifle, the MPTC Firearms Training Working Group has recommended that the use of pistol caliber upper receivers or rifles and ammo be approved under the TRAINING portion of the standard. If an agency wishes to take advantage of this change, all operational functions of the training rifle MUST mirror their duty weapons. This includes but is not limited to charging handles, safeties, magazine release buttons and bolt release buttons. The purpose of this change is to promote the use of steel reactive targets and accommodate training on indoor ranges as well as reducing the long term ammo cost of training. The .22LR rimfire cartridge is considered a pistol caliber cartridge for the purposes of this training.
RECRUIT OFFICER FIREARMS CURRICULUM
The new Recruit Officer Curriculum (ROC) requires two (2) consecutive passing scores on the Duty Pistol Qualification course. Because the 20 Hour Reserve / Intermittent Firearms course is a "recruit" level program, this qualification standard now applies to that course of fire as well. It is important to note that this requirement is ONLY for the new recruit's test out phase in the firearms program. Veteran officers whether full time or part time need only achieve an 80% minimum passing score once per qualification period.
RESERVE INTERMITTENT RECRUIT OFFICER FIREARMS PROGRAM - UPDATE
As previously announced here, the 20 hour Reserve / Intermittent Firearms Program has been cancelled with the implementation of the 56 hour MPTC Recruit Firearms program into the Reserve/Intermittent training program, effective 1 January 2019, for all recruit municipal reserve and intermittent officers authorized to carry a firearm in the course of their duties. At the academy level, this program will be led by a LEVEL III Firearms Instructor. If the program is presented at the department level for their new officers, it may be taught by a MPTC Level II (Advanced) Firearms Instructor or higher. Basic Firearms Instructors may assist with the program however they are not to be the Lead Instructor. In either case, the new MPTC Recruit Firearms Program as contained in the ROC shall be followed.
Updated 6/11/18 & 1/1/2019
MPTC FIREARMS INSTRUCTOR REQUALIFICATION - 2018
Beginning in 2018 the format for the Level I, II & III recertification will change to include an Instructor Assessment. This assessment will include evaluations on the instructor's knowledge of the program goals, range safety, course of fire, range commands, target scoring and required documentation. The Assessment Form and an explanation of how it will be used can be found on the Firearms Score Sheets & Misc Info page and at this link: MPTC INSTRUCTOR ASSESSMENT FORM.
Class size will be limited to 20 instructors and will take most of the day. Due to the large number of instructors and limited size of classes, those instructors who are in their year of expiration will be given priority for admission to the class. Please plan accordingly.
MPTC STANDARDS FOR TRAINING & QUALIFICATION
The updated MPTC Standards for Training & Qualification have been approved. The standards have been expanded to include all firearms approved or issued by the department to include patrol rifles, shotguns, pistols and revolvers. A copy of the standard will be available here shortly.
AGENCY REQUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR FIREARMS INSTRUCTORS
MPTC Firearms Instructors MUST requalify with their respective agency in accordance with the MPTC Standards for Firearms Training & Requalification. Recent questions from instructors indicate some instructors are under the misconception that the Level I, II or III recertification exempts them from qualifying with their agency. The MPTC Instructor requalification / recertification program does NOT meet the state standards for requalification and training so it cannot be substituted for the mandated training you conduct at your agency.
MPTC FIREARMS INSTRUCTOR REQUALIFICATION POLICY - YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS!
All MPTC firearms instructors attending MPTC firearms requalifications are REQUIRED to qualify with pistol, patrol rifle & shotgun in order to retain their MPTC credentials. All instructors are required to qualify with all three platforms - no exceptions. If you fail to bring a shotgun and shotgun ammo, your pistol and rifle scores will NOT be entered into the system and you will not be able to print a certificate. It is your responsibility to bring the required equipment and ammo to complete the program requirements. Revolver qualification remains optional. This policy is effective immediately and will be enforced in the 2017 classes.
MPTC CERTIFICATION FOR FIREARMS INSTRUCTORS
Effective January 1, 2017, any firearms instructor who teaches for the MPTC will be required to submit a request for certification to Rose Sauvageau, MPTC Instructor Certification Manager at HQ. This is in addition to the current re-qualification requirements (Distance Learning and practical on the range) and your 3 year contract. The instructor certification process is a dual-focused system by which MPTC verifies an instructor’s proficiency in both the subject matter and as an instructional trainer. To become certified, an Instructor Certification Application must be submitted and approved by MPTC. Please visit the Instructor Certification Process link at the MPTC website for a more clarification. A separate Instructor Certification Application is required for each topic area to be taught. Establishing a separate Instructor Certification Application process for each topic allows the applicant to focus on their qualifications and ensures competency in that specific topic area. A separate request is required for all disciplines the instructor teaches. This is also required for those Level I instructors who have requested permission to teach for the MPTC. THIS ONLY APPLIES TO LEVEL I, II, III or IV INSTRUCTORS WHO TEACH FOR THE MPTC.
01/11/2016 with updates on 01/23/2017
PATROL RIFLE CERTIFICATION DATA GATHERING PROGRAM
The Firearms Training Advisory Committee is gathering data to support establishing a state standard for patrol rifle qualification and training. This effort is similar to the project we ran several years ago which resulted in the creation and adoption of the handgun MPTC Standards for Training & Requalification. We are asking department firearms instructor to submit their Patrol Rifle qualification data. We are specifically looking for data on performance at the individual stages. You can fax them in to the Firearms Coordinator at (978) 283-0039. Remember, the program cannot continue to progress without your input.
NON-MPTC FIREARMS INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION
Effective January 1, 2016, the MPTC will no longer accept certification from S&W, Sig Sauer, etc. for lateral initial MPTC certification as a firearms instructor. The policy of granting MPTC Firearms Instructor certification based on certification by an outside training facility with a one day MPTC Firearms recert will be suspended begining the first of the new year.
LESS LETHAL INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION
Less Lethal Instructor certifications expire on 12/31 three years after you certify (or recertify).
UPDATED MPTC PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION
The MPTC recently updated their Professional Development Application. This form is required to be completed by everyone applying to participate in any MPTC Firearms Instructor training or certification program including those sponsored by third parties such as MLEFIAA. This is important so that you receive credit for completing the program and only applies to instructor level training. The form must be submitted either by fax or email attachment to the Statewide Coordinator prior to the training. Note to Level III instructors - if you are recertifying instructors locally, they must complete and submit this form prior to the training.
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR ALL LEVEL II AND LEVEL III INSTRUCTORS
If you are conducting any MPTC certification program (including the 20 Hour Reserve or recertifying instructors at your agency) you MUST use the MPTC Score Sheet to report the training or qualification and you must submit the form in a typed format. We are still receiving data on handwritten forms which is not readable. FROM THIS POINT FORWARD, ALL DATA NOT SUBMITTED ON THE STANDARD FORM AND TYPEWRITTEN WILL BE DISCARDED UPON RECEIPT. The MPTC forms can be found on the MPTC FORMS page and are available in both Word and PDF format.
MPTC ONLINE TRAINING LOG IN CHANGES
ALL usernames will be in a new format. State, county and former employees from these divisions will use their state employee ID number. It can be located on your check stub as well as Paystation, PayInfo and SSTA entries. Municipal employees, SSPO’s, retirees and all other non-state and non-county agencies will use their DRIVERS LICENSE NUMBER regardless of which state it is issued from. Please enter it exactly as it appears on your driver’s license. No caps accepted, only lower case letters (s12345678).
Passwords have not changed. If you cannot remember your password, please use the password reset option. It will be emailed directly to the email address on file in your profile. If you do not have an email visit the ‘Contact Us’ link.
Should you have questions, please use one of the options available:
1. Four minute tutorial: “How Do I…Find My Way Around the e-Learning Site?”
2. The ‘FAQ’ section link or
3. Visit the ‘Contact Us’ link and contact the appropriate person(s) serving your agency for additional assistance.
MPTC CONCEALED CARRY / BACK UP GUN QUALIFICATION COURSE APPROVED
The Firearms Training Advisory Committee has reviewed and approved a Concealed Carry / Back Up Gun qualification course of fire. This course of fire is strictly for concealed carry small handguns. This program does NOT supercede the MPTC Pistol Qualification course and shall not be used in lieu of it with municipal police officers. It should augment the standard course of fire for those officers who carry concealed (detectives, etc.) and those officers who carry a back up gun while on uniformed patrol. Many thanks to Officer Mark Belliveau of New Braintree PD for creating this course of fire. Since this course is approved by the MPTC as a 'qualification course', it meets the federal requirements for the Law Enforcement Officer's Safety Act as revised in Oct. 2010.
100% ROUND ACCOUNTABILITY FOR VETERAN OFFICERS (IN SERVICE RE-QUALIFICATION)
Effective 1 January 2012 officers requalifying at the department level will need to meet the 100% Round Accountability requirement. All the officer's rounds must hit the target paper to be "accounted for". Rounds observed to strike off the paper will require a reshoot of that stage. Instructors are urged to use common sense when scoring a large ragged hole where the number of individual hits cannot be readily determined. Scoring aids can be found in the Range Manual and on the Distance Learning module.
MPTC LESS LETHAL QUALIFICATION COURSE UPDATED
The 12 gauge and 40mm less lethal qualification course has been revised based on input from the field. The qual course round count was reduced to 8. Passing score for operators is 6 out of the 8 rounds hitting the specified ITA (Intended Target Area). Instructors will be held to a higher standard as has been the standard practice in the past. The Range Manual has been updated to includ these changes. Click on the MPTC Courses of Fire link above for all the MPTC qualification courses including Less Lethal.
MPTC FIREARMS INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATES NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD
Instructors may now download a copy of their MPTC instructor certificates on file from the new MPTC Firearms Training website homepage (www.firearmsinstructor.org). Click on the CERTIFICATES tab and be prepared to enter the email address you gave the Statewide Firearms Coordinator on your application.
MPTC RESERVE INTERMITTENT FIREARMS COURSE APPROVED AS MSP BASIC FIREARMS SAFETY COURSE
The 20 hour Reserve Firearms program has been approved as a Basic Firearms Safety course for the purposes of firearms licensing here in Massachusetts. The certitication course number is LTC-022 and it is valid for both FID's and LTC's. As a reminder, the 20 hour program may only be taught by Level II or higher firearms instructors when training recruit reserve officers. If you plan on issuing a MSP Basic Firearms Safety certificate, you must be a MSP BFS Instructor and you must use the approved certificate.
NEW QUALIFICATION SCORE SHEET AVAILABLE
The new handgun qualification program requires the instructor to monitor scoreable rounds for each of the five stages. To make this task a little easier, the MPTC has developed a new score sheet which instructors may use when running their qualification programs. The score sheet is available in both an Excel format which can be filled in and saved or as a PDF which can be printed in hard copy and filled in manually. Both are available on the MPTC Forms & Training Schedule link (above). Use of these forms for all Instructor or Recruit type programs in MANDATORY and the forms must be typed. If you are running veteran officer in service programs it is strictly voluntary.
MPTC HANDGUN QUALIFICATION UPDATED
The qualification course for handgun (pistol & revolver) has been updated to include time limits at all stages. Additionally, there have been some changes made to the content of the program which is designed to raise the overall proficiency of municipal police officers in the Commonwealth. The new program can be found on the MPTC COURSES OF FIRE page. Similar changes can be expected to the Shotgun and Patrol Rifle programs in the near future.
INSTRUCTOR RECERTIFICATION EXPIRATION
Effective this year, MPTC Firearms Instructor certifications will run on a 3 year cycle. If you recertify this year, your expiration date will be in 2015 instead of 2014.
FIREARMS TRAINING AREA REPRESENTATIVES
In order to assist instructors with questions and to insure they receive a reply in a timely manner, the Firearms Coordinator has divided up the state in areas covered by an Area Representative. These representatives will cover the state by counties and outside agencies. Please contact them if you have any questions regarding MPTC Firearms Training programs. In addition to Area Representatives, Program Managers were designated to administer and monitor the various firearms programs we run. Click here for the complete listing.
MINIMUM PASSING SCORE REQUIREMENTS
Effective January 1, 2013, the minimum passing score for MPTC Firearms Instructors will be 94% with 100% round accountability.
Round accountability will be introduced into the veteran officer qualification in the future. The MPTC has introduced a Qualification Data Collection form to track shooter performance in the qualification course. Department instructors shall fax or email this data to the Firearms Coordinator. A link to this has been posted above. Further details will be distributed at the instructor recertifications.
MPTC ADOPTS MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR HANDGUN QUALIFICATION & TRAINING FOR POLICE OFFICERS
Effective March 1, 2010, these new standards become the minimum level of qualification and training for Municipal Police Officers, including full time, part time, reserve and intermittent, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Click here for details.