IADLEST Nationally Certified Instructor Program


In 2018, IADLEST launched the IADLEST Nationally Certified Instructor  Program (INCI) to recognize and acknowledge the Nation’s FINEST instructors. These individuals display the “best practices” in training delivery by being highly recommended by POST and Academy Directors and by maintaining their training acumen by completing continuing professional education instructor course work. This program is for all officers, peace officers, sheriff deputies, correction officers, detention officers, telecommunicators, analysts, academic instructors, private trainers, and others interested in improving law enforcement training and individual instructional skill sets.

What are the benefits of becoming a nationally certified instructor?

The benefits of being a member of this elite instructional cadre include:

  • Receive an Identification card with the IADLEST seal documenting your National Instructor status and expiration date

  • Receive an IADLEST certificate, suitable for framing

  • Post your picture and biographical information on your Nationally Certified Instructor webpage with links back to your direct e-mail or web pages

  • Receive access to IADLEST's NLEARN web-portal with training links, open dialogue trainer discussions, lesson plans, relevant instructional and law enforcement articles, etc.

  • Receive an IADLEST Nationally Certified Instructor Program lapel pin

  • Use the IADLEST Nationally Certified Instructor Program acronym on your business cards, letterhead, etc. Example: Peggy Schaefer, MPM, CPM, INCI

  • 'Charter member' status designated on ID card for the first 100 members

What are the requirements to become an IADLEST nationally certified instructor?

IADLEST has established these 'best practice' standards for those interested in becoming nationally recognized and certified:

  • Complete the IADLEST Instructor Application and endorsement references.

  • Submit a current résumé outlining your specific law enforcement teaching and curriculum development law enforcement experience indicating more than three (3) years of training experience

  • Submit your POST or Academy Director endorsement or THREE (3) letters of recommendation from Law Enforcement CEOs attesting to your skills and abilities as an instructor who will be contacted during a background check

  • Submit a completion certificate from a recognized basic Instructor level course (either state POST, NRA, etc.) or POST documents indicating instructor certification

  • Submit your $150 annual National Instructor Fee. Download Invoice Form

To renew:

  • Complete renewal application.

  • Submit $125 annual renewal fee

  • Every three years, each National Instructor must complete SIX (6) hours of instructor training/development continuing education to maintain certification. These training hours can come from attending conferences, i.e., IADLEST, ILEETA, IALEFI and from attending other POST/State training related to instructional development. Certificates of attendance are required

After completing the application, please upload everything and send to Peggy Schaefer, INCI Project Director at peggyschaefer@iadlest.org

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