Until recently, the NTOA’s Less-Lethal Impact Projectile/Flash Sound Diversionary Device/Chemical Agents Instructor Certification Course came with a lifelong instructor certification that had no expiration. After consultation with subject matter experts and our organization’s staff attorneys, it was agreed that with the changes in munition technology, case law, and developing national events, the NTOA must ensure that any instructor who bases their expertise and qualifications on a certification from the NTOA is equipped with the most contemporary information possible. As a result, effective Jan. 1, 2017, the NTOA stopped offering the lifelong certification.

Effective Jan. 1, 2017, all Less-Lethal Impact Projectile/Flash Sound Diversionary Device/Chemical Agents Instructor Certifications expire four years from the date of the instructor certification course completion. As a result of this change, the NTOA is launching a re-certification course. This course will be conducted online and will also have a four-year expiration. It will be made available to all past and future attendees.

The re-certification will be offered free of charge for all those who attended the original certification course prior to Jan. 1, 2017. This free offer will last one year from the date of the re-certification course being launched on Jan. 1, 2018. After that, attendees will be required to pay a nominal fee. The certification will lapse for those who do not re-certify when required.

All past attendees will be notified once the re-certification course is available.

Please contact the NTOA if you have any questions.