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Until recently, the NTOA’s Chemical Agents, Flash Sound Diversionary Device, Less Lethal Impact Projectiles 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 Chemical Agents, Flash Sound Diversionary Device, Less Lethal Impact Projectiles Instructor Certifications expire four years from the date of the instructor certification course completion. As a result of this change, the NTOA is in the process of launching a recertification course. This course is conducted online and also has a four-year expiration. All eligible students will be notified within the next few weeks with the information needed to register.

The recertification is offered free of charge in 2019 for all those who attended the original certification course prior to Jan. 1, 2017. After 2019, attendees will be required to pay a fee. The certification will lapse for those who do not recertify when required.

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