Update March 15, 2019 – The NTOA is continuing to build the less lethal recertification program and will notify past attendees by email when it is ready to launch.

Until recently, the NTOA’s Chemical Agents, Flash Sound Diversionary Devices, Less Lethal Impact Projectile 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 will soon launch a recertification course. This course will be conducted online and will also have a four-year expiration. It will be available to all students who were certified prior to Jan 1, 2017. For those certified after Jan. 1, 2017, you will be notified prior to your certification expiring and invited to attend the recertification online.

The recertification will be 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 nominal fee. The certification will lapse for those who do not recertify when required.

All past attendees will be notified via email once the recertification course is available.

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