Iowa Law Enforcement Academy

Course Descriptions

Open Sight Rifle Instructor Courses

All non-certified law enforcement personnel will at a minimum have one-year experience with their agency prior to becoming an instructor and will not be a probationary employee. Supporting documentation is required. In order to attend an instructor class, you must provide proof of the following:

Firearms Instructor: (72) hours or more of instruction from an Iowa Law Enforcement Academy certified Firearms Instructor. This includes all Firearms related courses.

Certificates issued after the previous training was completed indicating the type of training, the instructor’s name, date and location of the training and numbers of hours, or a letter signed by your department’s hiring authority or training officer on department letterhead indicating the type of training, the instructor’s name, date and location of the training, and the number of hours are required documentation.

After your on-line registration is completed supporting documentation is required.

Documentation must be received within 10 days of the scheduled Instructor course. Hand carried documentation will not be accepted. Verification of previous training must be completed before the beginning of each course.


These one-week schools, instructed by Academy staff, will provide Iowa Law Enforcement Academy certification as a rifle instructor and will give graduates the skills to establish and operate a departmental rifle program. Topics to be covered will include: history of the law enforcement rifle, nomenclature, disassembly/assembly, weapons maintenance, weapons safety, principles of rifle marksmanship, familiarization with various law enforcement open sight rifles, range management, course design, instructor development, use of force and vicarious liability, ammunition, ballistics, diagnosis of shooter induced problems and coaching techniques, drills and exercises for qualification on the FBI/ILEA Open Sight Rifle Instructor qualification course. Class size will be limited to thirty certified Iowa Law Enforcement Academy Firearms Instructors who are able to proficiently fire this rifle system.