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Course Overview (Beyond Industry Standards)

The NLETC Course System was established to help get instructors the training they need to become a balanced instructor for their agency. Each State and Agency has their own policies and requirements, and our system is designed to help instructors meet those requirements.

Initial Education Example:

In the State of Missouri, Police Academies must meet certain minimum standards for police recruits. Though each state is somewhat different in specifics, they are quite similar in structure and goals. In Missouri, Defensive Tactics are setup under what is called the 1500 Series.

1501 - Concepts of Defensive Tactics/Use of Force

1502 - Handcuffing & Restraints

1503 - Control Techniques

1504 - Active Defensive Measures

1505 - Intermediate Weapons

  • Oleoresin Capsicum Aerosol Subject Control System

  • Straight Baton

  • Side-Handle Baton

  • Conducted Energy Device

1506 - Weapons Retention & Disarming

1507 - Ground Fighting Techniques

1508 - Mechanics of Arrest & Control

1509 - Use of Force Scenarios

Though this is for sworn law enforcement in the state of Missouri, this list of categories is a great starting point for any Defensive Tactics Instructor Program.  An introductory course such as our 3-Day Core Essentials Program, is designed to give the beginning instructor a well rounded introduction into the career path. Using just the Missouri State Standards above, Core Essentials introduces you to the categories of 1501, 1502, 1503, 1504, 1507 and 1508. You can think of it as DT101. After that comes specialty courses, Advanced Ground Fighting courses such as Emergency Ground Survival 1, Weapons Retention & Disarming and various sub categories of Intermediate Weapons. Think of these as your second or third year college coursework (201-301 level). There are deeper, longer courses such as BJJ-911 that focus a whole 5-days on 1507 as well as Motor Skills & Instructor Development which teaches you the methodology of being an instructor in this specific industry. 

Continuing Education Example:

In the State of Missouri, there are specific requirements for education of police, corrections, and even security. As an example, in Missouri there are specific categories of training required for each police officer during a year. Again, though the example above is for Missouri, each state has their own guidelines. Each agency or municipality may have its own rules, regulations and even laws.

Expanded Programs

It is an important step in a career path as a Defensive Tactics Instructor to realize, that a narrow scope is not the final answer for most any program. Looking at the State of Missouri as an example, you cannot just attend a BJJ specific program and be done with your path. You would not qualify to teach Eight of Missouri's Nine categories and thus not be able to teach a program that would be accepted in that state, thus not accepted by agencies within that state. Each state varies but in Law Enforcement, Corrections, Security and others, you will need a well rounded program. You will need to keep moving forward in your education and expanding your training. The NLETC programs meet a full spectrum of training required by all states in the union and beyound.

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