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Oleoresin Capsicum Aerosol
Subject Control System

Level 1

Level 1 Instructor Certification allows instructors to maintain In-Service, continuing education certifications of their officers.  - 4-Hour

Level 2

Level 2 Instructor Certification allows instructors to maintain In-Service, continuing education certifications of their officers as well as introductory Spray Courses for officers attending first time courses such as in a police academy. - 8 Hour

New 2022

NLETC no longer requires that Instructor Level candidates be sprayed during the training course as most people reaching this level of training have previously been sprayed during the course of their career. Instructor Candidates wishing to be sprayed will be provided an opportunity during the training.

Oleoresin Capsicum Aerosol Subject Control System Instructor Course

The use of Oleoresin Capsicum Spray by criminal justice agencies as a subject control method is widespread. The criteria for product selection and training methods are critical for effective and reasonable application of this tool.


The NLETC 8-hour course Includes safe training methodologies, scientific research, product evaluation, and in-service and academy level training methodologies, recommended post exposure procedures.


This course does not include a mandatory OCS exposure but does require product evaluation.  Therefore, the participant must bring 3 cans of agency approved spray for evaluation testing.

Equipment needed: Casual or athletic clothing, footwear, holster and belt.
Materials provided: Online Text, inert Oleoresin Capsicum during training.

Depending on the training location, showers or other cleanup arrangements will be made.  Please ensure a change of clothing, trash bag, water bottle are brought to decontaminate if the student is to be sprayed.

8-Hour Instructors Course
Prerequisite: Core Essentials OR Approval of NLETC with comparable training.

It is highly recommended that Weapons Retention & Disarming also be taken in conjunction with this course.

* Note: Core Essentials is recommended as it has instructor development aspects to it as well as fundamental 'core' techniques, stances and other aspects that are within every single NLETC course.  For course cohesion, understanding things such as power stance, force efficiency and other concepts which are taught in Core Essentials allows us to decrease instructor certification times within other courses. Should instructors wish to not take Core Essentials and take other elective courses such as Handgun Long Gun Retention and Disarming, the course may need to be longer than the standard 8-hour course. A Training Board Member will need to handle these on a case by case basis.

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