Act 235 – Lethal Weapons Training Program

Lethal Weapons TrainingThe Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires that any person wishing to become a certified security officer or who is privately employed and is required, as a condition of employment, to carry a lethal weapon, must participate in a 40 hour Lethal Weapons Training Program. Pennsylvania also requires that that every five years, individuals who have been certified, attend an eight hour recertification program. Programs available:

Certification
The program covers basic explanations of the provisions of the Lethal Weapons Act, Private Detective Act of 1953, provisions of basic rights under the 1st, 4th, 5th 9th and 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, as well as a basic understanding of several PA Crimes Codes sections and the Justification of Use of Force. Participants will also undergo skills training in handcuffing, disarming, and weapon retention as well as firearms training and qualification. Northampton Community College has the final determination for acceptance into this program.
Fee: $300

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Certification Course Without Firearms
This program is for individuals who have taken the 40 hour certification program, but have failed to pass the written portion of the class. The twenty six hour hour training will cover basic explanations of the provisions of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Lethal Weapons Act 235 , Private Detective Act of 1953, provisions of basic rights under the 1st, 4th, 5th 9th and 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, as well as a basic understanding of several PA Crimes Codes sections and the Justification of Use of Force. Participants will also undergo skills training in handcuffing, disarming, and weapon retention as well as training in the use of other lethal weapons other than firearms. Northampton Community College has the final determination for acceptance into this program. Fee: $200

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Recertification
Eight hour program for recertification to carry a lethal weapon for participants who have successfully completed the 40 hour certification program and whose license is about to expire. Course covers basic explanations of the provisions of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Lethal Weapons Act 235, as well as a basic understanding of several PA Crimes Codes sections and the Justification of Use of Force. Participants will also re-qualify with a firearm. Training must be completed within six months of your recertification approval letter issued by the State Police. Northampton Community College has the final determination for acceptance into this program. Fee: $125

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Recertification Course Without Firearms
This program is for individuals who have taken the 8 hour recertification program, but have failed to pass the written portion of the class. This three (3) hour course covers basic explanations of the provisions of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Lethal Weapons Act 235, as well as a basic understanding of several PA Crimes Codes sections and the Justification of Use of Force. Northampton Community College has the final determination for acceptance into this program. Fee: $100.

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