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:

Basic 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

Enrollment Requirements - BASIC

  • Review and complete the State Police Lethal Weapons Certification procedures. Begin the process now. All required applications and forms are online at that site.
  • Attend a mandatory information session (required for all certification program participants). Please click on the date below to register:
  • Once you have received your State Police Approval letter, enroll in a class (search for SECUR100)
    Students should not register for the program without attending an information session and obtaining their approval letter.

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

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

Enrollment Requirements - RENEWAL CERTIFICATION

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.

Lethal Weapons Basic Training Course with Firearms (Upgrade Training)

This fourteen hour course covers basic explanations of the provisions of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Lethal Weapons Act 235 firearms familiarization and qualification. Participants will also undergo familiarizations with handguns and shotgun and complete the basic combat shooting firearms training and qualification. Northampton Community College has the final determination for acceptance into this program. Fee: $200

Enrollment Requirements

  • License
  • Reply letter issued by the PA State Police indicating you are eligible for upgrading your license.
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