Basic Police Firearm Instructors PreTest


Tuition:       No Cost

The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Police Officer Standards and Training Council’s Field Services Training Division, in conjunction with regional police firearms instructors, will be conducting a pre-test for all new applicants for the Basic Firearm Instructor course.

The Firearms Instructors’ Training Pre-Test is scheduled for Friday, August 21, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Connecticut Police Academy, 285 Preston Avenue, Meriden, CT.  The written test will be administered in classrooms (1 & 4) on the second floor. 

All Firearms Pre-Test applicants must complete:

  1. A 50 Question written test and achieve a passing grade of at least 80% correct;
  2. A 60 round shooting practical and achieve a passing grade of at least 90% (270 out of 300) accuracy;

Successful applicants will be placed on an eligibility list and training supervisors may register the successful candidate for upcoming firearms instructor training programs over the next two years. 

Firearm instructor applicants must have also completed a Methods of Instruction course (Instructor Development) prior to being scheduled for a basic police firearms instructor course.  Applicants who successfully complete the Basic Police Firearms Instructor Pre-Test, but lack the Methods of Instruction prerequisite, will be placed on the waiting list for a future training opportunity. 

Pre-Test Requirements:

On August 21st, 2020, all applicants must bring:

  1. Department issued sidearm
  2. 100 duty rounds for sidearm
  3. Full duty leather gear with reloading sources
  4. Eye and hearing protection
  5. Baseball cap with a rounding bill
  6. Protective Vests
  7. Duty rain gear (if necessary)

Please complete the registration form and forward it to the attention of Barbara Fullenwiley by email at or fax (203) 238-6119. The deadline date is July 24, 2020.  If you have any questions, please contact William Steck, Director at 203-427-2621. 

**All applications and applicants will be accepted for the pre-test: class confirmation will not be sent.

The Police Officer Standards and Training Council Dress Code Requirement for in-service training programs will not be in effect for the pre-test.