SAFTEA Instructor Courses
The SAFTEA Instructor level courses are designed to teach the experienced shooter/instructor, how to present the SAFTEA courses to the general public using the SAFTEA Methods of Instruction (MOI) as a basis for instructional methods and techniques. These courses also encompass the proper running of the range portions and the best practices for achieving the maximum amount of learning from the students.
Instructor Credit Transfer from all other organizations (Civ, LE, Mil) - There is no credit transfer from other organizations available. There are to many differences in training and training philosophy. This also becomes a legal and liability concern.
The SAFTEA Instructor level courses are designed to teach the instructor candidates how to teach the student level course and are not designed to increase skills of the instructor candidates, all instructor candidates must already possess the skills necessary in the discipline they are taking. All instructors candidates must also meet the following requirements:
- Must posses outstanding firearm handling safety skills, communication skills and pass shooting qualifications
- SAFTEA Methods of Instruction MOI / (2 Days)
- SAFTEA Range Officer Certification (8 hours) (Included in 40 hour class)
- First Aid, CPR and AED Certification (National or State recognized organization)-(Must be up to date.)
- Must take and pass the SAFTEA Student level class.
- Must be at least 21 years old
- Must be a U.S. Citizens or Legal Permanent Resident with valid immigration card. (ITAR)
- Must speak, write and understand English
- Must be able to legally possess and handle firearms under both Federal and State laws.
- Must pass current FBI handgun qualification (90% or higher).
- Although not required, we highly recommend Professional Liability Insurance with minimum of 1,000,000 coverage.(See Insurance Page).
- SAFTEA Instructors are required to teach or assist in a minimum of four (4) classes per year.
- There is a $50 fee per year which includes SAFTEA ID.
Instructor Credit Transfer from other organizations - There is no credit transfer from other organizations available. There are to many differences in training and training philosophy. This also becomes a legal and liability concern.
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Local Instructor candidates, must attend SAFTEA Methods of Instruction (MOI) and SAFTEA Range Officer (RO). To attend an instructor class the instructor candidate must have also attended the student portion of the class they wish to become an instructor in. The instructor candidate must demonstrate proficiency and knowledge before attending an instructor class through a qualification & safety evaluation. Instructor candidates must obtained a 90%+ on the student test and the instructor test. The mission of the SAFTEA Instructors is to instruct students using the SAFTEA approved syllabus, methods and maintain the standard set forth by SAFTEA.
SAFTEA Advanced Instructor (AI)
Must have been a SAFTEA Instructor for Minimum one (1) year. In addition must be qualified in Handgun I, Carbine I, Shotgun I. Must have taught a total 10 classes as instructor, minimum 5 classes as Lead Instructor, with a minimum 50 students. Must score 90% on written tests, 90% on shooting qualifications. The mission of the SAFTEA Advanced Instructor is to instruct students using the SAFTEA advanced courses approved syllabus, methods and maintain the standard set forth by the SAFTD.
SAFTEA Senior Instructors (SI)
Must have been an Advanced Instructor for (1) years. In addition hold Handgun I-II Carbine I-II, Shotgun I-II, Range Master, CPR/AED and First Aid Instructor. Must have taught 20 classes, 10 of those classes must have been as Lead Instructor with a minimum of 150 students. Be submitted by a Master Instructor and passed all tests, interviews with a 95% or better. These Senior Instructors will instruct students using SAFTEA approved Handgun I-II Carbine I-II, Shotgun I-II, Precision Rifle and Master Range Officer syllabus, methods and maintain the standard set forth by the SAFTEA. They also assist MI in instructor classes.
SAFTEA Master Instructors (MI)
Must have been a SAFTEA Senior Instructor, for (1) year be proficient in all fields of training (classroom, shooting and range operations), attended a Master Instructor conference and passed all tests, interviews with a 95% or better. Must have taught 30 classes, 15 of those classes must have been as Lead Instructor with a minimum of 300 students. Must be certified to teach all fields of training( except Precision Rifle). These MI's will instruct students and instructor candidates using SAFTEA approved syllabus, methods and maintain the standard set forth by the SAFTEA. Sponsored by Regional or National
SAFTEA State Master Instructors (SMI)
Additional duties as MI and must be submitted by Regional MI and approved by National MI. Duties are to monitor and audit all instructors levels including Instructor, AI, SI, MI to check proficiency, ensure courses are being taught to SAFTEA syllabus, ethnics etc. The State MI will also handle correspondence from State 2A organizations and help in getting SAFTEA Course approved by their state of residence.
SAFTEA Regional Master Instructors (RMI)
Same as State MI, additionally must be approved by National MI and submitted by Regional MI. Regional MI's run and organize Master Instructor Conferences with approval and attendance by a National MI. Some State MI's are Founding National Training Board Members of SAFTEA. (They truly wrote the book). Without them this program would not have been possible.
Lead Instructor definition: Instructor in charge of the class, who runs, organizes and reports the class to the SAFTEA.
SAFTEA National Master Instructors
Head Quarters, National Executive Board
Revoking of Instructor, SI, AI, MI, RO, MRO status:
Any and all certifications may be revoked for, but not limited to:
- Unsafe acts in the classroom or range
- Ethics violations (Contract you signed)
- Not fulfilling commitments
- Improper behavior resulting in charges or reports to this organization
- Improper use of SAFTEA logos, images, names or property
- Improper training
- Not following the syllabus, outline or class content
- Skipping sections
- Shortening or changing the course work or presentations
- Criminal convictions
- Actions which brings discredit to the SAFTEA or its programs.
If your credentials are revoked by a State MI (It will be in writing on an official SAFTEA form, you may appeal to your regional MI for a review. Your last course of action is to contact the National MI's. Their decision is final. This process may be completed by email and phone conversations. All outcomes will be sent to the instructor via certified and regular mail.
Complaints will follow this chain of command.
If you see a SAFTEA instructor violating any of our rules that would jeopardize the safety of a student or the quality of any SAFTEA courses contact your State MI. You must complete the required paperwork and sign it.
Continuing Education & Training
Continuing Education & Training is mandatory for all training levels and will be a once a year, in person (classroom) or computer generated. This training is intended to keep all levels of trainers up to date on changes to classes and organizational policy.
SAFTEA Instructors have a minimum amount of classes they must teach every yeay. Level 1 instructors must teach 4 classes per year and these classes must be registered on the SAFTEA Instructors Portal.
Course Work Updates
SAFTEA course work will be updated frequently and at a minimum of once per year as new studies, techniques and changes/corrections are necessary.
Instructor Level Classes are available in the following disciplines:
- Methods of Instruction (MOI)
- Defensive Handgun 1 Instructor
- Defensive Handgun 2 Instructor
- Defensive Handgun 3 Instructor
- Defensive Carbine 1 Instructor
- Defensive Carbine 2 Instructor
- Defensive Carbine 3 Instructor
- Defensive Shotgun 1 Instructor
- Defensive Shotgun 2 Instructor
- Defensive Shotgun 3 Instructor
- Precision Rifle Instructor
- Range Master Development Course
- Range Officer
- SAFE - Instructor Development Course