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Nebraska Crime Commission

Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

Patrol Rifle Instructor Course

Click here to register: Spec_Enr.pdf

Students are responsible for lodging ($25.00 double occupancy) and meals. NLETC reserves the right to limit the number of students from any one agency.

Link: Title 79 Chapter 11

**Please read this entire description and information before you enroll**

Pre-Requisite:  Certified Firearms Instructor (Completion of the NLETC Handgun Instructor Apprenticeship is not required to attend the Patrol Rifle Instructor Course). NLETC will however not recognize you as an Instructor for Handgun or Patrol Rifle until you have completed the apprenticeship requirement. Non-NLETC Certified Handgun Instructors will be considered for attendance on a case by case basis.

You may be required to submit proof of certification prior to receiving your acceptance letter from NLETC. If you have any questions for criteria to enter this course please contact Mark Stephenson at NLETC.

Entry Criteria: After a short briefing. Participants will be required to pass a written nomenclature test over the AR-15 platform rifle. Immediately following, Participants will then be required to pass a rifle qualification course with a minimum score of 90%. There will be no make-up or re-shoot. This course requires the participants to shoot from 50 yards to 5 yards from the standing, kneeling, and prone position and demonstrate a transition to their hand gun. This course is fired on a standard NLETC Rifle "Q" target.  This criteria is designed to insure participants are at a competency level capable of becoming a Rifle Instructor. Failure to pass the pre-test OR the pre-qualification will result in the participant being dismissed from training. If the participant questions their skill level please feel free to contact Mark Stephenson for further information regarding the pre-test and qualification.  You should ensure the condition of your weapon prior to arrival. There is no time to sight in your rifle or fix other problems before the pre-qualification.

NOTE: Regardless of the student's previous experience, the student should practice the pre-qualification and qualification courses before attending this course. Students will be allowed to use optics for this course after they have successfully completed the pre-qualification. The pre-qualification will be shot with iron sights. Be prepared to remove the optic or battery. There will be an opportunity to re-zero the optic if necessary. All students are individually timed in all qualification courses.

Link: NLETC Patrol Rifle Pre-Qualification & Qualification course:

Certification Requirements: Participants in this course will be required to successfully complete the instructor's qualification course. This course will be the same course of fire the participant fired for qualification to enter the course, but will be performed on a standard "Q" target with a modified "hit zone". This qualification course will be conducted a total of four times (days 2-5). At any time during the course (days 2-5) if the participant shoots a score of 90% the qualification requirement for certification is considered complete. If the participant fails to qualify by the last day of the course they will receive a CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE. Unlike the Handgun Instructor Program, there is no apprenticeship requirement for the Patrol Rifle Instructor Program.

Course Description: The course will provide the student with the fundamentals for instructing their agency's personnel in the safe and effective use of the carbine type rifle. This class is designed to enhance the teaching skills of the student and to assist in developing and conducting safe, effective, agency-related rifle training. This is NOT a Tactical or SWAT Course. It is not designed to increase your shooting skills.

All classes and range exercises are conducted at the instructor level. Students must be physically capable of quickly and safely assuming standing, kneeling, sitting and prone positions, maintaining them and safely recovering from them without assistance.


Required Firearm: This course will only accept participants with a shoulder mounted, detachable magazine fed, gas operated, semi-automatic rifle capable of firing 223/556 or 308 rounds. (Magazine capacity of at least 20 rounds is required.) All students will shoot their weapon system "as you deploy it on duty". If your agency allows you to carry a patrol rifle with optics, you will be allowed to shoot ALL qualifications and shooting drills with optics. If your agency does not allow you to deploy with an optic, you will be required to shoot with iron sights.

Law Enforcement duty-type patrol rifle (Zeroed and ready to shoot) fitted with a sling, at least 3 magazines with a capacity of at least 20 rounds each, duty handgun and DUTY GEAR (type worn on duty), hand held flashlight, knee pads and elbow pads, pen/pencil, large permanent marker, sight adjustment tool for the rifle, range clothing (appropriate range clothing does not include shorts or sleeveless shirts), appropriate cleaning equipment for rifle and handgun, eye and ear protection, cap (baseball), shooting mat (optional), spotting scope (optional).

ALL EQUIPMENT IS REQUIRED. Contact NLETC with questions regarding acceptable firearms and equipment prior to attending the course to ensure you will not be turned away.

Ammunition:  1500 rounds rifle ammunition, 250 rounds handgun ammunition

Start Date: 05/08/2023      Start Time: 8:00 AM

End Date: 05/12/2023

Tuition: $360 plus lodging and meals as applicable

Class Limit: 20

Location: NLETC

Instructor: Wyatt Hoagland


Prerequisite: Completion of the NLETC Firearms Instructor Course.

Monday, May 8, 2023 - 8:00am to Friday, May 12, 2023 - 5:00pm