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FLETA Board Grants Reaccreditation to DEA Academy

For Immediate Release
DEA Academy staff holding the FLETA accreditation certificate

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation (FLETA) Board is pleased to announce it granted reaccreditation status to the Drug Enforcement Administration Office of Training and two programs: the Instructor Development Course (IDC) and the Basic Agent Training Program (BATP) at the November 7, 2019 meeting in Glynco, GA.

The Office of Training’s mission is to develop, deliver, and advocate preeminent law enforcement and non-law enforcement training to DEA personnel and appropriate federal, state, local, and foreign law enforcement counterparts. The goal of the Office of Training is to improve student’s individual and organizational performance and assist them in achieving either DEA’s mission and performance goals or those of their assigned organization. The Office of Training manages and coordinates all entry-level, advanced, special skills, and leadership training programs for DEA Special Agents, Diversion Investigators, Intelligence Research Specialists, and Forensic Chemists.

The IDC is designed to help employees who as part of their duties are tasked with developing and conducting training. The goal of the IDC is to help the employee acquire the basic skill for developing lesson plans as well as the fundamental skills and techniques for delivering effective training. The course is eight instructional days. The average number of students per iteration of the program is 24.

The purpose of the BATP is to prepare a Basic Agent Trainee to be an entry level Special Agent upon graduation. To graduate, students must receive a passing score in nine performance-based disciplines, demonstrate that he/she possess the necessary eight critical job-related traits and characteristics to be a Special Agent, and conduct their selves in a safe manner at all times throughout the training program. The BATP is a 16-week program. The average number of students per iteration of the program is 50.  

The FLETA Board is the accrediting body for all federal law enforcement training and support programs. To achieve accreditation, agencies submit to an independent review of their academy and/or program to ensure compliance with the FLETA Standards and Procedures in the areas of Program Administration, Training Staff, Training Development, Training Delivery, and Distance Learning. Accreditation is a cyclical process occurring every five years. Each year, agencies must submit annual reports in preparation for reaccreditation, which is a new and independent review of the academy/program.