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Benefits of Accreditation

The fleta accreditation process graphics: Step 1 Apply, Step 2 Prepare, Step 3 Review, Step 4 Accredit, and Step 5 Repeat.

A FLETA accreditation enhances public confidence in integrity, professionalism, and accountability, provides assurance that an academy or program has voluntarily submitted to a self-regulation process, and demonstrates compliance with a set of standards established by the law enforcement community.

For federal departments and agencies that pursue FLETA accreditation, there are many lasting benefits.

  • Improved Training Quality
  • Support of Organizational & Operational Success
  • Minimized Training Costs
  • Minimized Liabilities
  • Increased Management Confidence
  • Increased Staff Confidence
  • Support of Human Capital Goals
  • Building of Law Enforcement Alliances
  • Elevated Training Priority



"By embracing the FLETA accreditation process, the FAMS ensures a systematic approach to training that utilizes best practices. This in turn has led to safer instruction, while still providing dynamic, reality based training that challenges candidates and pushes them to perform at the highest levels. A systematic approach to training also provides greater continuity within the workforce, ensuring that all FAMs receive the same high-quality training. Ultimately, all of this reinforces a level of professionalism that is to be expected from our Nation’s law enforcement officers." -- Joseph J. D’Angelillio, Deputy Division Director, Law Enforcement and Industry Training Division, Transportation Security Administration

“The much needed and anticipated integration of the Hazardous Materials Operations Course and the Hazardous Evidence Collection Course was made possible due to the wealth of documented quantitative and qualitative data collected from the Level 1 and 3 analyses. This data helped to justify the need for the integration of the two Courses and provided solid evidence to support the proposal up through Executive Management. Following the FLETA Program Standards has provided a framework for the collection and analysis of data year after year, as well as a process to comprehensively evaluate our program, develop and implement changes, and provide consistent quality assurance, constantly enhancing the effectiveness of our program and allowing us to better serve our response personnel in the field.” -- Amber George, Accreditation Manager, FBI Laboratory Division

"Our ability to not only be responsive , but to do so in a structured, systematic method, is a direct result of our decision to be involved in the FLETA process. The program and business enhancements realized to date, have far exceeded our  expectations. Chiefs of Police have expressed their appreciation of the enhanced professionalism of our instructor cadre, our program improvements and system processes." -- Darrell Cagle, Director, Department of Veterans Affairs Law Enforcement Training Center

"Accreditation gives an agency the official credentials to be recognized in the federal law enforcement community as an agency committed to providing quality training. In addition, adherence to the FLETA standards provides an agency with credentials from a legal defense standpoint in that your program  has withstood  judgment  from peer agencies as well as the scrutiny of FLETA Board Reviews.”Keith Hill, Assistant Director Office of Human Resources and Training, U.S. Secret Service

"Accreditation has maximized the credibility of our CI special agents when they go to testify in court. While at the same time, minimizing the lawsuits and liabilities that exist, that could come with questions about an agents training or the failure of an agency to train a particular agent. So again, there’s a benefit for us that we’ve seen and recognized through FLETA and being accredited with the credibility that it gives our agency as well as our agents." -- Terry Stuart (Retired), Director, National Criminal Investigation Training Academy, Internal Revenue Service

“I think that FLETC has continued to improve as a result of the FLETA process. Our processes have improved to the point where we are now rolling out our centralized training management directorate. You would think, “Why didn’t you have that before?” Well, we had other processes in place, but we did not have a centralized part of the organization that was really focused on developing training and the ISD model. With FLETC getting as large as it has since 9/11 and having so many different sites to operate, consistency and standardization is very important. The accreditation process has helped us to focus in on that, and now I feel very confident that when we do training at one site, it’s the same training that we are doing at every other site. From a legal perspective and a quality assurance perspective, I am assured that what we are delivering meets the same mark with the accreditation process and standards that have been set by the Board. I feel more confident than I have ever felt as a result of this process.” -- Connie Patrick (Retired), Director, Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers

"Being part of FLETA benefits us a great deal because in addition to overseeing the academy, we oversee all the firearms and safety training nationwide so we field questions and a lot of those questions are related to training. So, we’re seeing an increase in consistency, information sharing, our policy is being expanded and we’re able to communicate that." -- Ronald Ward, Academy Director, U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services National Training Academy

"Being reaccredited is extremely important,  not just to us as an organization, but to all of you. What it does  is it clarifies the professionalism of this business. We say law enforcement professionals; what accreditation does  is that actually demonstrates and proves  that we are in fact professionals and it stands up to all the challenges  that place our credibility at potential issue.” Michael Delgado, Assistant  Inspector General for Investigations, Treasury Inspector  General for Tax Administration