Types of Accreditation

An agency may apply for program accreditation, academy accreditation, or both. A separate application must be submitted for each program and/or academy.

Program Accreditation: Basic Training Programs

An entry-level program that is transitional to law enforcement service and provides training on critical competencies and responsibilities. Successful completion of a Basic Training Program is generally a requirement for appointment to a law enforcement service job or job series.

Program Accreditation: Basic Instructor Training Program

A foundational training program designed to prepare new instructors for full-time assignment to a training academy. The training should incorporate a number of instructional methodologies such as lectures, discussions, demonstrations, role-plays, facilitation, and practical exercises.

Program Accreditation: Other Programs

Courses or groups of training sessions or learning activities conducted for a specific target audience.

These programs may or may not have received their own program accreditation.

General Requirements

For a training program to be accredited, the applicant must show the following:

  1. Program policies, procedures, and/or directives must address each applicable FLETA program standard.

  2. Supporting evidence must exist to indicate the program is in compliance with each standard.

  3. If the program is exported or conducted at multiple sites, the facilities, resources, and training at each site must be in compliance with the standards.

  4. Each location where the program is presented on a regular basis must be identified in the application.

  5. The program is in compliance with all required FLETA program standards.

  6. Newly created programs must be presented a minimum of one time beyond the program’s pilot presentation before a FLETA Assessment will be conducted.

Academy Accreditation

Academy accreditation is the recognition that all training programs that an academy manages are administered, developed, and delivered according to the FLETA standards. To be eligible to apply for academy accreditation, a training organization must achieve accreditation for all law enforcement service entry-level/basic programs (as defined in the glossary) and either use a FLETA accredited instructor development program or achieve accreditation for its initial/basic instructor training program. Training organizations without entry-level/basic programs must achieve accreditation for their primary program(s) and either use a FLETA accredited instructor development program or achieve accreditation for its initial/basic instructor training program prior to applying for Academy accreditation.

General Requirements

For a training academy to be accredited, the applicant must:

  1. Have all basic training (entry-level) law enforcement and basic instructor training program(s) FLETA accredited.

  2. Academy policies, procedures, and/or directives must address each applicable FLETA standard. Academy accreditation is a commitment that all policies, procedures, and/or directives are applied uniformly across all training programs under its authority; this includes programs that have not been formally assessed through the FLETA process.

  3. If the academy trains at multiple locations, the sites must be identified in the application and the facilities, resources, and training at each site must be in compliance with the standards.

  4. Supporting evidence must exist to indicate the academy is in compliance with each standard. During the Academy assessment, supporting evidence must come from 50% of the of the Academy’s other programs (up to a five other programs) not including include the basic training or basic instructor training program(s) already accredited. The Academy may use more than five programs to demonstrate compliance, if necessary. In the rare instance when an academy does not have additional programs, evidence may be used from the basic training and basic instructor training programs to demonstrate compliance. The applicant must ensure this exception is noted in the application for academy accreditation.

  5. The academy is in compliance with all required FLETA academy and program standards.

  6. Agencies applying for accreditation must complete the FLETA assessment within three years of application acceptance. If the academy/program has not completed the assessment within that period, the agency will be required to submit an updated application.

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