Lead Firearms Instructor
Plans, coordinates, and conducts training and related instructional programs for customer personnel.
- Conducts training sessions and assists in evaluating the effectiveness of training activities.
- Coordinates logistics for instruction events, including scheduling classes, reserving classrooms, and preparing workstations.
- Maintains records of training activities, participant progress, and program effectiveness.
- May participate in the development and establishment of course content and objectives.
- Updates course documentation as needed to ensure timeliness and relevance.
- Provides guidance and work leadership to less experienced instructors.
- Maintains current knowledge of relevant technologies as assigned.
- Participates in special projects as required.
- Associates Degree, or the equivalent combination of education, technical certifications or training, or work/military experience.
- 5-8 years of directly related experience in course instruction
- Lead Firearms Instructors (LFIs) are the first point of contact at the training venue for Federal Flight Deck Officers (FFDO) and is the on-site training manager for the program. LFIs conduct all classroom instruction; delivering the approved TSA training and safety brief, introducing and describing new equipment, and ensuring all students understand and sign the safety briefing. The LFI ensures a minimum number of SFIs are present to maintain an instructor/student ratio of 1:6 for each training session. The LFI must ensure a sufficient inventory of training supplies is on-hand at the training venue to support monthly requalification sessions.
- The LFI is expected to maintain positive control of the training environment from the moment students arrive at the venue to the moment they depart. Upon students’ arrival, the LFIs must verify weapons and credentials of each FFDO before training commences by visual inspection.
- The LFI is responsible for ensuring proper scoring of targets, completion of applicable administrative forms, and collection of training data. The LFI is required sign and certify qualification scores for all FFDOs attempting to qualify. Failure of an FFDO to qualify also means that an authorized FAMS Representative and/or LFI takes custody of the unloaded weapon, transport device (lockbox), credential and other equipment for return to TSA/FAMS. If no authorized FAMS representative is present to receive the equipment, the LFI shall make immediate verbal notification to the FFDO Program Office in order to make the appropriate arrangements to return equipment and credentials.
- The LFI must keep all Sensitive Security Information (SSI) and Sensitive Personally Identifying Information (SPII) secured appropriately both during and after a re-qualification session in compliance with the TSA MD 2100.2, Privacy and Information Collection Policy and TSA MD 1400.3 TSA Information Security Policy. The LFI is oversees time keeping of all SFI labor hours.
- The LFI must comply with internal compliance training events
- Current or former federal law enforcement agent, officer, or civilian employee having completed a recognized federal firearm instructor training program deemed acceptable by the TSA/FAMS. Examples of a recognized federal firearms instructor programs include, but are not limited to, certified instructor graduates of FLETC Firearms Instructor Training program (FITP), FAMS Firearms Instructor Training Program, FBI/DEA Firearms Instructor Training Program, United States Postal Inspectors Firearms Instructor Training Program or equivalent federal training program.
- All LFIs must successfully complete a 2-3 days firearms re-qualification training program under the technical direction of the SAC, FAMS Training Division, and the FFDO Program Office. Areas of instruction shall include, but not to be limited to, the re-qualification course(s) of fire, procedural requirements for conducting the re-qualification session, and use of a GFE Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), and basic first aid.
- 5 years of firearms training experience