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Recognition of Prior Training and Experience (RPTE) ProgramA limited group of individuals who have previous law enforcement training and/or experience may seek eligibility for Michigan Law Enforcement Licensure through the Recognition of Prior Training and Experience (RPTE) program. A waiver of mandatory basic police training may be granted to a person who was previously a police officer in Michigan, another state, or to a Michigan pre-service candidate who is seeking additional years of eligibility. Out-of-state candidate applications for RPTE program will not be accepted unless the candidate has completed at least one year of full-time, fully empowered, paid police service following his/her police training.
To apply, please print out the Application, LiveScan Fingerprint Request Form and Instruction Packet. The Application can be filled out on-line and then printed. The MCOLES Mandatory Basic Training Firearms Assessment can also be viewed and printed.
NOTICE: As of June 1, 2007, all RPTE program candidates are required to qualify with a patrol rifle, in addition to the handgun and shotgun assessments. See the MCOLES Mandatory Basic Training Firearms Assessment.
Each candidate is required to demonstrate competency by passing Commission administered tests. The tests consist of a firearms proficiency exam and Michigan's written law enforcement licensing examination. In addition, the Employment Standards for Michigan Law Enforcement Officers require the candidate to meet specific medical and non-medical standards. The authorized testing sites charge a fee for this program.
In order to qualify for the RPTE program of the mandatory basic police training requirements under Michigan Administrative Rule 28.14401, et seq., an individual must meet all of the requirements in one of the following categories:
Michigan Pre-Service Graduate
NOTE: All pre-service candidates approved for the RPTE program must attend the entire preparatory program before taking the Recognition of Prior Training and Experience Examinations, in order to obtain one additional year of eligibility. (Pursuant to Commission Policy VI, 2.01, 4.)
Licensed Out-of-State Officer
All applicants for the RPTE program are required to complete and submit an application to:
Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards
The completed original Application must be received by the Commission no later than two (2) weeks prior to the start of the program or examination date. Application packets must be on original forms. The only documents that can be sent via FAX, if necessary, are documents verifying previous law enforcement employment and training.
A complete application packet consists of the following:
1. Application for Licensing Based Upon a RPTE: All applicants shall complete this form. This means that all information must be completed down through the signature line. If an applicant has not been employed with a law enforcement agency, the portions of the application regarding employment should indicate "N/A".
2. Fingerprint Processing: Applicants must complete the fingerprint request form and submit the form to an approved L-1 Identity Solutions fingerprint service facility in order to electronically submit your fingerprints for a criminal history search. Multiple locations are available throughout Michigan through Cogent Systems (see Web site www.cogentsystems.com) or see the L-1 Identity Solutions Web site for Michigan locations or call toll-free at 1-866-226-2952 (8 am-5 pm EST) to schedule an appointment. The State of Michigan does not collect a fee for criminal justice training or employment and you will only be charged the service fee by L-1 Identity Solutions . If you have any questions about fingerprinting, please call MCOLES at (517) 322-6608. Fingerprint cards will not be accepted and will be returned. This may delay your application process. Proof of fingerprinting must accompany your application (e.g. receipt of payment for fingerprinting services).
Out of state applicants may submit an FBI fingerprint card.
3. Verification of Training and Licensing: All out-of-state and tribal applicants must provide verification of successful completion of basic police training and status as a licensed law enforcement officer. This verification must be official written confirmation from the appropriate state standard-setting agency in the applicant's respective state or the Bureau of Indian Affairs. A copy of a training certificate will not fulfill this requirement. If the applicant was licensed prior to mandatory basic training requirements in that state, the applicant must qualify for licensing under a grandfather clause in that state. Previously Michigan licensed officers and pre-service candidates do not need to supply this information. MCOLES has this on file.
4. Verification of Employment: All applicants must provide written documentation verifying their employment as a licensed law enforcement officer. This verification must be in the form of a letter, on the agency's letterhead, indicating the exact dates of employment, whether employed full-time or part-time, and the capacity in which the applicant was employed (see example in application packet). Applicants may also provide a copy of their current resume, but submission of a resume will not be accepted as a replacement for the employment verification letters or proof of training. Employment verification is mandatory.
If employed by more than one law enforcement agency, a letter from each agency must be submitted. Applications submitted without employment verification will not be processed. The employment letter should indicate the standing in which the employee separated (or current status).
Standards Application Review and Notification
Commission staff will review all applications submitted for the RPTE program. Upon completion of the review, the Commission will notify the applicant, in writing, if approval was granted. Once the notification has been received, it is the responsibility of the applicant to contact the facility that is providing the program or test they desire to attend. A facilities listing and schedule will be forwarded with the approval letter.
Please contact Ms. Sandra Luther by E-mail at LutherS@michigan.gov or 517-322-6608 if you have questions or need further assistance.
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