Reserve Officer Firearms Certification

Reserve Officer Firearms Certification, an intense four day, 40-hour course, meets the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy's requirements for a reserve peace officer to carry a handgun and shotgun, administrative rule 501-10.1(80D). The course will run into the evenings of the first two days to fulfill the nighttime qualification requirements.

Required Equipment

Students are required to bring the following serviceable items:

  • Handgun you use while working. It should be clean and functioning
  • Duty leather gear with belt keepers or Velcro fastener
  • Protective vest
  • Flashlight

Optional items

  • Three high capacity magazines
  • 12-gauge duty shotgun

Ammunition will be provided at an additional fee within the course registration.

Additional Requirements

Students must:

  • Have a strong knowledge of how their weapon functions.
  • Have at least a minimal amount of shooting experience.
  • Sign a waiver indicating that they are physically fit to participate in strenuous activities.
  • Sign a waiver of liability.


The cost of this training is $675 per person.  We require a minimum of four qualified reserve officers to request a class.  This training will usually take place over two weekends. 

For more information or to request a class, please contact the department administrative assistant or law enforcement coordinator.

Coordinator, ILEA Reserves

Melissa Ludwig
Health Education and Services Center 222C
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Academy Support

Megan McGhee
Cedar Falls Center 101D
319-296-2329 ext.3007
319-266-6772 (fax)
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ILEA Coordinator

Ben Scholl
Regional Law Enforcement Academy 101
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