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ACT 235 - Lethal Weapons Training

The state of Pennsylvania requires that any person wishing to become a certified security officer or is privately employed and required, as a condition of employment, to carry a lethal weapon must participate in a 40 hour Lethal Weapons Training Program. Lackawanna College offers Basic Lethal Weapons Training classes as well as 8 hour recertification classes. For an application or to verify dates of classes please call (570-961-7842) or email us at

Lethal Weapons Training Fees

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 Basic Certification with Firearms         (40 hours)   $325.00
 Basic Certification without Firearms    (26 hours)   $225.00
 Re-Certification with Firearms            (8 hours)     $200.00
 Re-Certification without Firearms       (3) hours)    $175.00



Please visit the MPOETC website to follow steps for obtaining your Letter of Eligibility. Be advised this letter takes 3-4 weeks to receive and will be delivered to you via email.


Link to obtain Letter of Eligibility



Act 235

Apply for (ACT 235) Lethal Weapons Training

Anyone interested in applying for the Lackawanna College ACT 235 Program must submit a completed application, deposit and a copy of your Lethal Weapons Certification letter verifying your eligibility to enroll into the program. You may contact the Lethal Weapons Unit at 717-346-4087 or email them at for instructions on obtaining this letter.

Applying for a Lethal Weapons Certification Letter

Applicants applying for the (ACT) 235 Lethal Weapons Training must first submit an application which may be obtained from the Lethal Weapons Training website at or by calling 717-346-4087. Completed application accompanied with a certified check, cashier's check or money order in the amount of $77.50 made payable to "Commonwealth of PA." must then be presented, by the applicant, to any Pennsylvania State Police Station where fingerprints will be taken upon proof of age and identification.The next step in obtaining your Lethal Weapons Certification Letter is the Physical Examination administered by a Pennsylvania licensed physician. The form for this test is also on the website  After testing is completed, the physician needs to forward it, within 15 days, to the address found at the bottom of the Physical Examination Form. The last step in acquiring your Lethal Weapons Certification Letter is the Psychological Examination  performed by a Pennsylvania-licensed psychologist, licensed by a State Board of Psychologist Examiners.This form like the others may be found on the website or by calling 717-346-4087. The psychologist must  also forward the evaluation, within 15 days, to the address found at the bottom of the Psycholocial Examination form.