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Certification through Examination

The reciprocity program in Iowa is called Certification through Examination, most often referred to as CTE. An officer certified in another state can become certified in the state of Iowa if the law enforcement officer meets the requirements as outlined in Iowa Administrative Code [501] 3.8. 

In order to obtain Iowa certification the out of state certified officer must:

Be employed by a recognized Iowa law enforcement agency

Submit an application for the CTE program within the first 120 days of that employment.

The CTE application is available below.

ILEECP Application

Previous EMS training

Iowa Law Enforcement Academy

Useful Links

 

Iowa 501-3.8 Certification through examination

Chapter 80B Law Enforcement Academy

IADLEST Int. Association of Law Enforcement Standards and Training

BJABureau of Justice Assistance

CTE Program Specifications

The CTE program is designed to be completed within 1-year of the date of hire. Requirements of the program include submission of four (4) out of state certification documents; 

  1. A copy of an out of state Peace Officer’s Certificate.
  2. From the attended training academy, a copy of the curriculum including the number of hours in each class.
  3. From the attended training academy, a copy of the Certificate of Completion.
  4. From the attended training academy, a copy of a transcript or grades achieved.

 

Two (2) in-person training courses are required for the CTE program. They are OWI/SFST (Operating while Intoxicated/Standard Field Sobriety Training) and ILEECP (Iowa Law Enforcement Emergency Care Provider) Training. These courses are held at the ILEA twice annually in May and September. Note: The ILEECP course is not required IF an applicant can supply a current certification record of an EMR (Emergency Medical Responder) or higher. 

 

The third component of the CTE process is the CTE examination. This is a comprehensive written exam based on common law enforcement practices and law enforcement rules in Iowa. A long exam consisting of 33 short tests is administered to those with less than five (5) years as a certified officer in another state. A short exam consisting of 17 short tests is administered to those with five (5) or more years as a certified officer in another state. The CTE examination is administered in-person at the ILEA and taken electronically.  CTE study materials are available from an online platform and will be made available to those enrolled in the CTE program.

 

A CTE applicant has two (2) opportunities to pass the CTE exam. If an applicant fails to pass, he/she will be required to attend and pass the course(s) failed in-person at the ILEA in order to obtain Iowa certification.

 

Firearms qualification will be done at the ILEA on the same day as the CTE exam. Iowa certification will not be granted if an out of state certification has been revoked, suspended or is under current disciplinary review.

CTE Program Costs

Materials, administration, and scoring for certification exam (short form) ………………………………….$1,500.00
Materials, administration, and scoring for certification exam (long form)…………………………………… $2,000.00

Firearms Qualification…………………………………………………………………………… $75.00

For other costs, please consult the ILEA Fee Schedule

If you have any questions or would like more information on the CTE program, please call ILEA at (515) 331-5772 or email Donna.Hallstrom@iowa.gov.