Act 235 Certification

PA Lethal Weapons Training from Armor Security Institute


About the Course


  • A 5-Day 40-hour training course that combines classroom and range instruction.
  • Can be taken without the firearms portion.


  • An 8-hour training course with classroom and range instruction.

Steps to become Act 235 Certified

1. Obtain Application
Go to your local Pennsylvania State Police Department. Or visit

2. Complete Application: Psychologist and Physician Exam, Local State Police Appointment
Complete the sections of the application pertaining to you. Then take the application to the following appointments:

  • Psychologist – Contact a psychologist in your area that performs the MMPI test, which typically costs $150 to $200. Contact Armor for referral of a provider if desired. You will leave the form that pertains to this exam with the Psychologist. THE HEALTH CARE PROVIDER MAILS THIS IN – NOT YOU. Must be mailed within 15 days of the actual exam. 
  • Physician – Contact your primary care physician for a physical – or any health care provider that can perform a physical. You will leave the form that pertains to this exam with the Physician. THE HEALTH CARE PROVIDER MAILS THIS IN – NOT YOU. Must be mailed within 15 days of the actual exam.
  • Local State Police – Call and make an appointment. You will need to take your completed application and a money order in the amount of $80.25 made payable to: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Verify this cost when calling for your appointment, as the cost may change. THE STATE POLICE WILL MAIL YOUR COMPLETED APPLICATION, along with your money order and other information.

IMPORTANT - The MMPI and physical exam expire in 6 months, so you have six months to complete all three appointments and receive your approval letter from the State Police. Once your completed application is mailed, the approval process should take about 4-6 weeks and will state whether you can or cannot enroll into the Act 235 class. 

3. Wait for Approval Letter
While you are waiting for your Approval Letter, feel free to check on your status by visiting

  • Once on the website, on the left side column, please click on “Online Services”.
  • Click on “Status Inquiry” – you will need to enter your last name and last four digits of your social security number to view your status.

4. Sign up for your ACT 235 Course
Once you receive your approval letter, sign up for your ACT 235 course by contacting  Lorraine DiCioccio at 724-775-3577 or email at

We will mail you a Course Enrollment Form.

Once we receive a COPY of your Approval Letter, Course Enrollment Form and deposit/tuition we will enroll you for class.

Course Pricing

  • Basic Course: $450.00 with a $100.00 deposit 
  • Renewal Course: $250.00 with a $50.00 deposit 
  • Certification without Firearms: $350.00 with a $100.00 deposit; will only participate in the academic portion of the Basic Course
  • Range Renewal Course only: $100.00 with a $50.00 deposit
  • Range Course only NO class: $250.00 with a $50.00 deposit 
  • Veterans: receive a 50% discount with proof of being in the Armed Forces and there aren’t any waivers for military
  • Police Officer: visit where there is a list of possible waivers