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Who we are:

The National Association of Field Training Officers (NAFTO) is a non-profit educational and professional association concerned with apprenticeship training.

Commonly referred to as the “Field Training Officer Concept”, apprenticeship training is used for law enforcement, communications, and corrections personnel. Educators, administrators and other criminal justice practitioners are also encouraged to participate.


NAFTO was created as a resource for law enforcement, corrections, and communications trainers throughout the United States and beyond.  NAFTO encourages the exchange of ideas and communication in order to promote “Field Training Program” related issues, which are unique to apprenticeship training models.


Those who choose a career in law enforcement, communications, corrections, and EMS, do not have the skills necessary to simply show up and perform the job in a proficient manner.  These career fields have a basic training requirement, such as an academy.  This training is basic and provides the foundation of learning.  However, it does not provide all the skills necessary to ensure candidates are ready to perform the duties required to do the job in a solo or proficient status.


Apprenticeship training, also known as “The Field Training Officer Concept” is necessary to provide training to new candidates.  Field Training Officers known as FTO’s, are experienced officers who attend organized and established training that provides the skills necessary to evaluate and train career candidates.


NAFTO is a resource for Field Training Officers, agencies and departments for developing, and growing field training programs.   NAFTO hosts an annual national training conference.  This annual training conference features break-out sessions, guest speakers and more.  Field training officers in various career fields exchange ideas and solutions for field training programs within their own organization.

How we can help.

Standardized Field Training Reduces Liability As It Relates To:
  • Negligent Hiring
  • Negligent Retention
  • Negligent Assignment
  • Negligent Entrustment
  • Negligent Training
  • Failure to Document
  • Negligent Supervision
  • Failure to Direct
  • Due Process Issues

Apprenticeship Training

Whether FTO or PTO model, Apprenticeship training is used for Law Enforcement, Communications, Corrections and EMS.


21st Century Policing

NAFTO is knowledgeable in regards to the recommendations made by the Task Force for 21st Century Policing.


Subject Matter Experts

Law enforcement, Communications, Corrections, EMS; We have subject matter experts to help your organization.



NAFTO provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, techniques and program management and best practices.

Interested In Becoming A Sponsor?

Our annual conference cannot be possible without the support of our sponsors.


International Law Enforcement Training Summit

When the world went into lock-down, agencies and organizations were forced to shut down training. We knew, right then, that something had to be done.

That is why we are joining over 40 of the top instructors in the world to support the 1st Annual International Law Enforcement Training Summit.

The ILET Summit runs from July 27th – 31st, is completely online, and for a limited time you can get a free pass:

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Additionally, as members of NAFTO you will receive 25% OFF the All-Access Pass which allows for lifetime access to all of the training content and thousands of dollars in giveaways and discounts.



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Update: National Conference

Hello Everyone,

Due to current restrictions across the country, and specifically in Washington, we have rescheduled the June 10-12th 2020 NAFTO National Conference.  Our annual conference will now be held at the Northern Quest Resort in Spokane, Washington, in June of 2021. It was clear to our board that postponing the conference a full 12 months was our best option. When considering restrictions on travel and training and the budgetary and staffing impact the pandemic has had on our agencies, we feel that the summer of 2021 gives all of us the best opportunity to attend. The new conference dates are June 9th, 10th, and 11th  2021.

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