Instructors at the New Mexico Corrections Training Academy (NMCTA) bring a wide-range of experience and education in the subject areas that they teach. All instructors have completed a training-for-trainers instructor certification course and have real-world experience working in prison facilities and/or in the community. Many have college degrees, some having advanced degrees, and each instructor holds specialized certifications related to the topics that they teach. Five NMCTA instructors are certified as master level instructors in the areas of defensive tactics, use of force, firearms, TASER, and First Aid/CPR. Some instructors also bring military and law enforcement experience to the academy. NMCTA Instructors are continually working to improve their knowledge and skills while also actively supporting adjunct instructors throughout the department.