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Training by DCJS - Firearms Instructor

Applications and fees must be received by DCJS and all application & eligibility requirements must be met prior to enrollment.

DCJS will issue a confirmation to individuals with details regarding training session date & location and any special instructions. You will be scheduled for the next available session if the requested date is full.

Course Title and Code: Firearms Instructor Entry-Level Training (14E)

Application Type: Firearms Instructor Entry-level Training Enrollment form (PSS_FE)

Course Description: Entry-Level training provided by DCJS which, if already certified as a general instructor, makes an individual eligible to apply for certification as a Private Security Services Firearms Instructor.

This is a 40-hour training session conducted over 5 days. Student instructors will be required to fire both a semi-automatic and revolver and achieve a score of 255 points (85%) with each firearm. Students will also be required to fire a police style 12ga shotgun.

Student instructors will also be required to call the line of fire, and will be evaluated on their presence of mind, strict adherence to safety considerations, knowledge of the Security Handgun Course, and ability to command a firing line. In order to provide uniformity in this evaluation, a common set of range commands will be used. These range commands will be issued on the first day of class.

Two written tests will be given at the end of the course; an entry-level security officer firearms test, and a firearms instructor test. Student instructors must score a minimum of 85% on each of these tests.

Scheduled date:
Please see the training dates for course schedules. Following review of all application requirements, the department shall assign the applicant to an entry-level compliance agent training session.

Eligibility/Application Requirements :

  1. Official documentation that the applicant has successful qualified, with a minimum range qualification of 85%, with each of the following:
    • A revolver
    • A semi-automatic handgun; and
    • A shotgun

  2. You can enroll in the course without first being certified as a general instructor. However, you cannot be certified as a firearms instructor without first being certified as a general instructor.

Submit to the Department:

  1. Firearms Instructor Entry-level Training Enrollment application (PSS_FE) and applicable non-refundable fee;

  2. Official documentation verifying eligibility. For more information, view the Official Documentation page.

  3. Please note: you will not be scheduled for training until all applications, fees and documentation are submitted.

View the Instructor page for more information.


Course Title and Code: Firearms Instructor In-service Training (14I)

Application Type: Firearms Instructor In-service Training Enrollment Form (PSS_FI)

Course Description: This course is a four (4) hour training session provided by DCJS required for current firearms instructors and focuses on Regulation updates and instruction techniques.

Required to be completed within 24 months of the last completed training and within 12 months prior to the expiration date of an individual’s certification.  

Scheduled date:
Please see the training dates for course schedules. Training fills quickly, on a first come first served basis. Please apply early to allow yourself time to be scheduled for the training date and location you prefer.

Eligibility/Application Requirements:

  1. Just a reminder: to renew your instructor certification you must submit the Instructor Renewal Application (PSS_IR) and fee as well as complete training.

  2. Completion of in-service training does not automatically renew your instructor certification.

Submit to the Department :

  1. Firearms Instructor In-service Training Enrollment (PSS_FI) application and applicable nonrefundable fee.

View the Instructor page for more information.

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