Welcome to the WSCJTC Private Security (PS) / Private Investigator (PI) / Bail Bond Recovery Agent (BBRA) program. The WSCJTC is mandated to issue firearms certifications as an element of an individual's armed license for security, investigation, or bail bond recovery per RCW 18.165, 18.170, and 18.185. To apply, you must first complete an 8-hour PS/PI/BBRA Firearms Certification Course instructed by an approved WSCJTC Private Security Certified Firearms Instructor in your area.
If you are a recovery agent who is also a security guard you will need to send in two separate packets for firearms certification as certification only applies to one license type. As a reminder, per RCW, firearms used by private security officers (RCW 18.170.050 2) and/or private investigators (RCW 18.165.060 2) must be owned by their respective companies.
WSCJTC PS/PI/BBRA Program News and Updates
Added 7/2013 - Off-Duty Law Enforcement for Private Security
Does your agency use or is looking to use off-duty law enforcement for Private Security company work? If so, read the Off-Duty Private Security Agency Work In Washington (and Sworn Officer Flow Chart 7/2013) for information regarding rules.
Instructors – Completed qualification test forms are to be given to the students or their agencies. Do not mail in student forms to the WSCJTC.
Licensees – All guards, investigators, and bail bond recovery agents that hold current firearms certifications with their armed licenses must recertify on all firearms they use in the course of their duties annually prior to license expiration.
PS/PI/BBRA Firearms Certification Process
Step #1 – Download the Certification Process Chart and Pamphlet
Step #2 – Once you have obtained your unarmed license from WA DOL, return to their site and apply for the armed license. Download the needed WSCJTC forms (as stated on the process chart). Make sure you have the most current forms; older versions of these forms will NOT be accepted.
Special Note: If you are the sole proprietor for Private Investigation or Bail Bond Recovery, you must sign for yourself as the owner/designee on the 726 certification application form. Unsigned forms will NOT be processed.
Step #3 - Attend an PS 8 hour certification class using a WSCJTC PS Certified Firearm Instructor from our directory.
Firearms Certification can be obtained for handguns, shotguns, and rifles. Some instructors are also available to provide scoped rifle training. You’ll find them at the end of the PS Certified Firearms Instructor Directory. There is no firearms certification associated with the scoped rifles. This is a tools option only.
Step #4 – Download the Armed Certification Study Guide
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PS/PI/BBRA WSCJTC PS Certified Firearms Instructor Process
PS Certified Firearms Instructors are made up of a cadre of individuals that currently work for security companies and/or law enforcement agencies. To become an instructor, individuals must meet the mission and values of the WSCJTC and uphold the rules set forth in WAC 139-37. Instructors that are unable to meet these program policies and WAC 139-37 will be removed from the instructor cadre. PS Certified Firearms Instructors follow a set curriculum created by the WSCJTC and any instructor not following the Certification Training Process canbe reported to WSCJTC at
Individuals are welcome to apply to become a PS Certified Firearms Instructor if they are currently working for a security or enforcement agency, currently working for a firearms training company, or other entity firearms instructor (e.g. NRA, Oregon DPSST, Idaho POST).
Blended Security Instructor/Law Enforcement Classes: Please check back if no classes are scheduled at this time.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Downloadable Frequently Asked Questions about the PS/PI/BBRA Firearms Certification Process
Links (Materials & Training)
For Instructors: Qualification targets can be obtained in the full and half size from the following companies:
Law Enforcement Targets: This company stocks the standard, half, and quarter size targets to accommodate your range environment if you do not see the product you want in the online catalog, call them and they will produce the target for you.
WA State Dept. of Printing General Store: Create new user account, an assortment of targets can be found under the Criminal Justice Training Commission agency link in the store.
Crisis Intervention Team Training: www.cithappens.com
Washington State Patrol’s Criminal History Unit provides the following training:
RAP Sheet Training
Livescan Operations-Fingerprint Training
Ink Fingerprint Training
CrossMatch LiveScan Operations-Fingerprint Training
Washington State Department of Licensing / Phone: 360-664-6611
Additional Training Opportunities: The agency information listed below is a listing only and not endorsed, supported, or funded by the WSCJTC.
Washington State Department of Licensing Bail Bond Recovery Agent Training Referrals from the WA DOL
Pierce County Security, Inc.
Olympic Tactical Instruction, Olympic Tactical & Investigations
Black Tiger Tactical
Fort Discovery Training Center
Survival Systems Ltd.
Contacting the PS/PI/BBRA Firearms Program at the WSCJTC
Rachelle Parslow, Program Supervisor
Darcy Kirley, Program Assistant