"Training the Guardians of Democracy"
Establish high standards and exceptional training to ensure that criminal justice professionals in Washington State have the knowledge and skills to safely and effectively protect the life, liberty, and property of the people they serve.

Sniper Basic, Course #0531

This course is 45 hours in length and is intended for law enforcement officers who are currently assigned or being assigned to a SWAT Team.


  • SWAT Basic Course 0510 or by permission of the Firearms Program Manager, Mike O’Neill at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Upon successful completion students will:

  • Demonstrate proficiency with a precision rifle.
  • Handle and deploy with a precision rifle consistent with the safety protocol and the best practices and procedures for a police sniper.
  • Employ the introduced tactics as a part of a SWAT Team.

Class standards:

  • 100% attendance is required.
  • 90% or better on the rifle qualification.
  • 80% or better on the written test.
  • Strict adherence to firearm safety rules and general handling practices.

(It is the prerogative of the lead instructor to remove a student from the course for flagrant or repeated minor violations of safety protocols. No certificate of attendance will be issued.)

Tuition, Lodging, and Meals:

  • Staying at the training site is mandatory for all course attendees including those from local agencies.

Mandatory equipment for each student to bring to class:

  • Bolt action or semi-auto rifle
    • Minimum of .308 caliber
    • Trigger pull of no less than 3 lbs.
    • Capable of firing a 4 shot group measuring 1” or less at 100 yards
    • Scope with finger adjustable turrets for windage and elevation.
    • Bi-pod or pack for support
    • 500 rounds of match grade ammunition (reloads are not acceptable)
    • Pad or ground cover to insulate the shooter from the ground.
    • Rear bag or rest for supporting the rifle
    • Hearing and eye protection
    • Binoculars
    • Rifle cleaning supplies including a single piece cleaning rod
    • Gas mask
    • Water bottle or pack for in-field hydration
    • Flashlight
    • Pack for field-craft exercises
    • Hide making material


  • Deployment uniform to include…
    • Weather appropriate clothing for outdoor tactical training
    • Law enforcement identification
Recertification: Sniper Advanced Course #0537, is 45 hours in length and should be attended within 3 years of last certification.

Cancellation / No Show:

  • Deadline: If, for any reason, it becomes necessary to cancel the application, you must notify the Registrar via email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it seven days prior to class.
  • Fee: Non-canceled “No Shows” will be charged the entire course fee.


  • Questions regarding the course may be directed to Jeff Geoghagan at 206 731-9113 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

***Is this class full or not available????
Please complete the Course Interest Survey. Please Note: This is not a waiting list.  You will not be contacted by WSCJTC unless there is enough interest to generate a class being scheduled.  At that time we will contact everyone that has shown interest so that applications can be submitted.


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