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Course Description:

The 80-hour Level I Firearms Instructor Course is directed toward law enforcement personnel who have a desire to become firearms instructors. It is intended to develop the necessary instructor competencies required to provide safe and effective firearms training. During this course participants will focus exclusively and intensely on the handgun while they work to develop instructor competencies. This course will also be recognized as a Handgun Instructor Course. As an instructor course it is expected that participants will have above average handgun manipulation and marksmanship ability. Participants are expected to invest time outside of class preparing lesson plans, presentations and range drills.


REQUIRED equipment for EACH student

  • Duty handgun and Patrol duty belt with a minimum of 3 magazines. All applicants should consider bringing a duplicate spare duty pistol.
  • Inert training pistol to fit your duty holster (red or blue gun)
  • Off duty and concealed carry
  • Two duty flashlights, or one duty flashlight and one backup
  • Eye protection (including clear glasses for night firing)
  • Hearing protection – electronic headphones and earplugs
  • Review and be ready to discuss your agency’s firearms policies (will be comparing agencies policy to current law)
  • Weapon cleaning equipment
  • Body armor
  • Baseball hat
  • Laptop

REQUIRED ammunition:

  • 2000 rounds primary handgun (clean fire required in Burien)
  • 100 rounds off duty and concealed weapon ammo
  • A minimum of 20 inert training (Dummy) rounds for your duty pistol. Metal casing with plastic tips bullets preferred. Instructors prefer no plastic dummy rounds for this course.

Pre-Course Requirements:

  • A passing score, of 90%, on the entrance and manipulation skills shooting test.  Entry Level Test and Manipulation skill form.  Both tests will be conducted on day one of the course.
  • A pre qualification can be arranged by contacting one of the current CJTC Master Firearms Instructor on the linked list.  CJTC Firearms MI Contact List
  • Students are responsible for the content of the Sport Skills Instruction book below.  Come prepared to discuss the first 5 chapters of the book.  (The final chapters will be discussed in Level II).  The handout directing the discussion is linked below.  It will be turned in at the end of the first week with completed answers.  The book can be purchased from the link below or used from a variety of sources.  (Amazon, Ebay, etc…)
  • Sport Skill Instructions for Coaches
    • Author Craig A. Wrisberg
    • ISBN: 13:978073603987
  • Sports Skills Discussion Handout

Dress Code & Identification:

  • Students attending should wear range appropriate clothing.  Come prepared for all weather conditions.  They should possess agency identification.

Cost: $750 Applicants agency provides ammunition.

Recertification: Level One Instructor Recertification Course #2015, is currently 24 hours in length and should be attended within 3 years of last certification.

Failure/Cancellation/No Show:

  • Failure of the entry qualification, (Less than 90% or 450 out of 500 pts) will result in the student being released from the course. Fees will not be waived.
  • Cancellation Deadline: 7 Days prior to the first day of class. Send cancellations to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
  • No shows without prior cancellation will not be refunded.
  • Instructor reserve the right to send any student home for safety violations. No refund.


Course Requirement:

A minimum of 10 students is required for the course to be held.  Participants will be notified two weeks prior to the course of their registration acceptance OR any course cancellation.


***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.


How To Apply:

Course, and Registration Questions:


Online Registration-LMS (Only agency authorized personnel can access this tool. Contact your Training Manager on your local procedures).
LMS Help Desk |   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Program Assistant
Sacheie Coaxum |  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Program, or Policy Questions:

Program Manager
Doug Tangen |  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
Phone: 206.835.7373


Update revision date to January 2019

Session Start & End Date Location Status/Cost/Downloads
2011-5 August 05 -16, 2019

Oak Harbor WA
Open  / $750  

2011-2 September 16 -27, 2019 TBA

Wenatchee WA
Open  / $750  

2011-3 Oct 28 -Nov 08, 2019 Cathcart Operations Center
8915 Cathcart Way
Snohomish WA 98296
Open  / $750  

No Shows will be charged the full course fee