Handgun Instructor Level 1

The 80-hour Level I Handgun 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.

To register for the course, contact your Training Manager to assign the training to you via Acadis

Upcoming classes are listed below.  Registration does not guarantee acceptance into the class. Participants will be notified two weeks prior to the course of their registration acceptance OR any course cancellation.

If classes are full, or not available, please complete the  Course Interest Survey.  This is not a waiting list, but instead helps us see if there is enough interest to create another class.  If we schedule a session, we will contact everyone who has completed the survey and request that registration be completed.

A passing score of 90% on the entrance and manipulation skills shooting test is required.  Both tests will be conducted on day one of the course.  To review the requirements, see our Entry Level Test and Manipulation Skills Entry forms. 

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.

Chris Williams (Firearms Program Manager), Mariah Collier (Administrative Assistant)

(206) 786-8959

Who can attend our classes?

Class is open to active law enforcement officers who desire to become firearms instructors.   As an instructor course, it is expected that participants will have above average handgun manipulation and marksmanship ability.

Required Equipment


  • Revolver of choice (preferred 38 or 357 cal)
  • Revolver related equipment (holster, speed loaders or similar devices)
  • 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 (responsibility of applicant's agency):

  • 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.
  • 250 rounds (Revolver)

Pre-Course work

Students are responsible for reviewing 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 book can be purchased from the link below or used from a variety of sources.  (Amazon, Ebay, etc.). 

A handout directing the discussion is linked below.  It is to be turned in at the end of the first week with completed answers.

Dress Code

Students attending should wear range appropriate clothing, and come prepared for all weather conditions.  Agency Identification will be required.


After successful completion, students will receive a CJTC Handgun Instructor certification that will be valid for 3 years; to maintain the instructor certification, students must complete a Recertification Course within 3 years.


Class hours are 0800-1700, Monday – Friday, with the exception of State and Federal Holidays. 


To cancel registration, send email to appliedskills@cjtc.wa.gov . Cancellations must be received at least 14 days prior to class. 

Training sessions

Session Session Title Dates & Hours Location Status Cost
2011-6 Firearms Handgun Instructor Level 1 3/20/2023 - 3/31/2023 Tacoma PD Range
101 McMurray Road Northeast
Tacoma, WA 98422
Open $1000
2011-7 Firearms Handgun Instructor Level 1 4/24/2023 - 5/5/2023 Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office North Precinct
15100 40th Avenue Northeast
Marysville, WA 98271
Open $1000
2011-1 Firearms Handgun Instructor Level 1 7/10/2023 - 7/21/2023 Spokane Training Center
2302 North Waterworks Street
Spokane, WA 98823
Open $1000
2011-2 Firearms Handgun Instructor Level 1 8/21/2023 - 9/1/2023 Tacoma PD Range
101 McMurray Road NE
Tacoma, WA 98422
Open $1000
2011-3 Firearms Handgun Instructor Level 1 9/11/2023 - 9/22/2023 Wenatchee Range
5233 Malaga Alcoa Highway
Malaga, WA 98828
Open $1000
2011-4 Firearms Handgun Instructor Level 1 9/25/2023 - 10/6/2023 8915 Cathcart Way, Building H
Snohomish, WA 98296
Open $1000
2011-5 Firearms Handgun Instructor Level 1 10/23/2023 - 11/3/2023 Richland Training Center
3230 Twin Bridges Road
Richland, WA 99354
Open $1000