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 our Learning Management System (LMS).

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.

Learn more about our new Distributed Level 1 Instructor Course here. This is a pilot project in which we run the class in single days over a period of 2 or more months, allowing for agencies to send their officers for a day at a time for ten different weeks. 

Upcoming classes are listed below.  Registration does not guarantee acceptance into the class.  Selections will be completed four weeks prior to the class; those accepted into the class will receive a notification at that time.

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.

Doug Tangen (Firearms Program Manager), Kena Champion (Administrative Assistant)

(206) 835-7341

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.


Monday through Friday, 0800 - 1700 hrs.  It is subject to change by session.

Dates and locations will vary by session.


Deadline to cancel is 7 days prior to the first day of class.  Send cancellations to appliedskills@cjtc.wa.gov

No shows without prior cancellation will not be refunded.

Instructors reserve the right to send any student home for safety violations.  No refunds will be issued.

Training sessions

Session Session Title Dates & Hours Location Status Cost
2011-12 Firearms Handgun Instructor Level 1 9/13/2021 - 9/24/2021 5233 Malaga Alcoa Highway
Malaga, WA 98828
Full $900
2011-13 Firearms Handgun Instructor Level 1 2/21/2022 - 3/4/2022
Class Hours:
0800 - 1700
Cathcart Way Operations Center
8915 Cathcart Way
Snohomish, WA 98296
Open $900
2011-14 Firearms Handgun Instructor Level 1 4/4/2022 - 4/15/2022
Class Hours:
0800 - 1700
3230 Twin Bridges Road
Richland, WA 99354
Open $900
2011-15 Handgun Instructor Level 1 5/16/2022 - 5/27/2022
Class Hours:
0800 - 1700
101 McMurray Road Northeast
Tacoma, 98422
Open $900
2011-1 Firearms Handgun Instructor Level 1 7/11/2022 - 7/22/2022
Class Hours:
0800 - 1700
Spokane Police Training Center
2302 North Waterworks Street
Spokane, WA 99212
Open $900
2011-2 Firearms Handgun Instructor Level 1 8/22/2022 - 9/2/2022
Class Hours:
0800 - 1700
Clark County Sheriff's Range
902 Northeast 192 Avenue
Vancouver, WA 98684
Open $900
2011-3 Firearms Handgun Instructor Level 1 9/12/2022 - 9/23/2022
Class Hours:
0800 - 1700
Okanogan County Sheriff's Office Range
247-B, B and O North Road
Okanogan, WA 98840
Open $900