Handgun Instructor Recertification

This class serves as a recertification of Firearms Handgun Instructor for Level 1, Level 2 and Handgun Optics Instructor. It is 24 hours in length and should be attended within 3 years of last certification. This course will provide the current firearms instructor with the contemporary techniques and theories as well as a review of motor learning and feedback principles, along with updates on RDS technology and training standards. In addition, this course will provide a review of federal and state laws and contemporary legal standards relating to the use of deadly force.

Course topics are as follows:

  • Review of state & federal laws concerning use of deadly force
  • Handgun Instructor Manual review
  • Review principles of the Enoka and Heim studies
  • Review handgun manipulation Techniques
  • ACMLP (Sport Skills Instruction for Coaches book) review and application
  • Handgun marksmanship qualification
  • Current marksmanship and combat shooting techniques
  • Aiming principles to include red dot sight discussion and application

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.

Successful completion of Handgun Instructor Level 1, course #2011.

An Entry-Level Shooting Test and Manipulation Skill Test will be administered the morning of class.  A passing score is required to continue on with the class. 

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

(206) 786-8959

Who can attend our classes?

This class is open to active law enforcement personnel who meet the prerequisites.

Required Equipment

  • Department approved handgun w/ three magazines
  • Duty belt with agency approved holster and magazine pouches
  • Duty flashlight w/backup light recommended
  • Eye protection and ear protection
  • BDU Type pants w/cargo pockets
  • Body armor will be worn while on range
  • Laptop and Flash drive

Required Ammunition

  • Handgun - 1,200 rounds of handgun ammunition, 25 inert training rounds, (dummy rounds)

Other Required Materials

Students are responsible for the content of the Sport Skill Instruction for Coaches book.  A review of the book based on the Level 1 handout will be conducted over the three days:

Students are required to have access to a copy of the manual that they received in Level 1.

Dress Code

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


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
2015-5 Handgun Instructor Recertification 3/6/2023 - 3/8/2023
Class Hours:
0800 - 1700
Lakewood Police Department
9401 Lakewood Drive Southwest
Lakewood, WA 98499
Open $350
2015-6 Handgun Instructor Recertification 4/10/2023 - 4/12/2023 Spokane Police Training Center
2302 North Waterworks Street
Spokane, WA 98823
Open $350
2015-1 Handgun Instructor Recertification 7/24/2023 - 7/25/2023 Richland Training Center
3230 Twin Bridges Road
Richland, WA 99354
Open $350