Lethal/Less Lethal Shotgun Instructor

This course will give current firearm’s instructors the knowledge and skills of shotgun operation in both Lethal and Less-Lethal applications.  This course is not ammunition specific, but rather, familiarizes officers with the variety of lethal ammunition options, less-lethal munitions options, and tactics currently used during LE operations. Applicants who fail the prerequisite entry range skills test will be removed from the class on the morning of the first day and charged the full course tuition fee.

This class is 40 hours in length.  Graduates will be able to teach safe-handling, operation and manipulations of the police shotgun as well as less lethal application of the same platform.

Subjects covered include:

  • Loading & unloading
  • Less-Lethal options & applications
  • Methods of carry
  • Immediate action drills
  • Select munitions drills
  • Weapon modifications and accessories
  • Types of munitions
  • Sizing the shotgun to the shooter
  • Target engagement from 1 to 100 yards
  • Introduction to 37mm & 40mm Less-Lethal platform & munitions

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 WSCJTC Handgun Instructor Level 1, course #2011.

A firearms qualification test will be administered on day one.  A passing score must be achieved in order to move on in the course.  Review the requirements on the documents listed below.

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

(206) 786-8959

Who can attend our classes?

Class is only open to active law enforcement officers who meet the prerequisites.

Required Equipment

  • Agency-issued/approved shotgun pump or semi-auto, with sling and side saddle or other spare ammunition storage device capable of being attached to the weapon.  All applicants should bring a duplicate spare shotgun. NOTE – a pump-action shotgun is required for Less-Lethal munitions.
  • Weapon cleaning equipment
  • BDU type pants with cargo pockets
  • Baseball cap
  • Body armor
  • Laptop and flashdrive

Required ammunition:

  • 10 dummy shotgun rounds
  • 50 rounds of agency-issued Less-Lethal Impact munitions
  • 500 rounds of 00 Buckshot
  • 500 rounds of birdshot
  • 250 slug rounds
  • 50 rounds of practice ammo for duty pistol

Dress Code

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


After successful completion, students will receive a CJTC Shotgun Instructor certification that will be valid for 3 years.  To maintain instructor certification, students must complete a 8 hour Shotgun Instructor 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
2030-2 Lethal/ Less Lethal Shotgun Instructor 4/17/2023 - 4/21/2023 Wenatchee Range
5233 Malaga Alcoa Highway
Malaga, WA 98828
2030-1 Lethal/ Less Lethal Shotgun Instructor 8/14/2023 - 8/18/2023 Spokane Police Training Center
2302 North Waterworks Street
Spokane, WA 98823