Patrol Rifle Instructor

The Patrol Rifle Instructor course is 40 hours in length. This course is designed for the Officer who already exhibits above average rifle shooting/manipulation skills and will give them the knowledge and techniques to better transfer those skills to other Officers. This course is NOT an advanced course NOR is it a remedial rifle training course for Officers with poor rifle skills.  This course is a blend of classroom and range to give the participant updated information related to the rifle platform and instructing the same, while also giving them practical range time to further develop their skill in operation and teaching the patrol rifle.

This course will include the following topics:

  • Trouble-shooting carbines
  • The use of optics and how to zero them
  • Principle and context based drills related to manipulations, marksmanship and combat shooting
  • Coaching techniques to increase officers rifle shooting skills
  • An understanding of external and terminal ballistics and the factors which affect the bullet’s flight, and how to develop a departmental rifle program and qualification course.

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.  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.

Successful completion of Handgun Instructor Level 1.

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.

$600 (applicants agency provides ammunition)
Chris Williams (Firearms Program Manager), Mariah Collier (Administrative Assistant)

(206) 786-8959

Who can attend our classes?

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

Required Equipment

  • Agency issued/approved rifle with agency optics and iron sights or just iron sights, sling (recommend tactical) optional light mount. All applicants should bring a duplicate spare rifle in case of weapon malfunction
  • Spare magazine carrier (either belt or weapon mounted)
  • Minimum of 3 rifle magazines
  • If available an inert training rifle with sling (red or blue plastic – ASP or Ring’s)
  • Duty handgun and Patrol duty belt with a minimum of 3 pistol magazines
  • Inert training pistol to fit your duty holster (red or blue gun - ASP or Ring's)
  • Eye protection (including clear glasses for night firing)
  • Hearing protection – electronic headphones and earplugs
  • Copy of your agency’s firearms policies
  • One duty flashlight and one backup
  • Weapon cleaning equipment
  • BDU type pants with cargo pockets
  • Baseball cap
  • Body armor
  • Laptop and flashdrive

Required ammunition

  • 1000 rounds for rifle
  • 10 inert (dummy) rifle rounds
  • 200 rounds duty pistol

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.). 

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 Patrol Rifle Instructor certification that will be valid for 3 years; to maintain the instructor certification, students must complete a Recertification Course (8 hours) within 3 years of initial certification.


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


To cancel registration, send email to . Cancellations must be received at least 14 days prior to class. 

Training sessions

Session Session Title Dates & Hours Location Status
2014-2 Patrol Rifle Instructor 4/3/2023 - 4/7/2023 Richland Police Department Firearms Range
3230 Twin Bridges Road
Richland, WA 99354
2014-3 Patrol Rifle Instructor 6/12/2023 - 6/16/2023 Spokane Police Training Center
2302 North Waterworks Street
Spokane, WA 98823
2014-1 Patrol Rifle Instructor 8/14/2023 - 8/18/2023 Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office North Precinct
15100 40th Avenue Northeast
Marysville, WA 98271
2014-2 Patrol Rifle Instructor 8/21/2023 - 8/25/2023 Wenatchee Range
5233 Malaga Alcoa Highway
Malaga, WA 98828