Firearms Instructor

Course Hours: 82.0 Hours

Course Description

This course is designed to develop qualified firearms instructors who can manage and conduct firearms training programs. Officers will be trained in contemporary firearms techniques, equipment, and accessories and will participate in a variety of combat shooting drills including drawing techniques, safe loading and unloading procedures, proper use of cover, immediate actions, engagement of multiple targets, and a variety of other shooting problems. Subject matter will include: safety, range operation, ballistics, instructor liability, night firing, semi-automatic pistols, shotguns, and patrol rifles.

Training Outcomes

At the end of the course, the instructor should have a good understanding of the safety issues of running a range, running firearms courses of fire and drills.  Instructors will have a good understanding of the semi-automatic handgun, shotgun and patrol rifle.  Instructors will also have an understanding of where to obtain information for teaching courses at their agency and be ready to teach at their agency.


Officers must be Certified and Sworn Law Enforcement, and possess a POST General Instructor Certification. Please Note: The graduation certificate from the Instructor Training Course is not sufficient to demonstrate Instructor Certification status with POST. Additionally, officers will be required to score 90% or higher on the Georgia Semi-Automatic Pistol Course, on the first day of the class.

Who Should Attend

Law enforcement officers that have successfully completed General Instructor Training and desiring to become firearms instructors.

Special Notes

Officers should bring a semi-auto pistol, agency issued duty belt and holster, (holster must have retention), magazine pouch, three magazines, semi-auto patrol rifle, (RIFLE MUST BE ZEROED AT 50 OR 100 YARDS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL), three magazines, sling, semi-auto or pump action shotgun, hand-held light, ear protection, eye protection, and a hat with a brim. Ammunition will be provided in calibers: 9mm, 40 SW, 45ACP, 45GAP, .223, .308 and 12 gauge.  HOWEVER, EACH STUDENT SHOULD BRING 60 ROUNDS OF HANDGUN AMMUNITION FOR THE PRE-TEST SHOOT-IN ON DAY ONE.

Start Date End Date Location (Hover for more information) Time Course Number Status
04/11/2022 04/22/2022 GPSTC, FORSYTH 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. TBA Coming Soon
08/08/2022 08/19/2022 GPSTC, FORSYTH 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. TBA Coming Soon