2019 Courses of Instruction


Prerequisite: This is an intensive two-week course designed for experienced shooters and career law enforcement personnel who will be tasked as firearms instructors for their respective agencies.  Marginal shooters should not apply for this school.  This course is not designed to teach an officer how to shoot, but rather how to instruct others to shoot.  It should be noted that this is a physically demanding course requiring running, jumping, calisthenics, and shooting from various positions, not limited to only standing, kneeling, and prone.

Students will be required to fire a handgun pre-qualification test on the first day of training.  A minimum score of 80% on the qualification is required for the student to be accepted into the Firearms Instructor School.  Chief executive officers of attending students are requested to ensure those students can meet the minimum qualifications.  In order to obtain an instructor certificate, students must have a minimum score of 90% on each testing phase (handgun qualification, shotgun qualification, rifle qualification and final written examination).  Students failing to successfully meet the standards will receive a certificate of completion only, and will not receive an instructor certification.  Prospective students can contact the Academy to obtain a copy of both the handgun, rifle and shotgun qualification courses of fire.

NOTE:  Students exhibiting unsafe firearms handling during the course will be requested to leave.

Course Description: This is an advanced course that includes instruction on preparing written lesson plans for departmental firing courses, role of the instructor, methods of instruction, firearms liability, firearms/range safety, range procedures, target analysis, indoor handgun qualification, fundamentals of teaching shotgun, outdoor tactical pistol, rifle and shotgun range exercises/qualification, outdoor tactical handgun, rifle and shotgun courses, and student teaching exercises. 

Who Should Attend: Departmentally designated firearms instructors.

Tuition/Registration Fees: Registration fees are due by the first day of class.  If fees are not paid in full prior to completion of class, certificates and continuing education hours will not be issued unless payment is received.


  • $995 - tuition, meals and lodging
  • $625 - tuition and meals

Continuing Education Hours:

  • 51 hours of Skill Development
  • 12 hours of Technical Studies
  • 3 hours of Legal Studies
  • 2 hours of Interpersonal Perspectives

Mineral Area College Credit:

  • None
  • Sergeant Aaron Griffin
  • 573-751-9941 or aaron.griffin@mshp.dps.mo.gov
For questions concerning enrollment:
  • Jeanette Ford
  • 573-751-3626 or jeanette.ford@mshp.dps.mo.gov

Application For Training