Firearms Instructor Course


  • September 10 - 14, 2018
  • November 5 - 9, 2018
  • December 3 - 7, 2018
  • March 18 - 22, 2019
  • October 7 - 11, 2019


Total: $214.00 (Through to January 1, 2019)

Total: $238.00 (After January 1, 2019)

Payable by two separate payees:


$99.00 Check payable to Fresno City College. (Before January of 2019)

$123.00 Check payable to Fresno City College. (After January 1, 2019)


Range: $115 payable to FPDRTC 


Fresno Police Department Regional Training Center
6375 W. Central
Fresno, California 93706


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NOTE:  Students signing up for this course need to supply a correct email address for those attending the course.  Some pre-course information may be sent to you prior to the class by the instructors, so providing an email you check can be important.


Please call and cancel your reservations if you cannot attend. College Registration fees are subject to change without notice. Make checks payable to Fresno City College. Out of Consideration for people who are on a waiting list, please cancel your reservation no later than 21 days prior to the first day of class.


Capt. Dennis Davenport (Department of Fish & Wildlife - Retired)
Sgt. Kevin Pendley (Kingsburg Police Department)
Rangemaster Jeremy Harlow (Fresno Sheriff Office)

Certified Hours

40 Hours

8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Course Description

Designed to prepare the student with the fundamentals of teaching law enforcement firearms techniques to others and to create and administer a safe and quality Firearms Training Program. Demonstrates various shooting styles and updated instruction on the most effective contemporary techniques used in law enforcement today. Shows how to diagnose shooting problems through target analysis, and how to properly correct the problem.

Officers attending this course should be competent shooters in accuracy and gun handling skills.  The course is not intended for a shooter who needs improvement in their shooting capabilities.   Students will learn improved teaching techniques, lesson plans, shooting course development, reading poor shooters issues, and improving others to shoot at a standard required for law enforcement officers.  The course does have a pre-test requirement that assesses the student’s ability to enter the course.  The pre-test is given at the beginning of the 40-hour course, on the first day of the course.  See prerequisites section.

Required Equipment

Equipment Needed for Firearms Instructor Course

  • Department Handgun
  • 800 rounds of department ammo (target rounds - no reloads)
  • Department Shotgun (with sling if you use them)
  • 60 rounds of buckshot / 10 rounds of slugs
  • Ear and Eye protection
  • Baseball style, billed cap to keep ejected rounds from falling upon shooters head/face
  • Department duty belt with holster, ammo pouch, etc. (no Tasers, or O.C. on the range)
  • At least three magazines for duty weapon
  • Department issued Bullet Proof Vest
  • Recommended clothing (hat, closed toed footwear, pants, - no shorts, V-neck shirts, or red colored shirts)
  • Personal water containers, sun block, etc.
  • Laptop (optional, but students will prepare a lesson plan during the course)
  • Padlock if you wish to lock up property during lunch or storage during class

List of Equipment Needed for Firearms Instructor Course

Equipment Note: 

A proper law enforcement type pistol holster is required. Soft nylon holsters commonly sold to civilians are not acceptable. Serpa holsters, or holsters with a similar index finger release, are strictly prohibited because of safety concerns.



A California Peace Officer Standards and Training Basic Course certificate issued from an accredited regional police academy or equivalent as determined by the division Dean or their appointee. These skills and knowledge base are related to adopted POST and/or industry standards. NOTE: Approval of equivalent training is not a guarantee state regulatory or licensing agencies will also grant equivalency.

A pre-test, or qualification, for the course will be given prior to the starting of the class on the first day of class.  Students must qualify with a minimum of 80% to enter the class.  Student shall be prepared for the course without warm-up or practicing the day of the class.  All practice for the course shall be done prior to arrival.  The pre-test is listed in writing on the below “Pre-Test for Course” link.  Students not obtaining a passing course will not be allowed to continue into the course.  No re-test is allowed.  For those students wishing more information they can contact the academy prior to the class.

The pre-qualification prior to starting the class is mandatory with a passing score of 80 percent.

Pre-Test for Course

Copies of Department Firearms Policies

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