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Title: Firearms Training Certification
Alternate Title:

Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS)

Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA)

Subject: Firearms
Creation Date: 9/11/2008 2:13:10 PM
Modification Date: 12/27/2019 3:28:19 PM
Agency Name: Public Safety (DPS), Minnesota Department of
Agency URL:
Agency Description: The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) is responsible for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement, Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS), Emergency Communication Networks, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Office of Justice Programs, State Fire Marshal, Pipeline Safety, State Highway Patrol, Capitol Security and Traffic Safety.
Agency Phone: 651-201-7000
Agency Fax: Agency URL:
Agency Address: Public Safety, Minnesota Dept. of
445 Minnesota Street

St. Paul
MN 55101

Division Name: Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA)
Division URL:
Division Description:
Division Phone: 651-793-7000 -24 Hours
Division Fax: Division URL:
Division Address:
1430 Maryland Ave. East

St. Paul
MN 55106

Unit Name: Firearms Instructor
Unit URL:
Unit Description:
Unit Phone: Unit Fax: Contact person(s):
Unit URL:
Audience: Hold Application URL:
Renewal URL:
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Certified Firearms Instruction

Organization Requirements

To qualify for Department of Public Safety approval as an organization authorized to certify instructors, the organization or government agency must meet, maintain and submit the following items:

  • Certificate of Good Standing from the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office issued within 60 days of application (government entities excluded)

  • Lesson plan for instructor and student courses that demonstrate that the successful candidates will be able to teach and have received the basic requirements for applicants for permits to carry required by
    Minn. Stat. § 624.714, subd. 2a.

  • Course syllabus, goals, objectives and outlines for instructor and student courses that demonstrate that the successful candidates will be able to teach and have received the basic requirements for applicants for permits to carry required by 
    Minn. Stat. § 624.714,subd. 2a

  • Copy of course of fire/qualification to be utilized in both instructor and student courses

  • Copy of certificate to be issued by organization to instructors and students

  • Copy of current instructor credentials of primary contact or owner

  • Written description of how the organization will maintain instructor and student records

  • Written description of how organization will maintain proficiency of instruction (including legal updates) and ensure the instructional practices and integrity of instructors

Organizations should use this form:Business Organization Application for Certification of Firearms Instructors. Organizations must be approved by the Department of Public Safety every five years.
Business Organizations Approved to Train Instructors

Instructor Requirements

Minn. Stat. § 624.714 subd. 2a (d)  provides that approved organizations and government entities may grant instructor certificates to individuals who have been certified within the last five years in accordance with Department of Public Safety standards and have received training in a course or courses that at a minimum contained:

  • Instruction in the fundamentals of pistol use including mechanical knowledge of handguns and safe practices in shooting, loading, unloading, clearing firearm malfunctions, safe storage and firearm care
  • Successful completion of an actual shooting qualification exercise and the ability to evaluate shooting proficiency and safe weapon skills of students in a practical firearm shooting exercise
  • Instruction in the legal aspects of pistol possession, carry, and use, including self-defense and the restrictions on the use of deadly force. This should also include the psychological and physiological effects of a violent threat encounter and simple weapon retention techniques
  • Instruction on how to maintain records of students seeking a permit to carry a firearm

Firearms trainers/organizations seeking more information should contact Senior Special Agent Josh Florell at 651-793-1051 or

Statutes: 624.714


Business Organization Application for Certification of Firearms Instructors

Application form is available at Instructor Certification



Period of Issuance: This certification must be renewed every five years.
Length of Determination: There is no processing time associated with this certification.
Other Info:
Activity: Firearms
Firearms Instructor
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