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Instructor Certification

Minnesota statute 624.714, Subd. 2a. requires permit to carry applicants to present evidence of having received from a certified instructor training in the safe use of a handgun within one year of an original application or renewal.

Frequently Asked Questions regarding applying to become an organization authorized to certify instructors

Certified Firearms Instruction

Organization Requirements

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

  • Register the business organization with the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office and provide a stamped copy of proof of filing to DPS (government entities excluded)
  • Maintain instructor records adequate to verify training
  • Maintain proficiency of instruction (including legal updates) and ensure the instructional practices and integrity of instructors
  • Provide a curriculum used to train instructors that demonstrates that the certified instructors will be able to teach the basic training requirements for applicants for permits to carry required by Minnesota Statutes 624.714, Subd. 2a.

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 - Alphabetical list

Business Organizations Approved to Train Instructors - List by location 

Instructor Requirements

Minnesota Statutes 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