WI DSPS Firearms Certification

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NWTC's WI DSPS Firearms Certification courses are designed for instructors, private security personnel, private investigators, and armed security professionals, offering comprehensive training that meets the rigorous standards set by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS).

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Course Offerings

DSPS Firearms Instructor Certifications

  • Firearms Instructor Certifier Class (Handgun)
    • Duration: 36 to 40 hours
    • Overview: This extensive course provides in-depth training on handgun safety, handling, and instructional techniques.
  • Firearms Instructor Certifier Class (Rifle)
    • Duration: 24 - 36 hours
    • Overview: Focuses on rifle safety, handling, and instructional techniques, complementing the handgun instructor certification.
  • Firearms Instructor Recertification (Handgun or Rifle)
    • Duration: 16 hours 
    • Frequency: 12/31/Even years*
    • Overview: Designed for current instructors who need to renew their certification, covering updates and advanced techniques.

DSPS Firearms Permit Certifications

  • Firearms Permit Training (Handgun)
    • Duration: 36 hours
    • Overview: Comprehensive training for individuals seeking a handgun permit, covering safety, legal considerations, and practical handling.
  • Rifle Permit Training
    • Duration: 24 hours
    • Prerequisite: Must be completed after the Handgun Permit Training
    • Overview: Detailed training on rifle handling and safety for individuals seeking a rifle permit.
  • Refresher Firearms Training
    • Duration: 6 hours
    • Frequency: 12/31/Even years*
    • Overview: Ongoing training to ensure permit holders stay current with best practices and legal requirements.


*Per Wisconsin State Statutes 440.08 (2), the required renewal date for the Firearms Certifier credential is 12/31/even years.
 Should you receive your initial credential in the months leading up to this date, you are still required to renew your license by the statutorily defined date.

Why choose NWTC?

Approved DOJ Curriculum

Our courses follow the rigorous Department of Justice (DOJ) curriculum, ensuring you receive the highest standard of training recognized by the state of Wisconsin.

Exclusive Training Authority

NWTC, the Wisconsin Technical College System, and other U.S. Department of Education approved institutions may provide training to individuals seeking approval to be firearm certifiers per WI state statute (Wis. Admin. Code ยง SPS 34.04).  Trust us to provide the most credible and comprehensive training available.

Experienced Instructors

Our highly qualified instructors bring years of experience and expertise to the classroom, ensuring you receive top-notch education and practical skills that are immediately applicable.

Flexible Training Solutions

We offer flexible and tailored solutions to meet the unique needs of both individuals and organizations. Whether you're an aspiring instructor or part of a security team, our courses are designed to fit your specific requirements.

Affordable & Accessible Training

NWTC provides accessible and affordable training options without compromising on quality. Our programs are structured to offer maximum value, combining expert instruction with practical, hands-on learning experiences.


Rob Hock, Public Safety Training Coordinator - rob.hock@nwtc.edu | 920.498.7175