North Carolina Justice Academy

North Carolina Department of Justice

Law Enforcement Sniper Course

Please check our "Available Training" page for the most current status of the course. 

Who Should Attend:

Individuals assigned the role of a precision marksman utilizing an optically assisted high-power rifle.

Course Goal:

To provide the information and skills necessary for a law enforcement officer assigned to the duties of sniper/ countersniper to effectively and efficiently fulfill those duties.

Course Objectives:

The student will be able to:
♦  Describe the proper method for cleaning the sniper rifle and scope.

♦  Describe three types of ballistics.

♦  Discuss the effects of temperature on ammunition.

♦  Estimate range using the Range Estimation Formula.

♦  List the four factors common to all shooting positions.

♦  Explain the purpose of the data book and log appropriate entries.

♦  Describe the role of both the sniper and observer.

♦  Safely and accurately fire and operate the police sniper rifle.


This course employs lecture, discussion and practical exercises.

Course Requirements:

Attendance is required for all class and range sessions. Students will be required to pass a written comprehensive examination with a score of 70% and pass a single shot qualification course of fire.
Special Concerns
Students will bring comfortable and practical clothing for outside training and rain protection. Students will need a high power rifle with scope, 250 rounds of service ammunition, binoculars and cleaning equipment. A spotting scope and shooter’s mat should be brought if available.


Register for ALL NCJA classes ((online, traditional and web-based) on our North Carolina Justice Academy Training Portal. After signing in to the portal, you can view ALL available classes. If you don’t have a portal account, instructions for creating one are located here.




Course Coordinator:

 Chad Thompson

Length of Course:

Five days - 36 hours 
NOTE:  ROOM and Board is NOT provided by the North Carolina Justice Academy.
You may Google the town of Creedmoor for available hotels in the area.
Range is located in Butner, NC.
4.5 miles off of Interstate-85
Take Exit 189 or Exit 191 North of Durham, NC.