North Carolina Justice Academy

North Carolina Department of Justice

Specialized Firearms Instructor Training Prequalification

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

Who Should Attend:

Successful completion of this course is required for all instructors planning to attend Specialized Firearms Instructor Training.  The testing required with this course replaces the testing which, in the past, has been done on the first day of the Specialized Firearms Instructor Training course.  Therefore, this course is an extension of Specialized Firearms Instructor Training.  In order to enroll in this prequalification course, instructors must meet submit the Written Endorsement to Attend Specialized Instructor or SMI Training  and a copy of the student’s Instructor Certification (valid through the course date) from Training and Standards.  

Course Goal:

To ensure that instructors attending Specialized Firearms Instructor Training are prequalified.

Course Requirements:

The student will be required to fire the handgun BLET qualification course, day and night, and attempt to qualify with at least a score of 92% with their duty handgun, two out of three attempts.

Special Concerns:
Students should bring comfortable and practical clothing for outside training and bring rain protection.  The student should also bring their duty handgun with duty holster and ancillary equipment and 300 rounds of duty/ballistic equivalent pistol ammunition.  Also, bring eye and ear protection and a billed cap.  Nylon holsters (unless uniform duty holsters) and tactical holsters are unacceptable. Individuals employed by an agency with a Uniform Patrol Division MUST have a uniform belt and holster (i.e., Sam Brown belt, security holster, etc.) regardless of their current duty assignment. Duty weapons MUST be the department-issued weapon. NO PERSONAL WEAPONS.

NOTE: Once a student successfully completes an instructor prequalification session, the student will be given one calendar year to attend (and only one attempt to successfully complete) the specialized instructor training course offering in which the prequalification applies. If the student fails to meet this standard, the student must re-enroll and successfully complete another instructor prequalification session in its entirety prior to being eligible to attend a subsequent specialized instructor training course. 
Effective February 2013: Students applying for our Specialized Instructor Training courses no longer have to submit a CPR card in order to enroll or attend. Students will have to submit the CPR card to the Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Division once they complete our Specialized course and apply for certification. 


  1. Register for ALL NCJA classes (traditional classroom and online) 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.
  2. Also, you must complete the Written Endorsement to Attend Specialized Instructor or SMI Training form and return it to the appropriate program assistant indicated the Training Portal.



Course Coordinator:

 Chad Thompson

Length of Course:

 One day - 0 hours
 It starts at 1:00pm.