WA CJTC 8 Hour Armed Certification Course, Washington State Private Security Firearms Certification


Shooters on the line at a firearms course with Olympic Tactical & Investigations.

 Course Description

This 8 hour course includes the required classroom instruction, written test, range training and weapon qualification required for your Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC) Firearm Certification.  Our experienced instructors will guide you through the process, giving you the information and practical skills needed to not only meet state standards, but to have the confidence and ability to safely and properly perform the duties of an armed security officer.

To attend this class you must be at least 21 years of age, legally able to possess a handgun and not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  Because safety is our first priority, anyone not following safety procedures or instructions will be removed from class.

Course Outline

Students will attend a classroom portion in preparation for the written examination. Topics include:

  • Security Officer licensing
  • Washington State criminal law on Use of Force
  • Washington State civil law
  • Interaction with Law Enforcement
  • Firearm Safety
  • Tactics
  • Equipment Considerations

During the Range portion, students will receive instruction and practical exercises covering:

  • Firearm Safety
  • Load, unload and proper storage of firearms
  • Fundamentals of marksmanship
  • Malfunction clearance
  • Movement / Turning
  • Kneeling
  • Slow fire distance and rapid close range shooting

To successfully complete the course students must pass the written exam, weapons skills practical tests, and a 42 round qualification course.

Students and Instructor in the CJTC Indoor range

Equipment Requirements

  • Range appropriate clothing
  • A semi-auto handgun with 3 magazines, dual magazine carrier, with a quality holster that covers the trigger and that allows re holstering using only one hand.  ***OR***
  • A 6 or more shot revolver with at least 3 speed loading devices, speed loader holders, and a quality holster that covers the trigger and that allows re holstering with one hand.
  • 250 rounds ammunition
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Water, food/energy bars

You may qualify with additional handguns, shotguns or patrol rifles at an additional fee, (range permitting), please let us know your needs prior to range day.

Olympic Tactical provides instruction, testing materials, CJTC forms, range fees and targets.

(We schedule based on demand. Contact us to let us know you’re interested.)


For additional information follow these links to the CJTC website:



Forms and study guides:

The 726 Form below is the general application for your armed certification:

726 App 2013 CJTC

The Study Guide below is the current Armed Certification Study Guide.  Read this before class!

Revised Student Study Guide 3-11

The 729 Form is the actual Live Fire Qualification and skills assessment to receive your certification(practice it!).

729 HGN 2012



2 replies
  1. Faren Smith
    Faren Smith says:

    Good morning:

    I am a WA State Corrections/Community Corrections Officer and I am interested in the WA CJTC 8 course required for private security license, as well as the training required for Bail Recovery Agent licensure…

    Do offer such trainings currently? How does one get on the notification list for future trnx?

    Sincere regards,

    Faren Smith

  2. Johnny J Johnston
    Johnny J Johnston says:

    I am currently an unarmed security patrol officer interested in attaining my firearms certification.


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