Become an SAFTD Firearms Instructor

SAF Training Division Instructor Training  (40 Hours of Training)
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 (CPR/AED-First Aid may be available during your class)

NOTE: There are no credit transfer programs available. Shooting may be shooting and guns are guns, it is the SAFTD method and protocols you will learn in these instructor classes. These classes also give your Master Instructor a chance to evaluate you and your skills. 

SAF Training Division, Instructor level courses are designed to teach the experienced shooter/instructor, how to present the SAFTD courses to the general public using the SAFTD Methods of Instruction (MOI) as a basis for instructional methods and techniques. These courses also encompasses the proper running of the range portions and the best practices for achieving the maximum amount of learning from the students. This course takes 5 days (40 hours) of classes to complete. 


NOTE: These classes may be taken at your convenience. They do not have to be taken as a standalone five-day class. Recommended path would be MOI, RO, Student level and Instructor level.
Price total is approximately $750 for all required SAFTD classes.  This includes all materials to attend the class. This does not include the $50 for ID card, RO and Instructor certificates. 

Upon completion the new instructor will be able to teach (4) four classes.
F.A.S.T. Handgun (new shooters)
F.A.S.T. Skill Builder (all range work only)
Defensive Handgun 1 
Defensive Handgun 1 Skill Builder (all range work only).   

The SAF Training Division Instructor level courses are designed to teach the instructor candidates how to instruct in the student level course and are not designed to increase skills of the instructor candidates, all instructor candidates must already possess the skills necessary in the discipline they are taking. This is one reason SAFTD instructors are required to attend and pass the student level classes. All instructors’ candidates are must also meet the following requirements:

  • Must possess outstanding firearm handling safety skills and pass shooting qualifications.
  • Must attend and pass with a 90% or better on the written and shooting portions.
  •     SAFTD Methods of Instruction MOI (2 Days training)
  •     SAFTD Range Officer Certification (1 Day training)
  •     SAFTD Student level class. (1 Day training)
  •     SAFTD Instructor level class. (1 Day training)
  • Have proof of First Aid, CPR and AED Certification (National or State recognized organization)-(Must be up to date.)
  • Pass FBI shooting qualification.
  • Must be at least 21 years old.
  • Liability Insurance is HIGHLY recommended with minimum of 1,000,000 coverage.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizens or meet ITAR requirements or Legal Permanent Resident with valid immigration card. (ITAR)
  • Must speak, write and understand English.
  • Must be able to legally possess and handle firearms under both Federal and State laws.

Local Instructor candidates, must attend SAFTD Methods of Instruction (MOI) and SAFTD Range Officer (RO).  To attend an instructor class the instructor candidate must have also attended the student portion of the class they wish to become an instructor in. The instructor candidate must demonstrate proficiency and knowledge before attending an instructor class through a qualification & safety evaluation.  Instructor candidates must obtain a 90%+ on the student test and the instructor test.  The mission of the SAFTD Instructors is to instruct students using the SAFTD approved syllabus, methods and maintain the standard set forth by SAFTD.


SAFTD Advanced Instructor (AI)
Must have been a SAFTD Instructor for Minimum one (1) year. In addition, must be qualified in Handgun I, Carbine I, Shotgun I and Range Master. Must have taught a total 15 classes as instructor, minimum 10 classes as Lead Instructor, 2 disciplines of each 50 students 90% on written, 90%  qualifications. The mission of the SAFTD Advanced Instructor is to instruct students using the SAFTD advanced courses approved syllabus, methods and maintain the standard set forth by the SAFTD.

SAFTD Senior Instructors (SI)
Must have been an Advanced Instructor for (2) years.  In addition hold Handgun I-II Carbine I-II, Shotgun I-II, Precision Rifle and Range Master. Must have taught 30 classes, 20 of those classes must have been as Lead Instructor with a minimum of 100 students. Be submitted by a Master Instructor and passed all tests, interviews with a 95% or better. These Senior Instructors will instruct students using SAFTD approved Handgun I-II Carbine I-II, Shotgun I-II, Precision Rifle and Master Range Officer syllabus, methods and maintain the standard set forth by the SAFTD. They also assist MI in instructor classes.

SAFTD Master Instructors (MI) (Instructor trainer)
Must have been a SAFTD Senior Instructor, for (2) years be proficient in all fields of training (classroom, shooting and range operations), attended a Master Instructor conference and passed all tests, interviews with a 95% or better. Must have taught 36 classes, 20 of those classes must have been as Lead Instructor with a minimum of 100 students. Must be certified to teach all fields of training. These MI's will instruct students and instructor candidates using SAFTD approved syllabus, methods and maintain the standard set forth by the SAFTD.  Sponsored by Regional or National Master Instructor.   

SAFTD State Master Instructors (SMI)
Additional duties as MI and must be submitted by Regional MI and approved by National MI. Duties are to monitor and audit all instructors levels including Instructor, AI, SI, MI to check proficiency, ensure courses are being taught to SAFTD syllabus, ethnics etc. The State MI will also handle correspondence from State 2A organizations and help in getting SAFTD Course approved by their state of residence.

SAFTD Regional Master Instructors (RMI)
Same as State MI, additionally must be approved by National MI and submitted by Regional MI. Regional MI's run and organize Master Instructor Conferences with approval and attendance by a National MI. Some State MI's are Founding National Training Board Members of SAFTD. (They truly wrote the book). Without them this program would not have been possible.

Lead Instructor definition: Instructor in charge of the class, who runs, organizes and reports the class to the SAFTD.
SAFTD National Master Instructors
Head Quarters, National Executive Board

Revoking of Instructor, SI, AI, MI, RO, RM status:
Any and all certifications may be revoked for, but not limited to:

  • Unsafe acts in the classroom or range
  • Ethics violations (Listed in MOI and SOP's)
  • Not fulfilling commitments
  • Improper behavior resulting in charges or reports to this organization
  • Improper use of SAF or SAFTD logos, images, names or property
  • Improper training
  • Not following the syllabus, outline or class content
  • Skipping sections
  • Shortening or changing the course work or presentations
  • Criminal convictions
  • Actions which brings discredit to the SAFTD or its programs.

If your credentials are revoked by a State MI (It will be in writing on an official SAFTD form, you may appeal to your regional MI for a review. Your last course of action is to contact the National MI's. Their decision is final. This process may be completed by email and phone conversations. All outcomes will be sent to the instructor via certified and regular mail.  

Complaints will follow this chain of command.
If you see a SAFTD instructor violating any of our rules that would jeopardize the safety of a student or the quality of any SAFTD courses contact your State MI. You must complete the required paperwork and sign it.
Continuing Education & Training
Continuing Education & Training is mandatory for all training levels and will be a once a year, in person (classroom) or computer generated. This training is intended to keep all levels of trainers up to date on changes to classes and organizational policy.

Course Work Updates
SAFTD course work will be updated frequently and at a minimum of once per year as new studies, techniques and changes/corrections are necessary.

Instructor Level Classes are available in the following disciplines: Most are two-day classes.

  • Methods of Instruction (MOI)
  • Defensive Handgun 1 Instructor
  • Defensive Handgun 2 Instructor
  • Defensive Handgun 3 Instructor
  • Defensive Carbine 1 Instructor
  • Defensive Carbine 2 Instructor
  • Defensive Carbine 3 Instructor
  • Defensive Shotgun 1 Instructor
  • Defensive Shotgun 2 Instructor
  • Defensive Shotgun 3 Instructor
  • Precision Rifle Instructor 1-2-3
  • Range Master Development Course
  • Range Officer
  • SAFE - Instructor Development Course

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