Become A USCCA Instructor

Are you interested in becoming a firearms trainer who can provide their students with a reliable and relevant education? No matter where you are in your firearms training, we have an instructor option for you! By becoming a USCCA Instructor, you can arm your students with the highest quality materials to ensure they know how to safely handle their firearm.

USCCA Certified Instructor

If you’re ready to become a highly trained firearms instructor who is prepared to arm their students with an exceptional education then you’re ready to become a USCCA Certified Instructor!

Benefits Of Being A Certified Instructor

  • You will be able to advertise yourself and your classes under the USCCA brand, and will be provided with USCCA logos for print materials, your website, social media, and apparel.
  • Your name and classes will be advertised on the USCCA website.
  • Your classes will be referred to those in search of a class near you by the USCCA Member Services team.
  • You will be able to provide your students with a USCCA certificate so that they are able to apply for a CCW permit in their home state.
  • You will be able to earn 50% commission on any students of yours that you refer to join the USCCA.
  • You will be afforded premium discounts on bulk textbook purchases starting at 46% for 1 case, 50% for 2 cases and 54% for 3 or more cases of Concealed Carry & Home Defense Fundamentals. Plus, free shipping (average of $20 per case.)
  • You will be able to purchase a case of the latest issue of Concealed Carry Magazine, the ultimate resource for self-reliant citizens, to give to your students. You’ll receive an 83% discount off the cover price per issue. Plus, free shipping (average of $20 per case.)
  • You will be eligible to purchase additional USCCA branded curriculum at the discount and add certifications to your resume by taking additional training with USCCA Training Counselors.
  • You will have unrestricted access to the USCCA Instructor Portal where you will find presentation support videos, lesson plans, registration forms, quizzes, state supplements, etc…
  • You will be qualified to apply to become a USCCA Training Counselor and certify other instructors.

Steps To Become A Certified Instructor

1. Activate and complete the USCCA Concealed Carry & Home Defense Fundamentals eLearning module.

At this time, you will also purchase your USCCA Instructor Toolkit which includes your classroom presentation PowerPoint, 10 copies of Concealed Carry & Home Defense Fundamentals by Michael Martin, a classroom poster, 10 copies of Concealed Carry Magazine, and a USCCA Instructor Polo and range cap.

Call 1-877-577-4800 to purchase your eLearning module and to order your toolkit. Instructor candidates can purchase these together at a discounted price. (You will receive your toolkit after completing Step 3, the USCCA Instructor Certification Course.)

2. Find and Sign up for a USCCA Instructor Certification class with a USCCA Training Counselor near you.

3. Attend a USCCA Instructor Certification course with a USCCA Training Counselor and qualify by passing both live fire and written examinations. You will receive your toolkit after completing the USCCA Instructor Certification Course.


USCCA Associate Instructor

If you’ve earned qualifications as a Certified Firearms Instructor from a State or Nationally recognized training organization (i.e. NRA) other than the USCCA and are looking to improve your training materials, become an Associate Instructor now!

Benefits Of Being An Associate Instructor

  • Enhance your current training program with premium training and classroom presentation materials from the fastest growing organization in the defense firearms industry.
  • You will be able to earn 50% commission on any students of yours that you refer that purchases a USCCA membership.
  • You will be able to purchase and offer to your students the award winning text book Concealed Carry & Home Defense Fundamentals by the case at a 46% discount off of the msrp plus S&H.
  • You will be able to purchase a case of the latest issue of Concealed Carry Magazine (to give to your students) the most all inclusive personal firearms defense magazine on the market, for a 83% discount off the per issue price plus S&H.
  • You are eligible to purchase additional USCCA branded curriculum to match the level of your credentials as it becomes available.

Steps To Become An Associate Instructor

1. Send proof of your training credentials to the USCCA Training Team. Email to associate.instructors@uscca.com or fax to 262-334-4050.

2. Purchase your USCCA Instructor Toolkit which includes your classroom presentation PowerPoint, 10 copies of Concealed Carry & Home Defense Fundamentals by Michael Martin, classroom poster, 10 copies of Concealed Carry Magazine, and a USCCA Instructor Polo and range cap. Call 1-877-577-4800 to order your toolkit.

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USCCA Training Counselor

If you’re qualified as a USCCA Certified Instructor, you can attend a class to become a Training Counselor and have the means to certify other instructors to help them become more capable of providing their students with an unparalleled education!

Benefits Of Being A Training Counselor

  • You will be part of a select and limited group of the best trainers who have the ability to certify USCCA Instructors.
  • You will be listed on the “Find A Training Counselor” interactive map on the USCCA website.
  • Our Member Services team will refer you to those near you who desire to become a Certified Instructor but cannot attend the course at USCCA headquarters in West Bend, WI.
  • You will be afforded premium discounts on bulk textbook purchases starting at 46% for 1 case, 50% for 2 cases and 54% for 3 or more cases of Concealed Carry & Home Defense Fundamentals. Plus, free shipping (average of $20 per case.)
  • You will be able to purchase a case of the latest issue of Concealed Carry Magazine, the ultimate resource for self-reliant citizens, to give to your students. You’ll receive an 83% discount off the cover price per issue. Plus, free shipping (average of $20 per case.)
  • You will be eligible to purchase additional USCCA branded curriculum to match the level of your credentials as it becomes available.
  • You will be able to earn 50% commission on any students of yours that you refer to join the USCCA.
  • You will have unrestricted access to the USCCA Instructor Portal where you will find presentation support videos, lesson plans, registration forms, quizzes, state supplements, etc…
  • You will have the opportunity to travel and assist the USCCA Cadre with Instructor certification courses and the annual USCCA Expo.

Steps To Become A Training Counselor

1. Complete the USCCA Certified Instructor course with a USCCA Training Counselor.

2. Attend a Training Counselor course at USCCA headquarters in West Bend, WI with the USCCA Cadre, and qualify by passing both live fire and written examinations. Call 1-877-577-4800 to register for an upcoming course.

All USCCA Certified Instructors will be notified via email about upcoming Training Counselor courses.

Upcoming Training Counselor Courses:

Important: Be sure your email address on your instructor account is opted-in to receive USCCA emails and your spam filter allows for emails from the USCCA.

USCCA eLearning Module

Our convenient and efficient eLearning platform allows you to quickly and confidently learn the fundamentals of firearms, safety and self-defense. It’ll prepare you to become a Certified Instructor and teach the USCCA curriculum in your classroom.

Your USCCA eLearning Module Lessons:

  1. Developing A Personal & Home Protection Plan
  2. Self-Defense Firearms Basics
  3. Defensive Shooting Fundamentals
  4. The Legal Use of Force
  5. Violent Encounters And Their Aftermath
  6. Gear And Gadgets
  7. Basic And Advanced Skills
  8. Inside School Shootings: What We’ve Learned
  9. Emergency First Aid: Become Your Own First Responder

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USCCA Instructor Toolkit

Our Instructor Toolkit provides you with the unparalleled USCCA training materials and eliminates the time you’d require to create your own. It’s guaranteed to increase your students’ retention, enhance your professional reputation, and decrease out-of-pocket expenses.

What's Inside Your USCCA Instructor Toolkit:

  • 10 copies of Concealed Carry & Home Defense Fundamentals
  • 10 copies of Concealed Carry Magazine
  • Your classroom presentation PowerPoint on DVD
  • A professional, full-color poster to hang in your classroom
  • Your USCCA Instructor polo & range cap

As a Certified Instructor, you’ll be able to order more materials at any time at a discounted rate!

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Becoming a USCCA Instructor and gaining access to these materials has improved my classes and helped my business overall…

I use USCCA materials to teach concealed carry in Illinois for several reasons. The book follows the PowerPoint, the graphics and layout are quality and up to date; the material overall is much easier for students to follow and for the instructor to go through. Becoming a USCCA Instructor and gaining access to these materials has improved my classes and helped my business overall.

Kevin Moody, Illinois

USCCA & NRA Certified Instructor

There is no place I would rather be teaching than alongside the instructors and staff of the United States Concealed Carry Association!

As a former police officer of 10+ years and 13 years in the private sector conducting fraud investigations and most recently as a college professor in criminal justice, I have been exposed to and used a lot of different programs for firearms education. However, it wasn’t until I found the courses offered by the USCCA that I was able to offer my students the cutting-edge information needed to make them responsibly armed citizens. There is no place I would rather be teaching than alongside the instructors and staff of the United States Concealed Carry Association!

Steven M. Dyer, Maine

USCCA & NRA Certified Instructor

Michael Martin’s course materials are beyond excellent…

Having been a professional trainer in industry for over 35 years, I can say without hesitation, Michael Martin's course materials are beyond excellent. Taking what can be very dry technical topics and bringing them to life is a rare skill. His emphasis and insights in the unique discipline of civilian personal defense, quite different from military/police training, are what sets the USCCA program above the rest.

Dr. Don Shepherd, Illinois

USCCA & NRA Certified Instructor

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Meet The USCCA Training Team

Steve Fischer

Steve Fischer

Program Director

Steve Fischer started training in the Martial Arts about the same time that his father and grandfather started having him tag along with them to the range and on hunting trips. This early introduction to firearms and personal defense became a lifelong journey.

Steve served as a U.S. Army Infantry Soldier, Combat Lifesaver, Master Fitness Trainer, Drill Sergeant and also as an Instructor at the U.S. Army Drill Sergeant School. Steve had multiple temporary duty assignments to teach Troop Leading Procedures and Land Navigation to Plebes between semesters at The United States Military Academy at West Point. After competing for a number of years as a member of the 84th Div High Power Rifle Team, Steve proudly earned his Army Excellence in Competition Bronze Rifle Badge and a chance to spend time learning Small Arms Tactical Training at Ft. Benning Georgia so that he could serve as his units remedial marksmanship trainer.

Steve’s commitment to Martial Arts led him to compete in Taekwondo and Kickboxing and this evolved into a full time job as a Martial Arts Instructor. After 20+ years in which he trained hundreds of Black Belts many of which have opened their own schools under Steve’s guidance and tutelage, Steve decided to retire professionally as a Kukkiwon Certified 4th Degree Master Instructor and has since been recommended to skip test to 6th Degree in honor of his long term commitment to pass on knowledge as he still trains individuals and small groups.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Services degree and understands how to employ an interdisciplinary approach for assimilating theory, knowledge, skills and core competencies as applicable for working with service professionals such as instructors and trainers.

Steve is a USCCA Certified Concealed Carry Instructor and Training Counselor (#2646-262392), Utah BCI Certified Firearms Instructor (#I105895), a NRA Certified Instructor (#199364249), in Basic Pistol, Personal Protection Inside The Home, Personal Protection Outside The Home, and an NRA-Certified Range Safety Officer.

Michael Martin

Michael Martin

Author of Concealed Carry And
Home Defense Fundamentals

After a stint in the Army and a childhood growing up around firearms, Michael Martin’s interest in firearms began to turn from sporting to personal protection, after the birth of his first son Jack, in 2003. With that major event in his life, Michael began to see himself as his family’s first responder, and he made what became not only a life changing decision, but a career changing decision as well, as he applied for his Minnesota permit to carry a firearm.

Hungry for more education and eager to help other new parents accept responsibility for the protection of their families, Michael became a certified Minnesota firearms instructor. As he began that part time career, Michael grew frustrated with the lack of instructor and student materials available, so he began creating what would eventually become the USCCA Instructor Toolkit. Michael’s first book, Minnesota Permit to Carry a Firearm Fundamentals (now in its 5th edition), quickly became the de facto standard among Minnesota instructors, and his second book, Concealed Carry Fundamentals, was soon picked up by dozens of national training organizations including Gander Mountain, who selected the book as their standard textbook for Gander Mountain Academy. Soon after, Michael ended an 18-year career in technology to became a full time instructor and author, which included writing part time for Concealed Carry Magazine.

In September of 2012, Michael formalized his relationship with the USCCA as he took on the role of Vice President of Media, where his responsibilities included the relaunch of Concealed Carry Magazine. With the successful relaunch in January of 2013 and a new design team in place headed by Executive Editor Kevin Michalowski, Michael accepted a new challenge from Tim Schmidt to launch a brand new division at the USCCA, designed to provide materials, certification, and support to the nation’s thousands of concealed carry firearms instructors.

Today, Michael is the Chief Instructor for the USCCA, managing the development of the Instructor Toolkit, and leading the new USCCA certified instructor courses being held throughout the U.S. Today, with more than 150,000 copies of Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals in the hands of responsibly armed Americans, and more than 2,000 Toolkits in the hands of firearms instructors across the U.S., Michael has become one of the most recognized and trusted voices in the firearms training world.

In addition to his work at the USCCA, Michael also proudly serves as a Lieutenant with the Woodbury Minnesota fire department. Michael lives in Woodbury with his wonderful wife Sara, and two amazing young sons, Jack and Sam.

Beth Alcazar

Beth Alcazar

Training Counselor

Author of the “Pacifiers & Peacemakers” column and featured writer in Concealed Carry Magazine, Beth Alcazar has enjoyed more than 16 years in the shooting/outdoors industry, covering everything from writing, editing, public relations and marketing to teaching, training, and program development.

A chapter leader of The Well Armed Woman and competitive shooter with the inaugural TWAW Shooting Team, Beth holds degrees in language arts, education, and communication management, and uses her experience and enthusiasm to share safe and responsible firearms ownership and usage with others.

She is currently a NRA Chief Range Safety Officer and Certified Instructor for Basic Pistol, Personal Protection Inside the Home, Personal Protection Outside the Home, and Refuse To Be a Victim. She is also a Certified Pistol Instructor through Sig Sauer Academy and The Well Armed Woman and a USCCA-Certified Concealed Carry Instructor and Training Counselor.