Firearms Certifier

Pursuant to 2017 Wisconsin Act 278, beginning August 1, 2018, prior to submitting an application for a credential, an individual may apply to the Department for a determination of whether the individual would be disqualified from obtaining the credential due to his or her conviction record.  To apply for a predetermination, please fill out Form #3085 and submit all required documentation specified on the form.        

License Information

Fee Reduction

Pursuant to 2017 Wisconsin Act 319, beginning August 1, 2018, an applicant for an initial credential may apply for a reduction of the initial credential fee that is equal to 10% of the initial fee.  Qualification is based on the federal adjusted gross income being at or below 180% of the federal poverty guideline prescribed for the applicant's family household size by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. To determine eligibility please visit the United States Department of Health and Human Services website at https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines, prior to submitting Form 3217.

Per Wisconsin State Statutes 440.08 (2), the required renewal date for the Firearms Certifier credential is 12/31/even years.  Should you receive your initial credential in the months leading up to this date, you are still required to renew your license by the statutorily defined date.


Firearms Certifier Instructor Course Approval Application

Per Wis. Admin. Code § SPS 34.04, Wisconsin Technical College System schools and other U.S. Department of Education approved institutions may provide training to individuals seeking approval to be firearm certifiers. Schools need to submit an application for that course to the Department for approval before offering the course.

FormDescription
3034Firearms Certifier Instructor Course Approval Form
FCIACFirearms Certifier Instructor Approved Courses

Application for Licensure (Including for a License Expired Five Years or More)

FormDescription
1912Application for Approval of Firearms Proficiency Certifier
​3217​Application for Fee Reduction (This form must accompany the application for the credential)
2687Authorization for Release of FBI Information
​3085​Application for Predetermination
2252​Convictions and Pending Charges
3071​Fax Payment Form

Renewal Information

Requirements

  • FEE (See Renewal Dates and Fees)
  • SIG (Signature regarding previous arrests/convictions and pending charges, and also *Method of Certfier Proficiency.  Proof of method is required.)
  • CIB (Criminal Background Check to be run by Department)
  • If your legal status as a qualified alien or nonimmigrant lawfully present in the United States has changed since the issuance of your credential or your last renewal, please contact the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services at (608) 266-2112 or dsps@wisconsin.gov.

Renewal Methods

  • Online Log In: License Renewal Online
  • Request a Paper Renewal Form: (888) 506‑4239 or (608) 261‑4460 for the Madison area

*Method of Certifier Proficiency  

Firearms Proficiency Certifier approvals expire on December 31 of each even-numbered year, per Wisconsin Administrative Code SPS 34.04(7).  Below are the acceptable methods by which a Firearms Proficiency Certifier may renew their license.  Please note that proof of method must be included with renewal paperwork.

  • Method 1:  Credential holder is approved as a firearms instructor by the Training and Standards Bureau in the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
  • Method 2:  Credential holder holds a currently valid instructor's certificate in the police firearms instructor's program or security firearms instructor's program issued by the National Rifle Association.
  • Method 3:  At any time on or after January 1, 1995, the credential holder was approved as a firearms instructor by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board or certified as a law enforcement firearms instructor, or a substantially equivalent designation, by the National Rifle Association and has completed a six-hour firearms instructor refresher course within 12 months before application for approval or re-approval by the Department. The refresher course was presented by a regional training school approved by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board or by a staff instructor in the Law Enforcement Activities Division of the National Rifle Association.
  • Method 4:  Credential holder holds current certification or approval as a firearms instructor from a school in the Wisconsin technical college system, that certifies or approves firearms instructors in a manner which the department determines achieves equivalency to methods one through three listed above.
  • Method 5:  Credential holder holds current certification or approval as a firearms instructor from an institution approved by the U.S. department of education, that certifies or approves firearms instructors in a manner which the department determines achieves equivalency to methods one through three listed above.

FormDescription
RDAFRenewal Dates and Fees
​R210​Active Duty/Discharge Renewal Extension

Wisconsin Act 210 (effective June 1, 2012)

This Act extends the license of a service member if the license expires while they are on active duty from 90 days to 180 days from the date of discharge. The same applies to a spouse of a service member if the spouse does not practice under their license while the service member is on active duty and does not practice because the service member is on active duty.

This Act repeals a provision of prior law that required a service member to meet all of the requirements for license extension or renewal, except for continuing education requirements, in order to have the license extended.

Service members and spouses may request extensions of licenses beyond 180 days from discharge and may request a waiver or extension of time to complete continuing education requirements due to hardship.  Please view Active Duty/Discharge Renewal Extension Form #R210.