OPOTC Firearms Academy


The Program

The OPOTC certified Firearms Academy will be held on June 10, 8AM to 5PM, June 17 8AM to 6PM and June 24 8AM to 5PM at the Fort Harmar Rifle Club. Successful completion of this 25 hour course that includes semi auto pistol and shotgun training will result in a certificate from the Ohio Attorney General's Office as well as a letter stating CCW requirements have been met. The great majority of the time is spent on the range with a little classroom time.

Many of the students who completed this training spoke very highly of it and felt it was well worth the cost. Some of their testimonials appeared in recent media coverage. Class size is limited and is filled on a first come, first served basis.

The academy's 25 hours of state mandated training will be held to meet demand.

  • Times to be announced.

Training will include the handling and use of the following weapons:

  • Semi automatic pistol
  • Revolver
  • Shotgun

This program is primarily intended for graduates of our Private Security Academy but is available to eligible members of the public as space allows.

Requirements for admittance into our Firearms Academy are:

  1. Must be 18 years of age or older

  2. Complete Washington State application process

  3. Complete OPOTC's application process

  4. Attend the mandatory orientation/ information session held before each session

  5. In order to receive state certification upon successfully completing the training, you must submit to and pass a background check with the OH Department of Public Safety


As of 07/01/2014, this is a 1 semester hour credit course which is currently $139 for in state students, $278 for out of state students. There is a student fee in addition to the tuition of $260. These prices are subject to change. Those interested need to register for college classes at Washington State (online or in person), then see John Burdette to register for the course. Financial aid is available for eligible, degree-seeking students to cover these costs.

Student Responsibilities

Attendance and participation throughout the Academy is demanding and mandatory. Students must provide their own ammunition (400 rounds for semi auto pistol, 300 rounds for revolver, 50 rounds of 00-buck for shotgun), eye and ear protection, ball caps and holsters for both the semi- auto pistol and revolver. Those bringing their own weapons may use any calibre handgun and any gauge shotgun they may have access to. We have Glock .40 cal, Smith & Wesson .38 handguns and Remington 12 ga. shotguns available for a daily rental fee. Appropriate outerwear for training at the outdoor range is necessary.  All students are required to attend an orientation session.

Contact to learn more:

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John Burdette, Director
Center for Public Safety Training
740-374-8716 Extension 1540
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  • Washington State Community College
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