Becoming a Carry Concealed Weapon Program DOJ Certified Instructor and Maintaining Current Certification

California law generally requires a person who desires to carry a concealed weapon in public to obtain a carry concealed weapon (CCW) license. This license may be issued by a sheriff of a county, the police chief or other head of a municipal police department of any county or city, or one of the two if there is an agreement between the relevant authorities (Pen. Code, §§ 26150, 26155, 26170.). CCW license applicants are required to complete a course of training before obtaining a new or renewed license. The minimum requirements for the course of training are described in Penal Code section 26165. Except for the component on mental health and mental health resources, the course must be taught and supervised by firearms instructors certified by California DOJ (Pen. Code, § 26165, subd. (a)(4).). 

Effective January 1, 2024, all CCW Program DOJ Certified Instructor applicants are required to have a valid Certificate of Eligibility (COE) and must obtain a COE prior to applying to become a CCW Program DOJ Certified Instructor(Cal. Code Regs., tit. 11, § 4410, subd. (a).).

The COE instructions and application are available at Certificate of Eligibility. Please note that COEs must be renewed annually.

Once you have obtained your COE number from the Bureau of Firearms, you can apply to become a CCW Program DOJ Certified Instructor by completing a CCW Program DOJ Certified Instructor application (form BOF 1034) available at

Frequently Asked Questions

CCW Program DOJ Certified Instructor applicants must be at least 21 years old and must have a Certificate of Eligibility as proof of being able to lawfully possess firearms in California.

CCW Program DOJ Certified Instructor applicants must also submit a copy of their training certification from one of the following:

  1. Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, Department of Consumer Affairs, State of California-Firearm Training Instructor
  2. Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), State of California-Firearms Instructor or Rangemaster
  3. Authorization from a State of California accredited school to teach a firearm training course

Lastly, within six months before submitting their application, initial and renewal applicants must pass a live-fire shooting qualification course on a firing range.

(Cal. Code Regs., tit. 11, § 4410, subds. (a)–(d).)