NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course- 8 Hour Course


This course teaches the basic knowledge and skills for owning and operating a pistol safely.  It includes classroom and range time learning to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols.  Students learn NRA's rules for safe gun handling, pistol parts and operation, ammunition, shooting fundamentals, range rules, shooting from the bench rest position, and two standing positions, and cleaning the pistol. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, take a Basics of Pistol Shooting Student Examination, and receive course completion certificate.


Maryland Firearms Safety Course


This 4 hour course includes:

  • Handgun Safety Rules and Regulations

  • Parts of a Weapon

  • Fundamentals of Shooting

  • Discharging of One Live Round


Maryland Private Investigator, Handgun Carrying Permit, and Armed Security Professional Courses


These 16 hour courses include:

  • Maryland Gun Laws

  • Handgun Safety Rules and Regulations

  • Parts of a Weapon

  • Fundamentals of Shooting

  • Handgun Retention

  • Officer Survival

  • Armed Training Application

  • Range Practice

  • Live Range Qualification


DC Special Police Officer Armed Training


This 40 hour course includes:

  • Law & Regulations

  • General Duties & Responsibilities

  • Patrols, Access Control, Communication & Documentation

  • Emergency Procedures

  • Confrontation Management

  • Firearms Maintenance, Safety, & Handling

  • Firearms Safety Rules

  • Basic Marksmanship

  • Use of Force

  • Fundamentals of Shooting

  • Course of Fire

  • Dry Fire Practice

  • Live Range Qualification


Virginia Armed Training and Arrest Authority


Three courses are offered: Security Core Subjects (01E), Armed Security Officer Arrest Authority (05E), and Handgun Training (07E)


  • Security Officer Core Subjects


This course is an entry level curriculum for unarmed security officers, armed security officers/couriers, security canine handlers, and alarm respondents, and includes the following areas:  orientation to the Virginia Code and regulations relating to private security officers, code of ethics, general duties and responsibilities, signs of terrorism, security patrol, documentation, emergency procedures, confrontation management, and use of force. Successful completion of this course includes a written comprehensive examination.


  • Armed Security Officer Arrest Authority (05E)


This course is required for armed security officers only. It includes information on arrest powers, the Virginia court system, due process of law, civil liability, probable cause, classification of criminal offenses and arest authority, along with various policies and procedures that must be followed.


  • Handgun Training


This course instructs students on the proper care and maintenance of the firearm, use of firearm, firearm retention and storage, deadly force, range safety, principles of marksmanship, practical firearms handling and safety, judgemental shooting, and familiarization with low level light shooting. Successful completion of this course includes a written comprehensive examination and range qualification.


Range Practice


In addition to classroom instruction and dry fire classroom practices, EEISS offers live fire practice at the range prior to range qualification on an as needed basis. The practice includes course of fire for DC SPO, Homeland Security (ICE), Virginia and Maryland armed security officers/guards. Range practice includes a minimum  100 rounds. The EEISS instructor will inform the student of range dates and times.