Handgun Instructor Development/Certification

For over 30 years, F.A.S. Director Marty Hayes has been teaching basic and advanced handgun skills, both to private armed citizens, law enforcement and military personnel. Beginning in 2008, Mr. Hayes decided to start sharing the knowledge developed while teaching over 20,000 people how to shoot (or how to shoot better), in hopes of sharing what he has learned (and what has made him one of the premier instructors in the nation) with the next generation of instructors.

Prospective enrollees in this class should possess a firm understanding of defensive handgunning developed from prior training courses they have taken as students. The amount of training they have received should exceed 100 hours, although this requirement is not hard and fast. Students should also currently be teaching defensive handgunning skills to either law enforcement personnel through their agencies, or to armed citizens through a commercial school or at an established gun range.

Mr. Hayes has studied with most everyone in the business, including Massad Ayoob, the late Jim Cirillo, John Farnam, Clint Smith and Ken Hackathorn (to name just a few), and has synthesized what he feels are the best techniques from each of them into this week long program. But, more importantly, he also will share personal experience, lessons learned in teaching a huge volume of people, many of who never shot a gun before training with him.

Emphasis in this class is sharing teaching methods and techniques geared for skill levels range from introductory through intermediate. The program is specifically designed for police trainers to assist them in teaching their recruits and in-service personnel. Mr. Hayes has been a police firearms trainer for over 25 years, and has been certified by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission as a police firearms instructor (both handgun and rifle). He was a charter member of the Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association (where he has taught seminars to hundreds of other law enforcement firearms instructors) and has instructed for the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers, and the International Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor’s Association, along with teaching at the RangeMaster Tactical Conference. Over the years he earned instructor certifications from The Lethal Force Institute/Massad Ayoob Group, National Law Enforcement Training Center, National Rifle Association, H+K International, Defense Training Institute, Monadnock Training Council, TASER International and Defense Technology Corp. in a number of disciplines. He has also been acknowledged by more than one court as an expert in law enforcement firearms training issues.

Students who successfully complete the course will receive an "Instructor Development" certificate. Additionally, if the student passes both the written and skills test, they will instead receive an "Instructor Certification" certificate, indicating that The Firearms Academy of Seattle, Inc. deems them competent to teach defensive handgunning skills.

Prerequisites: Student must hold current instructor credentials and have completed a minimum of 100 hours of advanced handgun training through recognized shooting schools or training entities.


Equipment List:

  1. Semi-automatic pistol of caliber 9mm or larger with several magazines
  2. Double action revolver of .38 caliber or larger with several speed loaders or moon clips
  3. Rigid belt holsters for both semi-auto and revolver that allow for 1-handed holstering (no fanny packs, appendix holsters, shoulder holsters or soft, collapsible inside-the-pants holsters, please)
  4. Weak-side holster for semi-auto meeting same requirements as above
  5. 800 rounds of FMJ or JHP ammunition for semi-auto
  6. 200 rounds of FMJ or JHP ammunition for revolver
  7. Wrap around eye protection (including clear lenses for low light)
  8. Electronic hearing protection
  9. Brimmed cap
  10. Small, tactical flashlight
  11. Your lunch and beverages.


Event Date 09-21-2020 9:00 am
Event End Date 09-25-2020 5:00 pm
Capacity 5
Cut off date 09-18-2020 1:00 pm
Individual Price $825.00
Location Firearms Academy Range

Venue - Firearms Academy Range

Please note that this is a private range.  There is no public access, other than for scheduled classes / events.  Contact us for driving directions.