Welcome to OCDO Austin. Lots of really good people here.
You have a very responsible approach to owning and carrying a handgun. I'm sure that some locals will chime in with recommendations for a good instructor soon - never too much training.
Consider attending local meet-n' greets - face time with ol' hands is invaluable.
Spend some time perusing the Washington sub-forum and absorb all that you can. Washington allows you to OC (open carry), so you have the choice to OC or CC after you get your CPL.