I can speak to general CCW/CHP courses. Yes, you should bring pen and paper and take notes as you see fit. You can expect some type of quiz or test before they will sign off on you. I highly recommend you to take the entire class using your primary firearm and forego any rentals. You might as well get the training while using your carry piece, it will be well worth the extra money spent. I will let the MI folks answer the MI specific questions. Good luck!