C. Training requirement
What kind of training is required to get a license?
In an application for a license, an individual must include proof of having received firearm training. The proof of training requirement may be met by any of the following:
A copy of a document, or an affidavit from an instructor or organization that conducted the course or program, that indicates that the individual completed any of the following (but see note below):
The hunter education program established by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) or a substantially similar program that is established by another state, country, or province and that is recognized by DNR.
• A firearms safety or training course that is conducted by a national or state organization that certifies firearms instructors.
• A firearms safety or training course that is available to the public and is offered by a law enforcement agency
• A firearms safety or training course that is taught by an instructor who is certified by a national or state organization that certifies firearms instructors or by an instructor certified by DOJ, and that is available to the public and offered by any of the following: a technical college, a college or university, a private or public institution or organization, or a firearms training school.
• A firearms safety or training course that is offered to law enforcement officers or to owners and employees of licensed private detective and security agencies.
• A firearms safety or training course that is conducted by a firearms instructor who is certified by a national or state organization that certifies firearms instructors or who is certified by DOJ.
Documentation that the individual completed military, law enforcement, or security training that gave the individual experience with firearms that is substantially equivalent to a course or program described above.
A current or expired license, or a photocopy of a current or expired license, that the individual holds or has held that indicates that the individual is licensed or has been licensed to carry a firearm in this state or in another state or in a county or
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municipality of this state or of another state unless the license has been revoked for cause.
Documentation of completion of small arms training while serving in the U.S. armed forces as demonstrated by an honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable conditions or a certificate of completion of basic training with a service record of successful completion of small arms training and certification.Wis. Stat. § 175.60(4)(a).
IMPORTANT NOTE: DOJ is currently in the rule-making process and is evaluating what information will be required on the certificate to substantiate proof of training. We will not have specifics until the rule-making process is complete.
Is it unlawful for firearms instructors to provide false information?
Yes. A firearms instructor who intentionally submits false documentation indicating that a person has met the CCW training requirements is guilty of a crime and may be prosecuted under Wis. Stat. § 946.32 (false swearing). Wis. Stat. § 175.60(17)(c).
Does a trainer have any legal liability or responsibility for the conduct of persons provided training?
Under the statute a person providing training in good faith is immune from liability arising from any act or omission related to the course if the course is one listed under the statute. Wis. Stat. § 175.60(21)(d); Wis. Stat. § 175.49(6).
However, there may be circumstances where such liability may exist and a discussion of such situations is beyond the scope of this brief legal summary.
Does DOJ certify instructors?
DOJ will only be certifying law enforcement officers as instructors. It will not be certifying civilian instructors.
Those persons certified by DOJ must also comply with the DOJ approved training program.
Does DOJ provide training for instructors or students?
No. While DOJ may certify instructors and develop a suggested curriculum, it will not directly provide training.
Does DOJ have a recommended firearms training course?
DOJ will develop a suggested concealed weapons training course to the extent possible under its statutory authority. The program is not required for programs not conducted by DOJ certified instructors.
Will an on-line training course satisfy the requirements to obtain a concealed carry permit?