Private Security, Private Investigator, and Bail Bond Recovery Agent Firearms Certificate

As you may be aware, WSCJTC will be closed until April 13, 2020, due to COVID-19.  Staff will be working remotely during this time.  Unfortunately, the processing of certificates for the Firearms Certificate Program will be delayed until staff return to the office - approximately April 14, 2020.  We regret any inconvenience this may cause.  We are available by email at

**3/25/2020 – Electronic payments are now being accepted for Initial Firearms Certificate Applications. See ACH Electronic Payment Instructions under Forms for more details.

Welcome to the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Private Security, Private Investigator, and Bail Bond Recovery Agent Firearms Certificate Page.  You must have a Firearms Certificate in order to obtain an Armed License from the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL).  The WSCJTC is mandated to issue Firearms Certificates per RCW and WAC.

The Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission does not sponsor, provide training, or course material for the safety training that is necessary under I-1639 for an individual who is interested in the purchase of a semiautomatic assault rifle.

Any instructors associated with the WSCJTC who choose to provide this training are not sponsored or endorsed by the WSCJTC to provide any "Firearms Safety Training" as listed in I-1639 Section 3(a) and Section 6(vi) - or any sections pertaining to training for this initiative.

Obtaining a Firearms Certificate

 To obtain the firearms certificate, please follow these steps.

  1. Apply at the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) for your Armed License.
  2. Complete an 8-hour Firearms Certificate Training Class using one of our Private Security Certified Instructors (Last updated November 25, 2019).
  3. Complete the written test.
  4. Complete your firearm qualification for EACH firearm you carry while working (including long arms, if applicable).

Your agency/company must send a complete application packet to WSCJTC for your Firearms Certificate with the $100 fee. WSCJTC only accepts check or money order for payment. Written tests and firearm qualifications are good for only 6 months.

Once your application is processed your company will receive your Firearms Certificate by email. The DOL accesses our Firearms Certificates database and they will check that database before issuing the armed license.

Termination, Resignation and Transfers

If you have an employee who is no longer working armed, has resigned, or has been terminated, please click here to report this information to us.

If an employee leaves your company and comes back within 30 days, submit the 721E form with the applicable firearm qualification.

When an employee transfers from one agency to another, the agency transfer paperwork is only valid if it is submitted within 30 days from leaving the prior company.

  • If over 30 days have passed, an Initial Firearms Certificate Application Packet will need to be submitted.


For additional information on the Firearms Certificate Program, please contact:

Rachelle Wright, Program Manager
(206) 835-7346  

Instructor Materials

 The following forms are to be used by instructors for Firearms Certificate Training.

If you have a complaint about an Firearms Certificate Instructor, please use this form:

Additional Resources

WSCJTC Firearms Certificate Study Guide (Last updated September 27, 2018)

Fully Commissioned Law Enforcement Officers that would like to apply for a Firearms Certificate, please click here

Overview of the eight hour and four hour certification training.   

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