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Building Your Firearms Course (Part 1)

September 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Are you a firearms trainer? Great! You probably know a lot about marksmanship. But how much do you know about instructional design?

Citizens Safety Academy is proud to present this three-part webinar series for firearms instructors who are looking to be more strategic and effective in how they design, build, and market their training courses. Register for one, two, or all three webinars to gain useful insight on the course building process from start to finish. Part 1 is a brief introduction to instructional design and adult learning theory.

BYFC Part 1:
Instructional Design for Firearms Trainers

  • Sunday, September 5, 2021
  • Starts at 7pm CT (8pm ET; 5pm PT) – Run time is 2 hours
  • $30 stand-alone (or included in the 3-part series for $75)

How do you create a firearms course? Do you assemble your favorite drills and run students through them? Do you cover all the topics you enjoyed most in your own training career? The answer is… it depends. Here’s what you CANNOT do: you can’t wing it. Instructional design is just that – every aspect is carefully, strategically, thoughtfully devised to meet specific, pre-determined goals for pre-determined markets. In this webinar, we’ll briefly discuss the ADDIE model, Bloom’s Taxonomy, the Kirkpatrick model, and how they all can help increase our teaching effectiveness.

BYFC Part 2:
Outlines, Lesson Plans, and Content Selection

  • Thursday, September 9, 2021
  • Starts at 7pm CT (8pm ET; 5pm PT) – Run time is 2 hours
  • $30 stand-alone (or included in the 3-part series for $75)

Now that you’ve identified your target market and general course goals, let’s build a skeleton and start putting meat on those bones. A cohesive course is more than a patchwork of unconnected modules. There must be realistic benchmarks, logical progression, and objective assessment. In this second lesson of our three-part webinar series, we’ll practice building the framework for a model firearms course; we’ll document that framework with a basic lesson plan; and we’ll discuss ways to identify which course material should be scraped and what should be emphasized.

BYFC Part 3:
Reaching Your Target Market

  • Sunday, September 12, 2021
  • Starts at 7pm CT (8pm ET; 5pm PT) – Run time is 2 hours
  • $30 stand-alone (or included in the 3-part series for $75)

If you build it, will they come? Many firearms trainers know the frustration of designing a brand-new course only to have no one sign up. But course enrollment depends on several factors — some of which might not be obvious. This last segment of our instructional design series will focus on how training courses are packaged, publicized, and presented. Are you attracting the right students? Are you inadvertently giving them reasons to hesitate? We communicate with potential students in countless ways, from course descriptions to registration processes to Google reviews. Are you sending the right message?

Thanks for your interest in our three-part webinar series, Building Your Firearms Course. Each webinar will be conducted using Zoom. To attend, all you’ll need is the webinar link and password, a reliable internet connection, and audio speakers. The day before each webinar, we will send an email to all registrants with the link and password to join the session. The video feed will be embedded on the webinar’s Eventbrite page as well.

Attendees’ cameras will be turned off by default. If you’d like to be able to ask questions aloud, please be sure you have a working microphone. Otherwise, you can type in your questions and interact via the chat room.

If you’re new to Zoom webinars, please see this demo video or visit the Zoom support page for quick and easy tutorials. While it’s not required, we do recommend installing the Zoom client on your device before the webinar begins.

Shout-Out to Apache Solutions!

Special thanks to Tim Kelly and the gang at Apache Solutions for hosting this webinar series! Don’t forget to check out Apache’s awesome line-up of training courses, follow Tim and the crew on social media, and pick up your very own Apache swag!

Thanks for your interest in our three-part webinar series on how to Build Your Own Firearms Course! To register for one, two, or all three webinars, please complete the registration form below. If you have any trouble with the embedded form, you can register directly on our Eventbrite page.


September 5
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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