Minimum Educational Requirements
The Attorney General does not endorse any particular form of training
or instructor. However, a list of instructors certified by the Ohio Peace
Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) who wish to teach classes to
the general public is available on the Attorney General’s website at www.
OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov. County sheriffs also may have a list of
certified instructors who have provided contact information to the sheriff.
The law sets out minimum educational requirements that are a component
of the various forms of competency certification as set forth on page 2.
The total time required for training is 12 hours: 10 hours of instruction and
another two hours of experience shooting a handgun.
The law requires at least 10 hours of certified training in the following
• The ability to name, explain, and demonstrate the rules for safe
handling of a handgun and proper storage practices for handguns
• The ability to demonstrate and explain how to handle ammunition
in a safe manner;
• The ability to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitude
necessary to shoot a handgun in a safe manner;
• Gun-handling training.
Additionally, you must have two hours of practical training, including
range time and live-fire experience. The applicant also must complete an
examination that tests his competency. The test must include a written
the ability to name and explain the rules for the safe5
handling of a handgun and proper storage practices for handguns and
ammunition. Additionally, the exam must include a physical demonstration
of competency on handgun usage and rules for safe handling and storage
of a handgun. It also must require a physical demonstration of the attitude
necessary to shoot a handgun in a safe manner