Gunsmithing degrees and certificates are offered at several online colleges, technical schools, and community colleges. Gunsmithing schools can take several different approaches to training our future gunsmiths so comparing all of the gunsmithing schools side by side is essential. We compiled all of the online information along with requesting additional information from each gunsmithing school. Below is a summary of the data for each of the gunsmithing schools.
Gunsmithing Schools Compared
|Yavapai College (Click for more information)||Arizona||Associate of Applied Science
|Basic Gunsmithing $5,000
Associate & Advanced Gunsmithing $7,500
|Yes||Class & Labs||Long||opens January for fall enrollment|
|Wabash Valley College (Click for more information)||Illinois||Gunsmithing Certificate: Gunsmithing
Associate’s Degree: Gunsmithing
|Certificate = $8,128
Associates = $16,256
|Yes||Class & Labs||2 years (4 semesters) 63 credits||Opens April; ACT/COMPASS Test required|
|Colorado School of Trades (Click for more information)||Colorado||Associate Occupational Studies in Gunsmithing||$18,900||Yes – PELL Grant and Direct Lending Programs||Class & Labs||14 continuous months
1,800 class and lab hours
|Rolling; New class starts each month|
|Pennsylvania Gunsmith School (Click for more information)||Pennsylvania||Gunsmithing Certificate||$22,000||Yes – PELL Grant and Direct Lending Programs; Various veteran programs||Class & Labs||16 continuous months (4 semesters)||Rolling; New classes start every month except July and December|
|AGI Gunsmithing Institute (Click for more information)||Distance/DVD Based||Certificates: Gunsmithing I, Gunsmithing II, Master Gunsmithing||Gunsmthing I = $4,048, Gunsmthing II = $6,069, Master = $7079||Financing available||DVD||90 days (Self paced)||Rolling; No ACT/COMPASS test required|
|Penn Foster Career School (Click for more information)||Internet Based||Gunsmith Career Diploma||$667||Financing available||Internet||90 days (Self paced)||Rolling; No ACT/COMPASS test required|
|Modern Gun School (Click for more information)||Distance/Home Study||Certificates: Basic Gun Repair, Advanced Gun Repair||Basic = $1,442,
Advanced = $1,742
|Interest Free||Internet & home bench projects (4 for Basic & 7 for Advanced)||90 days (Self paced)||Rolling; No ACT/COMPASS test required|
|Sonoran Desert Institute (Click for more information)||Internet Based||Associate of Science in Firearms Technology
Certificates: Gunsmithing & Advanced Gunsmithing
|Associates = $10,200
Advanced Gunsmith = $5,270
Gunsmithing = $2,250
|Financing and veteran programs||Internet based||Associates = 2 years; certificated are self paced||Rolling; new classes each week|
|Ashworth College (Click for more information)||Distance/Home Study||Gunsmith Career Diploma||$709||Financing available||Text book and online exams||6 months (Self paced)||Rolling; No ACT/COMPASS test required|
Basic qualifications for Gunsmithing Schools
Students seeking a gunsmithing certificate or certification typically only need to be able to pass a background check, and be 18 years old. If it’s a hands on program with gunsmithing labs, you will also need to hold a gun license.
A student looking to receive a 2 year Associates degree will need to meet additional requirements:
- High School Diploma or GED
- ACT/Compass Test results
- Pass a background test
- Be 18 years old at the time of the first class
- Hold a gun license
Should you get a Federal Firearms License (FFL)?
If you don’t already have a FFL, don’t worry. Going through the federal firearms license application process while in gunsmith school is perfect timing as your counselors, professors, and fellow students can assist you navigate the very simple application process.
While having a Federal Firearms License is not critical for school, it is critical during your job hunt for a full-time gunsmithing job. Many employers will not high a gunsmith without a FFL and those that do hire unlicensed gunsmiths will likely offer a lower annual salary.
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