Gunsmithing Schools

top gunsmthing schoolsGunsmithing 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

School Name Location Degree/
Cost Financing/
Financial aid
Education Style Length Admissions
Yavapai College (Click for more information) Arizona Associate of Applied Science
Certificates: Gunsmithing/
Advanced Gunsmithing
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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