There are two DSIT development courses. The Handgun Instructor course is a 5-day, 40-hour course and the Rifle Instructor** course is a 3-day, 24-hour course. Both instructor development and certification courses are designed to provide certified law enforcement instructors and officers with the necessary skills, training and knowledge required to correctly implement and teach the D.R.A.W. School curriculum. These courses thoroughly cover the five training segments of the D.R.A.W. School program with classroom instruction, extensive practical application and live-fire training drills. Instructor candidates work through 15 head-to-head drills to refine skill sets under pressure and stress. At the completion of each course, instructor candidates are required to pass a live-fire firearms qualification course, present a class presentation covering one of the aspects of the D.R.A.W. curriculum and take a written test.
*Certain documentation is required to be submitted with applications to ensure all applicants meet requirements.
**Rifle Instructor candidates must first complete the Handgun Instructor course. To streamline DSIT training and reduce costs for departments, many aspects learned in the Handgun Instructor course are not duplicated in the Rifle Instructor course. Both courses can be taken back-to-back where offered to satisfy this requirement.
“DSIT has been a blast! I have learned so much and retained more due to the D.R.A.W. method. This has definitely been the most challenging, yet satisfying, firearms course I have been a part of in my six years of military and seven years of law enforcement experience! ”
-Dep. J. Byrne, Baldwin Co. Sheriff's Office, Firearms Instructor
“DSIT opened my eyes to how outdated the training I received and continue to teach really is! I recognized how impractical many of the ‘traditional’ training techniques in law enforcement really are. ”
-Sr. DPO K. Chao, San Mateo (CA) Co. Probation Dept., Firearms Instructor
Once certified, instructor candidates are eligible to train law enforcement officers in their department and within their region. Certified instructors may also be eligible to travel and assist with teaching DSIT courses in various parts of the country. DSIT is not an “attend and pass” instructor development course. It requires instructor candidates to successfully pass each segment of academic work, accurately perform all practical and live-fire exercises, pass the final written exam and the firearms qualification course. Failure to successfully complete each area of instruction can disqualify an instructor candidate from the course. For DSIT dates and locations, click on Course Schedule. Once you select the course you would like to attend, a DSIT Application Packet will be emailed to you. The packet contains all the information about course, including cost, packing list, lodging information, eligibility requirements and more.
“My bottom line is that I walked in as a skeptic, but I walked out a believer. If you have an opportunity to train in the D.R.A.W School method, do what you have to do to make that happen! Having completed D.R.A.W. School, I feel like I’ve found the keys to the pistol-shooting kingdom. Of all the schools and training I have undertaken in the last 25 years, these five days of D.R.A.W. School have been the best and most productive of the lot. I think I am more proud and pleased with having completed this course than any other I have ever taken.”
-R. Bemis, Suprv. U.S. Probation Officer & Federal Firearms Instructor
To read Bemis' detailed review of the instructor course, click on Instructor Feedback.
D.R.A.W. School Instructor Training
The D.R.A.W. School Instructor Training (DSIT) courses are the most comprehensive firearms instructor development courses available in law enforcement today. Time and again, law enforcement instructors from across the country who have attended DSIT comment on how much more they learned, actually practiced and mastered when compared to other well-known instructor schools they have attended. They praise the "no nonsense" instruction as being far above anything they have learned on the state or federal level, in the military or from national and private training organizations. This is because DSIT is not a "traditional" instructor development course. It is not a "monkey see, monkey do" course, as one instructor put it. Rather, it is a hybrid instructional methodology where instructors are able to understand how and why the body functions in certain ways, why this has an impact on every officer they train (male or female), and how to increase performance levels with incredible speed, accuracy and focus in less time.
DSIT exposes many of the myths often taught in traditional firearms training and instructor schools and why such practices should be avoided. Along with better instruction, instructors identify how and why they can improve, and then master the practical skill sets needed to effectively train and mentor other officers. DSIT does not get caught up in the latest "cool" fads of firearms training, which are often here today and gone tomorrow. Rather, the D.R.A.W. School curriculum was developed and based on proven science on how to train the brain and body to rapidly execute physical and mental functions in high-stress situations that can be performed by any officer. Because DSIT provides a proven, higher level of instruction and training, it has become the premier law enforcement instructor training course in the country.
There are strict eligibility requirements to attend DSIT.* The following individuals may submit applications: