(a) The instructor training course requirement for Corrections Specialized Instructor Training Firearms certification shall consist of at least 80 hours of instruction presented during a period of not more than two consecutive weeks. If the Governor declares a State of Emergency pursuant to G.S. 166A-19.3(19), the Director of the Criminal Justice Standards Division shall allow additional breaks in a specific course delivery when the Director determines that doing so is necessary based on consideration of the following factors:

(1) Whether instruction has begun in the course or whether course initiation may be postponed;

(2) The risk of harm to students that may be caused by continuation of the course;

(3) Whether those enrolled in the course have been or will likely be called to action to help address the State of Emergency;

(4) The specific need for the waiver; and

(5) The degree of benefit to the public in allowing a break in instruction.

Notice of waivers granted pursuant to the Section shall be posted on the CJETS website https://ncdoj.gov/law-enforcement-training/criminal-justice/. The waivers granted pursuant to this Section shall only apply to courses that began during the effective period of the State of Emergency.

(b) Each Corrections Specialized Instructor Training Firearms course shall be designed to provide the trainee with the skills and knowledge to perform the function of a corrections firearms instructor in the "Basic Training Correctional Officer" course, "Basic Training ‑ Probation/Parole Officer" course, and in-service training courses for correctional officers and probation/parole officers.

(c) Each Corrections Specialized Firearms Instructor Training course shall include the following topical areas:

(1) Course Overview;

(2) Legal Considerations for Firearm Instructors;

(3) Department of Public Safety, Division of Adult Correction Firearms Training Courses;

(4) Firearms Safety;

(5) Range Operations;

(6) Medical Emergencies on the Range;

(7) Handgun Operation, Use and Maintenance:

(A) Handgun Training Classroom and Range;

(B) Handgun Low/Limited Light Fire; and

(C) Handgun Care and Maintenance;

(8) Advanced Handgun Training Classroom and Range;

(9) Shotgun Operation, Use and Maintenance:

(A) Shotgun Training Classroom and Range;

(B) Shotgun Low/Limited Light Fire Range; and

(C) Shotgun Care and Maintenance;

(10) Special Techniques, Training Aids, and Methods:

(11) Situational Use of Firearms:

(A) The Shooting Decision;

(B) Situational Use of Firearms;

(C) Situational Exercises Day; and

(D) Situational Exercises Low/Limited Light; and

(12) Administrative Matters, Testing, and Evaluation.

(d) The Commission certified school that is certified to offer the "Corrections Specialized Instructor Training ‑ Firearms" course is the Office of Staff Development and Training of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.


History Note: Authority G.S. 17C-6;

Temporary Adoption Eff. January 1, 2001;

Eff. August 1, 2002;

Amended Eff. May 1, 2014; April 1, 2008; February 1, 2006; August 1, 2004;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. May 25, 2019;

Amended Eff. April 1, 2022.