School of Firearms Technology
Currently, Sonoran Desert Institute offers an Associate of Science in Firearms Technology degree program, an Advanced Gunsmithing Certificate, a Gunsmithing Certificate and an AR-15 Certified Armorer Course.
SDI's 31 semester-credit hour certificate course in Gunsmithing and 60 credit hour Associate of Science in Firearms Technology degree work hand-in-hand, and are the most complete training programs of their kind. No other school gives you the quantity and quality of professional Gunsmithing information and tools! These programs are perfect for students interested in a career in the firearms industry or for those who are interested in owning their own gunsmithing business. Our programs are self-paced and delivered via distance learning, which allows our students to maintain full time jobs, families, military service and more while working towards their degree or certificate.
Additionally, we offer a comprehensive, non-credit Gunsmithing Certificate, perfect for the hobbyist or student interested in a supplemental gunsmithing trade. This program takes the major topics of our Advanced Gunsmithing Certificate, offered in a quick, manageable and afordable format. Learn techniques you'll use on your own firearms or develop your hobby into a side business, all at your own pace.
Plus, SDI continues to place its students at the forefront of technology by offering a unique AR-15 Certified Armorer Course.
You can learn Gunsmithing at home, and at your own pace, without interrupting your current work schedule. Everything you need is included from step-by-step lesson instruction to top-quality Gunsmithing tools (see sidebar).
ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE IN FIREARMS TECHNOLOGY DEGREE
The Associate of Science in Firearms Technology degree, as our most advanced firearms program, provides the student with a thorough understanding of concepts and applications in the maintenance and care of firearms. This program has a strong focus on gunsmithing supported by basic general education courses. This is a four-semester program consisting of 60 semester credit hours of college-level study. There are 15 general education credits and 45 discipline credits.
This degree program provides a predominant focus on the core courses in Firearms Technology and is vocationally focused. The program is oriented towards preparing the student who wishes to directly enter the firearms workforce upon completion of the program.
For more info on the A.S. in Firearms Technology degree program, click HERE.
ADVANCED GUNSMITHING CERTIFICATE
Our new 31 credit Advanced Gunsmithing Certificate provides the student with a thorough understanding of concepts and applications in the maintenance and care of firearms. It prepares the student to repair, customize, and renovate guns for employment as well as for personal development. The student will learn analyzing, constructing, modifying, and assessing custom firearms, rifles, handguns, and shotguns; metal refinishing; ballistics; metal work; and engraving. The student will also gain insight on business principles that relate to gunsmithing.
For more info on the Advanced Gunsmithing Certificate program, click HERE.
The Gunsmithing Certificate provides the student with a thorough understanding of concepts and applications in the maintenance and care of firearms. This is a non-credit course, offering students who do not wish to continue on to complete an Associate of Science in Firearms Technology degree an affordable way to reap the benefits of many of the same topics covered in our Advanced Gunsmithing Certificate program. This program is not approved for use of military benefits.
For more info on the Gunsmithing Certificate, click HERE.
AR-15 CERTIFIED ARMORER COURSE
This 5-course presents a comprehensive overview of AR-15-style firearms, including history, development, and practical applications of AR-15-style firearms. Lessons include parts and functions, ammunition, trouble shooting, maintenance and repair. Also presented are sight options, considerations for building or buying your AR-15-style firearm, customizing the AR-15 with coatings and accessories, and a step-by-step lab for completing an 80% lower receiver. This program is not approved for use of military benefits.
For more information on the AR-15 Certified Armorer course, click HERE.
Veterans’ Benefit Forms:
Eligible veterans may obtain the appropriate forms here. If you have questions, please contact the SDI admissions Office, or download the SDI Veterans’ Bulletin.
*As determined by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education.