Qualified Handgun Instructors are responsible for qualifying students for Handgun Qualification Licenses and Handgun Carry Permits. Instructors whose courses fail to meet minimum standards and who improperly certify applicants shall have their Qualified Handgun Instructor status revoked.
A Qualified Handgun Instructor is defined as:
Certified Qualified Handgun Instructor (QHIC)- Is a person whom the Maryland State Police has confirmed as being certified by either the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions or a nationally recognized firearms organization as a firearm instructor. A Certified Qualified Handgun Instructor may instruct Handgun Qualification License applicants and Handgun Wear and Carry Permit applicants.
Licensed Qualified Handgun Instructor (QHIL)- Is a person license by the Maryland State Police as a firearm instructor who may instruct Handgun Qualification License applicants and Handgun Wear and Carry Permit applicants.
A list of Qualified Handgun Instructors is available online here.
Any individual who wishes to instruct and certify an applicant for either the following, must be a Qualified Handgun Instructor:
To apply for Qualified Handgun Instructors registration or certification submit an application through MyLicense (Here)
1. Log into their HQL Account;
2. Click on Renew License located on the left hand side of the screen;
3. Click on the word “Continue”;
4. Complete the application along with attaching the document; and
5. Submit the renewal.
A Qualified Handgun Instructor License should be completed online through MyLicense and submitted. The application should include:
A Qualified Handgun Instructor Certificate should be completed online through MyLicense and submitted. The application should include:
In regards to the Hangun Qualification License, after an applicant has completed the 4 hour course, instructors will log into their account and verify each applicant that they have instructed. In regards to the Wear and Carry Permit, after an applicant has completed either the 16 hour initial course or the 8 hour renewal course, instructors will complete the Maryland State Police Certified Qualification Score Sheet.
The Qualified Handgun Instructor License is valid for 4 years from the date of issuance.
Instructors will be responsible for the specific course and will attest/certify that they instructed the minimum criteria required in SB281.
A pdf copy of the shooting course can be found in the documents section below entitled " Live Fire Courses".
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