Theatrical Firearms Safety Instructor Course

Schedule and Location

Crowne Plaza Chicago Ohare Hotel & Conference Center
5440 N River Rd, Rosemont, Illinois 60018


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Members of the SAFD can apply to become Theatrical Firearms Safety Instructors. SAFD Firearms Safety Instructors MAY NOT be:

  • Convicted of or under indictment for a felony, a fugitive, adjudicated as a mental defective or who has been committed to any mental institution, addicted to or an unlawful user of marijuana or a stimulant, depressant, or narcotic drug or an alien illegally or unlawfully in the United States.
To apply to be a Theatrical Firearms Safety Instructor must meet all of the following requirements:
  • Be a SAFD member in good standing and hold the rank of CT, FD or FM.
  • A member of the SAFD who is not a CT, FD or FM may petition for the right to apply to become a Theatrical Firearms Safety Instructor and should contact the Theatrical Firearms Safety Task Force for guidelines to do so.
  • Document significant skills in the safe use of theatrical firearms. This will be represented by a firearms specific professional resume, critical reviews of work with firearms for film and stage, etc. Applicants resume will be reviewed by the Theatrical Firearms Safety Task Force.
  • In addition to experience staging gunplay for theatre and film, the applicant must also document training with practical firearms by a nationally recognized institution. This experience can include military gun experience, police weapons training, National Rifle Association basic pistol certification, etc.
  • Within three years of application, has participated, as a student or Teaching Assistant, in a complete Theatrical Firearms Safety Course, including taking the SAFD written test and paying the $35 test fee.
  • Complete the one-day (7 hour) Theatrical Firearms Safety Instructor course. This course can be completed at the conclusion of the Theatrical Firearms Safety Course or at a later date.

The Theatrical Firearms Safety Course can only be taught by an SAFD Theatrical Firearms Safety Master Instructor.

The course shall consist of two parts:

  • Part one will cover discussion on course pedagogy, classroom organization and terminology. It will also cover the required curriculum for the class, the written test in detail, the SAFD firearms specific glossary of terms and outline the minimum equipment required to teach the course.
  • Part two will consist of the candidate demonstrating knowledge of theatrical firearms by teaching a portion of the course, selected by the TFS Master Instructor, to other candidates or volunteer students provided by the candidate.

The cost for this one-day course is $350 per candidate.

Upon conclusion of this course, the TFS Master Instructor will award the candidate with a pass or no pass and will provide the candidate and the TFS Task Force with a written assessment of the candidate’s teaching ability with Theatrical Firearms. In the event a no pass is awarded, the TFS master Instructor will outline the specific areas that are needed to retest.

Applicants that meet the above requirements should send their materials electronically to the Theatrical Firearms Safety Task Force (

The TFS Task Force shall consist of (1) SAFD Fight Master, (1) SAFD Fight Director and (1) SAFD Certified Teacher. Members are appointed by the SAFD President and must be Theatrical Firearms Safety Instructors.

A response should be expected within 45 days.

As part of the application review, candidates will be submitted for and must pass a background check. The TFS Task Force will review materials and provide results to the SAFD Governing Body and the applicant. Results are a pass or no pass. If a no pass is awarded, the applicant will receive a written evaluation from the task force outlining areas that need to be improved.

Upon approval, the application fee to become a Theatrical Firearms Safety Instructor is $50 and can be paid to the SAFD when the applicant receives approval from the TFS task Force. Theatrical Firearms Safety Instructor status is good for three years.

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Any student that attends an intensive as well as WWW will receive a $100 discount on WWW.