January 14, 2017

Education and Training

State Certified Hunter Safety Classes

Washington state requires all hunters born after 1971 to take and pass a Hunter Education class before they can get a hunting license. Many states also require the completion of a Hunter Education class before they will issue an “out-of-state” hunting license to any non-resident. Hunter. Our Hunter Education certification requirements are accepted by reciprocal agreements in all states.

Both 4-day Traditional Hunter Education classes or a 1 day Online Field Evaluation class are held throughout the year. Our Traditional classes are four days long; usually a Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evening from 6:30pm to 9:00pm and a Saturday morning from 8:00am to 12 noon. The Field Evaluation class is held on Saturday from 8:00am to 12 noon. Classes are limited to 25 students and tend to fill rapidly. By state policy, parents are required to accompany pre-teens to the classes.

More information on Hunter Education, on-line registrations, and the entire schedule for the year for all classes in the state can be found at the State Wildlife Department’s web site. For the Kenmore Range (WCW) classes, we charge a registration fee of $10.00 per student, payable upon attendance. All registration is done online at the Washington Fish & Wildlife Department we site: wdfw.wa.gov. Please visit the web site for registration and class date information.

NRA Certified Safety Classes

We offer a variety of NRA certified classes, and offer the opportunity to become an NRA certified instructor. Please consult the current web site calendar pages to see the scheduled dates of upcoming classes or call the Range Office for more information.

Home Firearm Safety

Beginning Shotgun

Muzzleloading Rifle

Basic Rifle

Basic Pistol

NRA Instructor Training

Range Safety Officer

Home Firearm Safety
A four-hour class in basic firearm safety. There is no live-firing in this class. Upon successful completion of this non-shooting class the student will know:

The 3 Rules of Gun Safety

How to Recognize and Safely UNLOAD the 8 Basic Firearms Types (Actions)

How to Clean a Firearm

How to Store Firearms and Ammunition Safely
Classes are conducted on the third Saturday of each month from 9:30am to about 1:30pm in the Chalet classroom.

Cost: $15 per adult. Each adult may bring up to 2 children (age 12 or under) at no additional charge. Only one certificate of completion will be awarded to each paying client.

This class is suitable for the entire family. Children under the age of 8 years old may not be able to physically complete all the requirements of the class. However, we have had children as young as 6 years of age complete it successfully.

Required Materials: Pen or pencil and a notepad.

Sign-up at the Range Office and pay the fee prior to class. Class reservations may be made by telephone (425) 481-8686, but must be followed up with a check for the fee before the scheduled class.

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NRA First Steps Beginning Shotgun
A 5 to 5½ hour class in shotgun-specific safety and shooting skills. Approximately ½ of the class consists of live-firing on the range. Intended for the first-time shooter.

  • The 3 Rules of Gun Safety
  • The Nomenclature and Parts of Shotguns
  • Shotgun Shooting Fundamentals
  • Cleaning and Safe Storage of Shotguns
  • Recreational Opportunities Available

Classes are conducted on the first Saturday of each month from 9:30am to about 3:00pm in the Chalet classroom.

Cost: $35 per student. The class fee includes 2 rounds of Trap Shooting at a time of your choosing after the class – the equivalent of a $11.00 rebate.

Students under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by their parent.

Required Materials: Shotgun, 50 rounds of ammunition (light trap loads only), eye and hearing protection, and a bag lunch and drinks (all can be purchased at the range).

Pre-register at the Shotgun Range Office and pay the fee prior to the class. Class reservations may be made by telephone (425)481-8685, but must be followed up with the payment of fees prior to the class. Class is limited to the first 8 students.

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NRA-NMLRA Basic Muzzleloading Rifle Shooting Course
A fourteen-hour class in basic muzzleloading rifle safety and marksmanship. Approximately 1/3 of the class consists of live-firing on the range. Firing will be done with flintlocks, side lock percussion rifles and in-line percussion rifles.

Upon successful completion of the class the student will know:

  • The 3 Rules of Gun Safety
  • The Nomenclature and Parts of Rifles
  • Black powder Safety and Loading of the Muzzleloading Rifle
  • Firing the Muzzleloading Rifle from the Bench rest Position
  • Shooting from the Standing Position
  • Shooting from the Crossed-Stick Position
  • Cleaning and Safe Storage of Muzzleloading Rifles
  • Recreational Opportunities Available

Check out the calendar for upcoming dates.

Classes are conducted from 9:30am to about 4:30pm each day in “The Chalet” and on the members-only rifle range.

Cost: $60.00 per student. Course fee includes all necessary equipment and materials such as firearms, ammunition, eye and ear protection, targets, educational materials, etc.

Students under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by their parent.

Required Materials: A bagged lunch each day – or you may opt to visit any of the many fast food restaurants in the area. You may bring your own black powder rifle(s) if you wish. Please wear long sleeve shirts and clothing made of natural fabrics. NO SYNTHETICS!

Advance registration is required. To register please contact the Rangemaster at (425) 481-8686.

Questions or concerns? Contact Richard Ripley, 206.271-0670.

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NRA Basic Rifle
A fourteen-hour class in basic rifle safety and marksmanship. Approximately 1/2 of the class consists of live-firing on the range. Firing will be done with .22LR rifles.

Upon successful completion of the class the student will know:

  • The 3 Rules of Gun Safety
  • The Nomenclature and Parts of Rifles
  • Rifle Shooting Fundamentals
  • Cleaning and Safe Storage of Rifles
  • Recreational Opportunities Available

This two-day class is conducted on the fourth Saturday and Sunday of each month from 9:30am to about 4:30pm each day in “The Chalet” and on the range.

Cost: $75.00 per student. Course fee includes use of firearms, ammunition, eye and ear protection.

Students under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by their parent.

Required Materials: a bagged lunch each day.

Advance registration is required. To register please contact the Rangemaster at (425) 481-8686.

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NRA Basic Pistol

This course is conducted in two phases.

Phase 1 is only available on line and is a self-paced consisting of 11 lessons and concludes with an exam. It takes about 8 hours to complete the Phase 1 training.  Students can complete the training over several days as their personal schedule permits though once enrolled the course must be completed in 90 days.

Phase 1 training costs $60.  Enrollment and payment is done through the NRA Learning Management System (LMS) at this link – https://onlinetraining.nra.org

Students must complete Phase 1, before they are permitted to attend Phase 2.  Phase 2 is the instructor-led training portion of the course. During Phase 2, NRA Certified Instructors validate comprehension and application of gun safety rules, range protocol, proper handling, loading and unloading procedures, application of pistol shooting fundamentals and stable shooting positions.  Students will live fire and shoot a final qualification.

Phase 2 is conducted the second Saturday of each month starting at 9 AM and ends by 5 PM.  The cost for Phase 2 is $75 per student and is non-refundable.  The course fee included use of firearms, ammunition, eye and ear protection.  Credit cards are accepted.  The class is limited to 10 students.

Students under the age of 21 MUST be accompanied by a legal guardian through the entirety of Phase 2 training.

Required Materials: A printed copy of your Phase 1 Completion Certificate

Advance registration and payment is required. To register and remit payment for Phase 2, please contact the Range Master at (425) 481-8686

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NRA Instructor Training/Certification

Home Firearm Safety Certified Instructor
Basic Rifle Certified Instructor
Basic Pistol Certified Instructor
Basic Shotgun Certified Instructor

These instructor training classes are given periodically. If you have a desire to become a certified instructor for these NRA classes, check the newsletter calendar or call the Range Office for the dates of the upcoming classes. We always need more instructors, as do the other teaching clubs. These classes are free to WCW members who commit to instructing our classes and to active participation in club affairs.

Visit the news section to see upcoming classes

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Range Safety Officer (RSO) Certification Course
Prerequisite – Candidates must be 21 years old or older.
The Range Safety Officer class is a 10-hour class and touches on all aspects of range and firearm safety and the supervision of multiple shooters. This certification is an absolute necessity to reduce legal exposure for those club ranges that use volunteer member supervision.

Upon successful completion of the class the student will know:

  • The Role of the Range Safety Officer and Range Standard Operating Procedures Elements of Range Inspection and Development of Range Rules
  • How to Develop and Conduct Range Safety Briefings
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Firearm Stoppages and Malfunctions – Identification and Corrections

Check out the calendar for upcoming dates.
Other class dates may be scheduled by special arrangement – contact Richard Ripley at
206.271-0670

Classes are conducted from 8:00am to about 6:00pm each day in “The Chalet” and includes visiting a live range.

Cost: $90.00 per student. Course fee includes all materials and NRA certification fees.

Required Materials: A bagged lunch – or you may opt to visit any of the many fast food restaurants in the area. You are encouraged to bring and demonstrate one or two “unique” firearms (you MUST be familiar with the operation of the firearm) which others may not have previously seen. You may also bring a copy of your home club’s “standard operation procedures” manual (SOP) for comparison and discussion.

Advance registration is required. To register please contact the Rangemaster at (425) 481-8686.

Questions or concerns? Contact Richard Ripley, 206.271-0670.

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Range Safety Officer / Chief Range Safety Officer Certification Courses

We periodically offer the NRA Range Safety Officer class to certify range and match personnel on the safe supervision of shooting range operations.

Range Safety Officer (RSO) Certification Course

Prerequisite – Candidates must be 21 years old AND an NRA Certified Range Safety Officer prior to attending the Chief Range Safety Officer Training.
A two-day course consisting of two parts:
Part One: Basic Instructor Training – BIT (7 hours)
(NOTE: NRA Certified Instructors do not need to re-take BIT, but must re-take the Trainer’s
Exam if they have not taken it within the last 12 months.)
Part Two: Chief Range Safety Officer Training (9 hours)

NOTE: Chief Range Safety Officers, in addition to all the rights and responsibilities of Range Safety Officers, are also qualified and certified to TEACH other candidates to become NRA Certified Range Safety Officers. As such, this requires the CRSO candidate to become an NRA Certified Instructor and requires additional training.
CRSO candidates who are currently-certified NRA Instructors are not required to attend Part One: Basic Instructor Training, but may be required to re-take the Trainer’s Exam if they have not taken it in the previous 12 months.

Upon successful completion of the class the candidate will know:

The Role of the Chief Range Safety Officer and Standard Operating Procedures
How to teach the Range Safety Officer Class According to the Policies, Procedures and Lesson Plans of the NRA
Check out the calendar for upcoming dates.

Other class dates may be scheduled by special arrangement – contact Richard Ripley, 206.271-0670.
Classes are conducted from 9:30am to about 6:00pm each day in “The Chalet” and includes visiting a live range.

Cost: $125.00 per student. Course fee includes all materials and NRA certification fees.
Students are restricted to those 21 years old or older.

Required Materials: A bagged lunch – or you may opt to visit any of the many fast food restaurants in the area. You are encouraged to bring and demonstrate one or two “unique” firearms (you MUST be familiar with the operation of the firearm) which others may not have previously seen. You may also bring a copy of your home club’s “standard operation procedures” manual (SOP) for comparison and discussion.

Advance registration is required. To register please contact the Rangemaster at (425) 481-8686.
Questions or concerns? Contact Richard Ripley, 206.271-0670.

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