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SDI offers three online programs that provide students with a hands-on education in the firearms and unmanned technology industries. 

Associate of Science in Firearms Technology

The Associate of Science in Firearms Technology degree program offers SDI students the opportunity to gain a complete understanding of firearms technology and how to navigate the unique and exciting firearms industry without having to travel or relocate. This 60-semester-hour program is the most comprehensive of SDI’s programs, and is one of only a handful of firearms-specific degree programs in the nation.

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Certificate in Firearms Technology – Gunsmithing

For students looking to hone their gunsmithing skills, learn the techniques needed to operate a gunsmithing business, gain a valuable credential or expand their hobby into a career, SDI’s Certificate in Firearms Technology – Gunsmithing program is a great fit. In this 32-credit program, you’ll learn gunsmithing techniques and practices, shooting sports management, and more—you’ll also complete a build of your choice.

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Certificate in Firearms Technology – Handgun Specialist

The Certificate in Firearms Technology – Handgun Specialist is a comprehensive exploration into pistols and revolvers. Concepts studied include the mechanism and cycle of operations, assembly and disassembly techniques, diagnostic and troubleshooting strategies, and methods to improve the functionality and aesthetics of handguns. This is a 16-credit hour program and consists of one accelerated, discipline-specific semester.

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Certificate in Unmanned Technology – Aerial Systems

The Certificate in Unmanned Technology – Aerial Systems program provides students with a solid foundation of historical, technical, and operational knowledge about unmanned aircraft systems. Students learn how unmanned aircraft systems are used by commercial businesses to make their operations more efficient, cost effective, and safer.

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Application Process

Step 1: Submit your SDI Enrollment Agreement

Step 2: Submit a front and back copy of your valid government ID

Step 3: Submit official copies of all previously attended college and military transcripts

Step 4: Work with SDI’s Financial Services for a smooth funding process

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How It Works

SDI is a distance learning institute, which means students enjoy the benefits of flexible online learning and access to experienced staff without having to travel or relocate. SDI provides the materials, instruction, and support to help you succeed.

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Tuition & Funding

SDI makes getting an education you’re passionate about easy and affordable. Some programs are approved for use of most VA and TA military benefits as well as Federal Student Aid, based on eligibility, and we work with each student to make sure that his or her enrollment process and funding plans go as smoothly as possible. We offer affordable, no-interest monthly payments so that all students achieve the education they desire with the funding plan that works for them.

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Military Students

We strive to provide the best possible service to our current and former service members as they pursue their educational goals.

SDI makes it a priority to promote lifelong learning and professional development for veterans, active-duty military, and their families. Learn more about our commitment to military-connected students.

Active Duty

SDI is approved for use of Active Duty Tuition Assistance. Click below to learn more about the resources available to active duty students at SDI.

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SDI recognizes the unique needs of veteran students. Our staff is prepared to offer guidance and support from application to graduation.

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Education at SDI is challenging and rewarding for students of all backgrounds and skill levels. After you’ve done the research to find the right program for you, make sure you fulfill all of our enrollment and admission requirements.

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SDI has given me the knowledge and resources to help me accomplish the career I was aiming for. Now I am a shotgun technician for a reputable company and I enjoy going to work every day. Thank you, SDI for making it possible.

Rodeo McCumber2023 SDI Graduate, Associate of Science in Firearms Technology