Advanced Gunsmithing Certificate (Backup)

Sonoran Desert Institute

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Tool List

FAT 105: Introduction to Firearms

FAT 100: Firearms Technology I

AFY 100: Accuracy and Functionality

FAT 200: Firearms Technology II

BBS 100: Basic Ballistics

CFL 100: Cleaning Firearms Lab

SFL 100: Stock Fitting and Metal Work Lab

BTL 100: Basic Hand Tools Lab

*FTC 301 Capstone Project tool lists will vary with course selection.

Advanced Gunsmithing Certificate

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 Advanced Gunsmithing Certificate program is a perfect 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! All of your credits earned during the Advanced Gunsmithing Certificate program will transfer into our Associate of Science in Firearms Technology Degree program, should you choose to continue your education with SDI.

Gunsmithing Education, Your Way

You’ll learn gunsmithing at home, and our programs are designed to fit into your busy schedule. Because this certificate program is delivered via online and at-home learning, your educational process is stress-free and convenient. You can submit exams online any time of day (or night!), and Instructor assistance is a click away.


AFY 100 4 Accuracy and Functionality
BBS 100 3 Basic Ballistics and Swaging
BTL 100 1 Basic Hand Tools Lab
CFL 100 1 Cleaning Firearms Lab
FAT 100 4 Firearms Technology I
FAT 105 4 Introduction to Firearms
FAT 200 4 Firearms Technology II
FTC 301 5 Capstone Project
SFL 100 1 Stock Fitting and Metal Working Lab
SSM 200 5 Shooting Sports Management

Whether you work full-time and want a career change or are a retired hobbyist interested in taking your passion farther, the Advanced Gunsmithing Certificate program is a perfect fit. Apply today to start doing what you love!

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For tuition information, please click here. No-interest payment plans are available. This program is approved for use of the GI Bill (R) and other VA and military benefits. Please contact the Admissions department for more info at or (480) 314-2102.

Additional Program Information

Program Objectives

With the successful completion of this program, a student should be able to do the following:

  • Explain firearms fundamentals
  • Evaluate different methods for the cleaning and repairing of firearms
  • Demonstrate various strategies for troubleshooting defective firearms
  • Apply selected methods for the replacement of firearm barrels
  • Describe various methodologies used in the finishing and engraving of firearm metal
  • Utilize various techniques in the development and making of ammunition
  • Evaluate multiple managerial strategies for the development of a gunsmithing business
Course Descriptions

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