Join the School of Firearms Technology

Sonoran Desert Institute


So do we. At SDI, our goal is to advance the firearms industry by training passionate, educated, hard-working professionals. If that sounds like you, we’d love to have you as a student!

SDI students can learn topics like gunsmithing, ballistics, woodworking, troubleshooting and shooting sports management, to name a few. You’ll get:
  • Convenient online learning
  • Tools and materials shipped to your door
  • Knowledgeable instructors
  • Multiple funding options (see below!)
  • Comprehensive programs from a DEAC accredited school
Pick the program or course that’s right for you and your goals!
  • Associate of Science in Firearms Technology degree
  • Advanced Gunsmithing Certificate
  • Advanced Armorer Courses
  • Ballistics and Reloading Certificate

SDI’s Financial Services team is well equipped to help you navigate your funding process. You have options, and we’re happy to help!

Military Students:

Interested in using your GI Bill® or Active Duty Tuition Assistance (TA) benefits? 

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

SDI’s Associate of Science in Firearms Technology degree program and Advanced Gunsmithing Certificate program are both approved for use of most TA and VA benefits!

Other Funding Options:
Federal Student Aid (FSA), including Pell Grants and Direct Loans options for eligible SDI associate degree and certificate seeking students.
  • Graduate without debt by participating in a no-interest payment plan.
  • SDI accepts most state and employer tuition reimbursement programs.
  • Scholarships available to selected students.