Sonoran Desert Institute

We offer the the flexibility and affordability our students need in an online education program.

Programs of Study

Currently, the SDI School of Firearms Technology offers an Associate of Science in Firearms Technology degree, an Advanced Gunsmithing Certificate, a Ballistics & Reloading Certificate, and optional courses including an AR-15 Advanced Armorer Course, an AR-10 Advanced Armorer Course, and a 1911 Advanced Armorer Course.

SDI's 60 credit Associate of Science in Firearms Technology degree and 32 credit Advanced Gunsmithing Certificate program work hand-in-hand, and are the built to be comprehensive, complete training programs. It's our goal to give you the best quantity and quality of professional gunsmithing information and tools as we can! These programs are perfect for students interested in a career in the firearms industry or for those who are interested in owning their own gunsmithing business. Our programs are delivered via online learning, which allows our students to maintain full-time jobs, families, military service and more, while working towards their degree or certificate.

Plus, SDI continues to place its students at the forefront of technology by offering 3 unique Advanced Armorer courses: 1911 Advanced Armorer, AR-15 Advanced Armorer, and AR-10 Advanced Armorer, each with a full build. We also offer exceptional content within our Ballistics & Reloading Certificate, which includes a Hornady Lock-N- Load (TM) Press. These are truly unique ways to go above and beyond with your firearms education.

Click on the links below to find out more about each of our course offerings, including tuition info, course outlines and more. We would love to have you as a student and look forward to helping you turn your passion for firearms into a successful career!

Associate of Science in Firearms Technology

SDI’s unique Associate of Science in Firearms Technology Degree program offers our students the opportunity to learn about the firearms industry and gain a coveted credential, all without having to travel or relocate. This 60-semester-hour program is the most comprehensive of all the School of Firearms Technology programs, and is one of only a handful of firearms degree programs in the nation.

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, the School of Firearms Technology’s Advanced Gunsmithing Certificate is a perfect fit.

Advanced Armorer Courses

SDI’s Advanced Armorer Courses offer our student ways to specialize and expand their skill set. The courses come with important tools and materials and can be taken as a stand-alone course or as a part of your Advanced Gunsmithing Certificate or Associate of Science in Firearms Technology degree program.

Ballistics and Reloading Certificate

The Certificate of Reloading & Ballistics combines SDI’s tried and true curriculum with additional info from our partners at Gun Digest to give you a comprehensive course that covers ballistics, reloading, casting and swaging.