Sonoran Desert Institute Announces New Certificate in Firearms Technology – Handgun Specialist Program.

  • Drew Poplin

Tempe, AZ [12/5/23] — Sonoran Desert Institute (SDI) has announced the launch of its new Certificate in Firearms Technology – Handgun Specialist (CFT-HS), expanding the school’s online certificate and degree program offerings. The new program consists of four courses, totaling 16 credit hours, and is designed to be completed in 20 weeks. It will provide students with an overview of three handgun platforms: revolvers, striker-fired pistols, and hammer-fired pistols

Students will receive three firearms coordinated with the onset of the platform’s course. Tools and materials are included in the program costs. The program includes the following courses:

  • FTT 101: Mechanics in Firearms, 4 Credit Hours
  • FTH 202: Revolvers, 4 Credit Hours
  • FTH 212: Striker-Fired Pistols, 4 Credit Hours
  • FTH 223: Hammer-Fired Pistols, 4 Credit Hours

Students must be at least 21 years of age to participate in FTH 202, FTH 212, and FTH 223.

Reflecting on the importance and impact of this new program, Chief Academic Officer, Jarred McNeely, shares his thoughts: “The market’s demand for skilled specialists continues to grow. This new program is part of our dedication to growing, improving, and adding new offerings based on industry workforce needs.”

The Certificate in Firearms Technology – Handgun Specialist program combines in-depth online coursework with practical, hands-on application at home. The new program expands the other Firearm Technology programs SDI offers. 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 should consider the Certificate in Firearms Technology or the Associate of Science in Firearms Technology degree offerings.

“We often hear from our students and graduates that they want us to offer additional programs,” explained McNeely. “SDI is proud to enhance our industry-specific technology courses, contributing to the next wave of trained professionals in the field.”

SDI is a distance learning institute, meaning students enjoy the benefits of flexible online learning and access to experienced staff without traveling or relocating. SDI provides the materials, instruction, and support to help you succeed.

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About Sonoran Desert Institute

Sonoran Desert Institute is an online school that helps students learn the skills and techniques they’ll need to be successful in the firearms and unmanned technology industries. SDI is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). At its inception, SDI offered Gunsmithing as a program, which ultimately became the foundation for SDI’s growth. Key to the success of SDI is its comprehensive approach to easily understood curriculum, attention to providing quality service to its students, and the flexibility of its instructional model. For more information, visit


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