Ohio CCW certificate requirements (Hamilton County specifically)

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This information is being provided to help instructors stay compliant with Ohio Law.  If you have specific questions on what is acceptable in a county I suggest contacting the Sheriff’s department directly or the Ohio State Attorney General.

According to the Ohio Attorney General website for a class to be qualify as training in Ohio the certified instructor must meet a few conditions. (pg 4 in CCW manual)

  1. The ability to name, explain, and demonstrate the rules for safe handling of a handgun and proper storage practices for handguns and ammunition;
  2. The ability to demonstrate and explain how to handle ammunition in a safe manner;
  3. The ability to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitude
    necessary to shoot a handgun in a safe manner;
  4. Gun-handling training.

Additionally, you must have two hours of in-person training, including
range time and live-fire experience. The applicant also must
complete an examination that tests his competency. The test must
include a written section on the ability to name and explain the rules
for the safe handling of a handgun and proper storage practices for
handguns and ammunition. Additionally, the exam must include an
in-person physical demonstration of competency on handgun usage
and rules for safe handling and storage of a handgun. It also must
require a physical demonstration of the attitude necessary to shoot
a handgun in a safe manner.

Besides the requirements meant above the Sheriff issuing the license will require a few things on the certificate you issue to you students.

  1. Individuals name and date the course was completed
  2. Business entity name or instructors name
  3. Entity or instructor address, phone number, fax number, and email address
  4. Instructors attesting that the course meant all requirements per Ohio Revised Code (ORC).  See example for exact wording
  5. Instructors name and signature including certification number from a nationally recognized firearm training organization (i.e. NRA, USCCA, OPOTA, SAFTD, etc..)

Example certified supplied by Hamilton County Sheriff

For NRA Instructors who will be using their NRA Instructor number on the certificates you should also state on the certificate “This is not an NRA course” to be compliant with NRA policy.

Note: These requirements are subject to change as the legislature changes the law.  Making sure your certificates meet the requirements will also keep your students from being inconvenienced  because of a paperwork problem.