Kentucky Concealed Carry of Deadly Weapons (CCDW) Applicant Course


The Kentucky CCDW applicant course is a good way for inexperienced shooters to learn the principles of firearms safety and marksmanship, as well as learn about the laws governing the carrying of a concealed weapon within the commonwealth.

The course consists of a minimum six hours of classroom instruction followed by a live fire exercise where the student shoots 20 rounds on a B21 target using safe firearm handling techniques.269x72

If you are inexperienced with handling a handgun, this class is designed to help you build skills and the confidence to safely handle, store and operate a handgun.

There are many instructors across the Commonwealth of Kentucky who are certified to teach the course and qualify the applicant for a CCDW license.

You can obtain a list of qualified instructors in your area by contacting your local sheriff’s office and asking for the names of instructors in your area.




Some of the items you will need for this class include a reliable handgun and at least 50 rounds of ammunition.  You are also required to bring shooting glasses and hearing protection as well as a cleaning kit for your firearm.

In order to be eligible to take this class you must be / have:

  • Minimum age 21
  • A resident of Kentucky
  • Felony conviction and Indictment free
  • No Dishonorable Discharge
  • No misdemeanor crime conviction of domestic violence history
  • No drug convictions (Last 3 years)
  • No DUI’s (2 in Last 3 years)
  • No Assault Misdemeanor or Terroristic Threatening Charges (Last 3 yrs)
  • No child support in arrears one year

The class is a great way to learn more about handguns and the laws of self-defense.  You may get the opportunity to see different types of handguns which you have never seen before, depending on the particular course you take

As an instructor I enjoy teaching people about the different types of handguns that are on the market.  Conducting small classes gives me the ability to spend time showing individual students some detailed information that may help them in the future.

For example, I recently had a student who had very little experience with revolvers.  During the class, I spent some time showing him how to safely handle a few different models.

One issue that cannot be ignored about the CCDW classes is that they are a lot of fun and a great way to meet new people with similar interests in firearms.

If you’re interested in taking one of my upcoming CCDW classes, you can preregister online and secure your spot.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me through this site.