Top Shot Academy Classes
8-Hour IL CCW Compliance Class
This is our abbreviated 8-hour Illinois Concealed Carry Class
This class is for students that have at least 8 hours of prior training that is acceptable to the standards of the Illinois State Police, per the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. You must bring a certificate of completion from a previous class or Form DD-214. The documentation must be in your possession when registering for this class.
You may present any combination of the following documents for a maximum exemption of 8 hours. Note that if you are using a combination of concealed carry permits, they must have been earned on different dates. Students with only 4 hours of credit must take the 16-hour class but will receive a $25 reduction in the price of the class.
Training Certificates of Completion
|NRA Basic Pistol||8 hours|
|NRA Personal Defense Inside the Home||8 hours|
|NRA Personal Defense Outside the Home||8 hours|
|Illinois Hunter Safety Course||4 hours|
|Chicago Firearms Safety Course||4 hours|
Concealed Carry Permits/Certificates
|Honorable Military Discharge (DD-214)||8 hours|
|Active Duty Military (Current Duty Orders)||8 hours|
|Military Reserves||8 hours|
We offer the most training options to fit your schedule.
- Sunday take our 1-day TSA Fast Track Course
(10am to 6pm)
- Thursday & Friday, take our 2-day TSA After Work Course
(5pm to 9pm each day)
- Mondays, take our TSA Once a Week Course
(5pm to 9pm for 2 consecutive Mondays)
Don't wait! A right delayed is a right denied.
The state requires a total of 16 hours training.
Students providing the documentation listed above will qualify for credit of up to 8 hours (covering curriculum items 1, 2, and 3).
Curriculum items 4 and 5—the second eight hours—are required for everyone.
Initial Firearms Curriculum must be at least 16* hours of in-person instruction and cover the minimum requirements listed below.
- Firearm safety (Classroom)
- 4 basic firearm handling safety rules
- Home storage
- Vehicle storage
- Public Storage
- Basic principles of marksmanship (Classroom/Range)
- Sight Alignment
- Sight Picture
- Trigger Control
- Care, cleaning, loading, and unloading of a concealable firearm (Classroom)
- Gun identification: revolver, semi-automatic, misc.
- Ammunition identification and selection
- Safety and cleaning protocols
- Cleaning equipment
- Loading and unloading
- All applicable State and Federal laws relating to the ownership, storage, carry, and transportation of a firearm (Classroom)
- The Act in its entirety,
- With emphasis on 430 ILCS 66/10(h) which includes instruction on the appropriate and lawful interaction with law enforcement while transporting or carrying a concealed firearm.
- With emphasis on 430 ILCS 66/65 which includes instruction on prohibited areas and the parking lot exception.
- The FOID Act 430 ILCS 65/1 et. seq.
- Relevant portions of the ILCS including but not limited to
- 720 ILCS 5/7-1. Use of force in defense of a person**
- 720 ILCS 5/7-2. Use of force in defense of dwelling**
- 720 ILCS 5/7-3. Use of force in defense of other property**
- 720 ILCS 24/1 et. seq. Unlawful Use of Weapons**
- Weapon Handling
- Dry fire practice drills, handgun fundamentals
- Dry fire practice drills from concealment
- Live fire practice drills, handgun fundamentals
- Live fire qualification with a concealable fi rearm consisting of minimum of 30 rounds which must include 10 rounds from a distance of 5 yards; 10 rounds from a distance of 7 yards; and 10 rounds from a distance of 10 yards at a B-27 silhouette target approved by the Illinois State Police. (See www.isp.state.il.us/firearms/ccw/ccw-faq.cfm)
** Must define dwelling, aggressor, forcible felony and unlawful use of weapons pursuant to the ILCS.
* The Department will accept up to 8 hours of in-person training already completed toward the 16 hour training requirement as outlined in Section 75 (i) [training course must be approved by the ISP] of the Act provided those 8 hours cover the classroom and range subject matter of components #1 through #3. The additional 8 hours of training required by Sections 75 (g) and (i) of the Act will be comprised of components #4 and #5.