Full Week Armed Security Officer Certification Course (must take Unarmed Course first) This course will prepare you for employment in the security field as an armed security officer by educating you regarding the important knowledge, skills, and abilities required to conduct armed security functions responsibly and effectively.
At the completion of this course, you will be certified by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) as an armed security officer in the state of Illinois.

This course is a combination of classroom instruction, firing range practice and final qualification. Fee: $175

Testing:
Written exam (70% passing required)
50 round firearms qualification (70% passing required) 20-hour firearm course

Prerequisites: Completion of 20hr Basic Security Officer Course, Current FOID card, Must be 21 years of age

Requirements:

  • Firearm (semi-auto or revolver – must hold minimum of 6 rounds)

  • Duty Belt

  • Duty or outside the waistband holster

  • Eye and hearing protection

  • 100 rounds of ammunition

  • *Firearms, hearing and eye protection available for rent at extra cost at training site.

  • *Ammunition available for purchase at training site

Topics Covered:

  • Firearm safety and maintenance

  • Use of deadly force

  • Legal use of firearm

  • Ethics of firearm use

  • Search / seizure / arrest procedure while armed Liability while armed

This course is a one-day introduction to the basics of the M4/AR-15 carbine rifle system. This is a course that is especially geared toward the inexperienced or new carbine rifle owner. Students will become proficient in the take-down, cleaning, general maintenance, sight adjustment/alignment and basic marksmanship as well as ammunition selection and external ballistics. This course is specifically geared toward the AR platform rifles.

 

This is an 8-hour course and the cost is $150 per student.

Requirements:

  • 50 Rounds Minimum of Ammunition

Topics Covered:

  • AR platform rifles

This is for Day 2 Registration Only. If you are Active or Retired Military you do not need to take Day 1. You must bring a valid ID or DD214 to the class with you. 

The Concealed Carry Weapons course is designed to satisfy the requirements to obtain a state of Illinois Concealed Carry permit. Your training will encompass both classroom and live fire training. Our instructors also provide you with a complete overview of the basics of managing unknown contact, basic shooting skills, situational awareness, and equipment/clothing considerations as well as justifiable use of force. Students will be required to pass a practical shooting test involving 30 rounds, 10 rounds at 5 yards and at 7 yards, and 10 rounds at 10 yards. You must achieve a 70% in the scoring area of the target. You will have two chances to qualify. There is no shooting training or practice involved, just the qualification. The course is a total of 16 hours over two days or over four evenings.

A 1 day credit is given if you have taken the NRA Basic Pistol course or if you are active duty military or honorably discharged. Concealed carry classes are $100 for the first day and $125 for the second day.

Prerequisite(s): Introduction to Hand Guns or have a good understanding of the safe use of a hand gun

Requirements:

  • A concealable handgun, pistol or revolver (rentals available at Fox Valley Shooting Range)

  • Eye and ear protection (available for purchase at Fox Valley Shooting Range)

  • 50 rounds of factory ammunition (available for purchase at Fox Valley Shooting Range)

  • A notepad and pen/pencil

  • Bag lunch

  • A clear and open mind

  • Closed toe shoes

Topics Covered:

  • How to conceal a firearm

  • How to securely store a firearm, at home and in your car

  • Laws regarding concealed carry and use of force

The Concealed Carry Weapons course is designed to satisfy the requirements to obtain a state of Illinois Concealed Carry permit. Your training will encompass both classroom and live fire training. Our instructors also provide you with a complete overview of the basics of managing unknown contact, basic shooting skills, situational awareness, and equipment/clothing considerations as well as justifiable use of force. Students will be required to pass a practical shooting test involving 30 rounds, 10 rounds at 5 yards and at 7 yards, and 10 rounds at 10 yards. You must achieve a 70% in the scoring area of the target. You will have two chances to qualify. There is no shooting training or practice involved, just the qualification. The course is a total of 16 hours over two days or over four evenings. Prerequisite(s): FOID card and have a good understanding of the safe use of a hand gun.

 

Requirements:

  • A concealable handgun, pistol or revolver (rentals available at Fox Valley Shooting Range)

  • Eye and ear protection (available for purchase at Fox Valley Shooting Range)

  • 50 rounds of factory ammunition (available for purchase at Fox Valley Shooting Range)

  • A notepad and pen/pencil

  • Bag lunch

  • A clear and open mind

  • Closed toe shoes

Topics Covered:

  • How to conceal a firearm

  • How to securely store a firearm, at home and in your car

  • Laws regarding concealed carry and use of force

The Concealed Carry Weapons course is designed to satisfy the requirements to obtain a state of Illinois Concealed Carry permit. Your training will encompass both classroom and live fire training. Our instructors also provide you with a complete overview of the basics of managing unknown contact, basic shooting skills, situational awareness, and equipment/clothing considerations as well as justifiable use of force. Students will be required to pass a practical shooting test involving 30 rounds, 10 rounds at 5 yards and at 7 yards, and 10 rounds at 10 yards. You must achieve a 70% in the scoring area of the target. You will have two chances to qualify. There is no shooting training or practice involved, just the qualification. The course is a total of 3 ½ hours.

Prerequisite(s): Passed conceal carry permit course

Requirements:

  • A concealable handgun, pistol or revolver (rentals available at Fox Valley Shooting Range)

  • Eye and ear protection (available for purchase at Fox Valley Shooting Range)

  • 50 rounds of factory ammunition (available for purchase at Fox Valley Shooting Range)

  • A notepad and pen/pencil

Topics Covered:

  • Updates to Illinois or federal firearms laws governing concealed carry in Illinois.

  • Updates on use of force laws and IL criminal statutes.

  • Appropriate and lawful interaction with law enforcement while transporting or carrying a concealed firearm.

This class will qualify you to draw from holster, when shooting by yourself on the private lanes or on special times under supervision. Prerequisite(s): Good understanding and proper knowledge of handguns and handgun safety

Requirements:

  • A concealable handgun, pistol or revolver (rentals available at Fox Valley Shooting Range)

  • Eye and ear protection (available for purchase at Fox Valley Shooting Range)

  • A holster and 100 rounds of ammunition (available for purchase at Fox Valley Shooting Range)

  • A clear and open mind

  • Closed toe shoes

Topics Covered:

  • Difference in range shooting vs real world shooting (being in a fight) - Classroom

  • Fundamentals of marksmanship vs the fundamentals of defensive shooting - Classroom

  • Conceal carry considerations - Classroom

  • How much guns and gear matters in a gun fight vs training and awareness - Classroom

  • Drawing from holster - Practical Skills Portion

  • Multiple Shots on Target - Practical Skills Portion

This class will introduce malfunctions and the correction of malfunctions. Prerequisite(s): Defensive Pistol #1

Requirements:

  • Eye and ear protection (available for purchase at Fox Valley Shooting Range)

  • A concealable handgun, pistol or revolver (rentals available at Fox Valley Shooting Range)

  • A holster and 100 rounds of ammunition (available for purchase at Fox Valley Shooting Range)

  • A clear and open mind

  • Closed toe shoes

Topics Covered:

  • Multiple target acquisition - Classroom

  • Discussion and demonstration of different types of reloads and their usefulness in the real world - Classroom

  • Discussion and demonstration of malfunctioning clearing - Classroom

  • Work on transition from target - Practical Skills

  • Reloading Practice - Practical Skills

  • Malfunction Clearing - Practical Skills

This class will introduce shooting while moving. Prerequisite(s): Defensive Pistol #2

Requirements:

  • Eye and ear protection (available for purchase at Fox Valley Shooting Range)

  • A concealable handgun, pistol or revolver (rentals available at Fox Valley Shooting Range)

  • A holster and 100 rounds of ammunition (available for purchase at Fox Valley Shooting Range)

  • A clear and open mind

  • Closed toe shoes

Topics Covered:

  • Fundamentals for shooting from cover - Classroom

  • Movement while shooting - Classroom

  • Movement to and from cover - Practical Skills

  • Practice selection of proper shooting position based on cover - Practical Skills

  • Practice proper cover standoff and shooting position - Practical Skills

  • Demonstration of proper speed and footwork while moving - Movement Drills

  • Demonstration pf proper speed of fire while moving - Movement Drills

  • Movement drills in all 4 directions as well as angular movement - Movement Drills

  • Movement to/from cover drills - Movement Drills

This class will qualify you to draw from holster, when shooting by yourself on the private lanes or on special times under supervision. Prerequisite(s): Defensive Pistol #3

Requirements:

  • Eye and ear protection (available for purchase at Fox Valley Shooting Range)

  • A concealable handgun, pistol or revolver (rentals available at Fox Valley Shooting Range)

  • A holster and 100 rounds of ammunition (available for purchase at Fox Valley Shooting Range)

  • A clear and open mind

  • Closed toe shoes

Topics Covered:

  • One handed shooting and weapons manipulation - Classroom

  • Discuss and demonstrate low light/no light shooting techniques - Classroom

  • One handed dominate hand drills - Practical Skills

  • One handed non-dominate hand drills - Practical Skills

Let’s put it all together. In this class we will shoot from behind concealment, from a sitting position, practice speed reloading and add a new dimension; shoot a target moving toward you. Cost: $125/Person

Prerequisite(s): completed Defensive Pistol #1, Defensive Pistol #2, Defensive Pistol #3 and Defensive Pistol #4.

Requirements:

  • Bring your own holster & firearm

  • Provide 100 rounds of ammunition

  • Bring at least 2 extra magazines and a belt magazine holder (1 or 2 mag)

Topics Covered:

  • Shooting from a sitting position

  • Speed reloading

  • Shoot a target moving towards you

  • Shooting from behind a concealment

This handgun course provides an excellent overview to the world of firearms. This course is great for individuals who are new to handguns, just want a refresher, or desire an understanding of the fundamentals and want to develop their skills in a fun and safe environment. Our certified instructors will cover safe weapons handling procedures, general handgun knowledge, the fundamentals of marksmanship, as well as the proper care and storage of firearms. This class will deliver a solid foundation to build upon and give beginners the skills they need to become responsible, confident shooters. Prerequisite(s): None.

Requirements:

  • Eye and ear protection (available for purchase at Fox Valley Shooting Range)

  • A clear and open mind

  • Closed toe shoes

Topics Covered:

  • Safety, storage and maintenance

  • Proper grip

  • Sight alignment

In Home Defense training you will learn a variety of techniques necessary to safely operate in a defensive situation inside the home. These skills will include shooting on the move techniques, low light shooting, malfunction clearing, and other essential skills. After this class, you will have the knowledge to create a safe plan for your home and how to remain focused on your surroundings when out in public.  The class costs $60.00 per person with a $20.00 nonrefundable deposit.  If fewer than 10 people register we reserve the right to cancel the class.  If this occurs, all will receive a full refund or be placed in the next scheduled class. Prerequisite(s): None

Requirements:

  • Notepad and pen/pencil

  • A clear and open mind

Topics Covered:

  • Situational awareness

  • What to do after

  • Creating a safety plan

This handgun course provides an excellent overview to the world of firearms. This course is great for women who are new to handguns, just want a refresher, or desire an understanding of the fundamentals and want to develop their skills in a fun and safe environment. Our certified instructors will cover safe weapons handling procedures, general handgun knowledge, the fundamentals of marksmanship, as well as the proper care and storage of firearms. This class will deliver a solid foundation to build upon and give beginners the skills they need to become responsible, confident shooters. Class is 3 Hours. Prerequisite: Ladies only, no other experience is required.

Tuition: $100

We will provide all firearm and other equipment for the course. Absolutely no firearms or ammunition will be allowed in the classroom. Students may bring their own eye protection and/or ear protection for range use or purchase ear protection at Fox Valley Shooting Range.

Requirements:

  • A clear and open mind

Topics Covered:

  • Basics of firearm safety

  • Safe storage of firearms

  • Selecting a firearm that fits your needs and your hands

  • Basic principles of marksmanship

  • Stance, Grip, Sight Alignment, Sight Picture, Trigger Control

  • Care, cleaning, loading, and unloading of a firearm

  • Gun identification: revolver, semi-automatic, misc.

  • Ammunition identification and selection

  • Safety and cleaning protocols

  • Cleaning equipment

  • Loading and unloading firearms

  • Taking your first shots on a live range under instructor supervision

Instruction and demonstration on pistol disassembly, cleaning, re-assembly

– Students who bring their own pistol, please bring your owners manual. If you cannot find it we have plenty of rental guns for you to borrow.

– Students who do not own their own pistols are welcome to attend for observation and education purposes

– Only one Pistol per person

Absolutely no ammunition allowed in class! (Instructor will perform a safety check on every pistol prior to start of class)

Requirements:

  • Bring your own pistol and owner's manual

  • Bring eye protection

Topics Covered:

  • Overview of cleaning supplies and tools

Not seeing what you are looking for? Or just prefer a one-on-one experience? Fox Valley Shooting offers private lessons to fit your schedule. The best thing about a private lesson is you get to choose the topic of the class and you set the pace. You will meet with the instructor, discuss where you are on the learning curve and where you want to get.  Participants can bring their own firearm or we have plenty to rent.

Private lessons are $100 per hour for up to 2 people. To enroll please email some dates and times to [email protected].

Requirements:

  • No Requirements

Topics Covered:

  • You choose the topic

Project Safe Child is a one-hour course for both parents/guardians and their children. This class will not only bring this important conversation to the table, but give every household simple and practical tools in keeping children safe. Prerequisite(s): Children must be 4 to 10 years old

Requirements:

  • A parent or guardian must accompany the child during the entire class

Topics Covered:

  • Importance of gun safety

  • Tips and tools for keeping children safe

This 8 hour course offers recognized training material created by the Committed on Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (C-TECC) and the American Red Cross. Upon completion participants will be certified TECC First-Care Providers and Certified in CPR/AED by the Red Cross. In the event of a workplace accident, medical emergency, shooting, stabbing, training accident, or mass casualty event, time is the enemy of the wounded. The more people prepared to step-up and provide care, the better the chances are for survival. TECC is the globally recognized standard for initial, pre-medical, first aid. Cost is $200

Requirements:

  • N/A

Topics Covered:

  • CPR

  • Tactical Emergency Casualty Care, pre-med first aid

This 16 hour course is designed for Law Enforcement and Public Safety officials with a duty to act in the face of physical threat/medical emergencies. Knowing when to address the threat, how to address the wounded and understanding the chain of survival are all vital skills that will be certified in this course. This course provides TECC First Responder/Duty to Act certification and American Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers certification. Cost is $380

Requirements:

  • Law Enforcement or Public Safety officials with a duty to act

Topics Covered:

  • Addressing threat

  • Addressing the wounded

  • Chain of Survival

  • CPR/AED

This 4 hour course is designed for civilians willing to step-in and save a life. Topics covered include bleeding control, addressing shock, communicating with first responders and understanding the chain of survival. This course offers TECC First-Care Provider certification. Cost is $100

Requirements:

  • N/A

Topics Covered:

  • Bleeding control

  • Addressing shock

  • Communicating with first responders

20-Hour Basic Unarmed Security (Illinois PERC). This course will prepare you for employment in the security field as an unarmed security officer by educating you regarding the important knowledge, skills, and abilities required to conduct armed security functions responsibly and effectively.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be certified by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) as an unarmed security officer in the State of Illinois and eligible for a PERC card. This course is a classroom instruction course only. Course Fee is $60. Prerequisites: Must be 18 years of age.

Testing:
Written Exam (70% passing required)

Requirements:

  • Pass exam with at least a 70% to complete course

Topics Covered:

  • Security Officer Code of Ethics

  • Public Relations, Human Relation and Civil Rights

  • Illinois Criminal Code (related to protection of person and property)

  • Fire and Accident Prevention; Fire Safety

  • Patrol Procedures

  • Liability Issues

  • Use of Force Arrest and Control Techniques

  • Laws (regarding arrest, search and seizure)

  • Report Writing and Service Process

  • The Law on Private Security/Reporting to Law Enforcement Agencies

This two hour youth class will teach students (ages 8-14) how to respect, safely handle and shoot a gun. The classroom portion will cover the four safety rules of handling a gun, the mechanics of semi-automatic pistols and the fundamentals of shooting (stance, grip, sighting, and trigger control) with training guns – all in a safe, controlled environment. The range portion will give students the opportunity to practice those skills, and build their confidence, with live fire shooting, using .22 caliber pistols.  This class is a great way to introduce your children to firearms. Prerequisite(s): Children must be 8 to 14 years old

Requirements:

  • Eye and ear protection (available for purchase at Fox Valley Shooting Range)

  • Proper clothing, no open toed shoes or low-cut blouses

  • A clear and open mind

Topics Covered:

  • Fundamentals of firearms and how they work

  • Proper sight alignment

  • How to properly hold a firearm