Qualified Handgun Instructor Certificate Details

Qualified Handgun Instructor Certificate

General Info - Statewide Certification


Qualified Handgun Instructors are responsible for qualifying students for Handgun Qualification Licenses and Handgun Carry Permits.

A QHI is a person whom the Maryland State Police has confirmed as being certified by either the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions or a nationally recognized firearms organization as a firearm instructor. A Certified Qualified Handgun Instructor may instruct Handgun Qualification License applicants and Handgun Wear and Carry Permit applicants.


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Obtaining the Certification

Ready to get your certification? - Steps, Requirements, and Documents

  1. A valid copy of the applicants Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission certificate; or a copy of a valid instructor certification card issued by a nationally recognized firearms organization.

  2. All certification documentation needed.


Apply for the Certification

Ready to apply?

  • Online Application

Maintaining Your Certification

Renewal and maintenance -

Maintaining your Certification (aka Related forms/requirements to maintain Certification/stay in good standing)

  1. Maintain supporting certification.

  2. Must be renewed before the certification holder's expiration of their Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions or Nationally recognized firearms organization firearms instructor certification.

Agency/Contact

Certification Issuer - Information

Who issues the certification?

Maryland Department of State Police

Contact Information

Licensing Division HQL Unit

Tel: (410) 653-4457 / Fax: (410) 653-4036

Work hours:



Legal Authority

What laws and regulations give Maryland Department of State Police the legal authority to issue this approval?

MD. CODE ANN., PUB. SAFETY §5-101 et seq. MD. CODE ANN., PUB. SAFETY §5-201 et seq. MD. CODE ANN., PUB. SAFETY §5-401 et seq. COMAR 29.03.01 COMAR 29.03.03