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Ohio CCW Training: The Hybrid Zoom Option

This hybrid format is our most flexible option. 

You will complete 6 hours of classroom time through Zoom. This means you can participate in classroom from the comfort of home.

You won’t be able to complete the Zoom classes and the Range on the same day. So while it is flexible, it is not necessarily the quickest. Your range session will have to be on a separate day.

How It Works

4 Modules Total

The class consists of 4 modules:

  • Module 1 – Zoom (2 hr) 
  • Module 2 – Zoom (2 hr)
  • Module 3 – Zoom (2 hr)
  • Module 4 – In Person Range (2 hr) – Takes place in Canal Winchester, OH (20 min SE of downtown Columbus)
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Modules 1, 2 and 3 can be completed in any order. But all three must be complete before you can do the Module 4 range. 

You can do all 3 Zoom Modules on the same day, or you can break them up. Most people do them all on the same day, but we divided it up to allow for flexibility. You cannot do Module 4 on the same day. 

Zoom Details

Zoom is free for you to use. You can download the free version of the app onto your phone or tablet. Or you can use the desktop version from a computer that has a webcam. 

We monitor attendance and participation during this live class. You must have your camera on and your face visible during the class time.

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Buy Online Zoom Package

Buy the Training Package to Save!

Paying for each module individually as you schedule will end up costing $110 total. (The Zoom based classes are $20 each x 3 = $60 and the Module 4 range session is $50.)

Paying for the “package” for $90 is easier since it means one transaction plus it saves you $20 overall.

**Think of the package like a gift certificate. After purchasing you will need to select the dates you are going to do the individual module. You will use the credits on the package to pay for them.

Schedule Your Modules:

Buy the training package first if you want to save $20. 

If you bought a training package, use the REDEEM button near the payment area when scheduling. 

Once you schedule the sessions individually there is no way to change to the package option.

If registering multiple students, please use a unique email address for each!

Bruce Bishop
Bruce Bishop
16:12 02 Oct 20
Excellent experience. I enjoyed the online class modules and the range was absolutely great. As one who hadn't fired a gun for years this was a great experience. After the class I received my concealed carry license within 4 four days. Thanks all!
Eleuterio Ruelas
Eleuterio Ruelas
17:40 16 Sep 20
The married couple who run this have a way to address all concerns and topics thoroughly. The online classes were simple and easy to follow. I wish more people would seek this class out so that they can understand how effective, concise and simple this course is. Remember, this is just the first step. It's your responsibility to further your firearm training. GREAT INVESTMENT!!!
Larraine Albert Shrigley
Larraine Albert Shrigley
02:28 20 Aug 20
I took my concealed carry course from Armed2Defend after the pandemic started so the class part was done online. I had never done a zoom course and had issues with it the first night but I still learned a lot and enjoyed the lectures. The range was great—George was my instructor and he was great, very personable, patient and kind. I had my own revolver with me but had not been to a firing range in years and was very rusty, plus I had never fired a semi auto and didn’t even know how to load one. I purchased the 15 gun assortment for after my range time and highly recommend that, it was great having a chance to try them all out there with the help of the guys all of whom are very knowledgeable. I left there that day having chosen the exact gun I wanted for my concealed carry pistol and can’t wait to go back to the range! Very glad I did this course and I highly recommend Armed2Defend
lana urey
lana urey
04:02 16 Aug 20
Took the CCW class. Instruction classes are online, very flexible, easy to take. The range part is very personalized upon your skill level. Highly recommended to check them out.
Kat Bradley
Kat Bradley
03:58 11 Aug 20
I was nervous going into the CCW class with virtually no experience. The instructors were able to identify where I was with my experience and build on it. They made me feel confident and assisted in finding what kind of pistol was best for me. The classroom portion was done via Zoom meetings due to COVID. The instructors were attentive to the students and made sure everyone was paying attention and understood each concept before moving forward. I don’t have a single negative thing to say about this experience. I will continue to be involved in their meetings to further my skill and will be bringing friends! 10/10!
Sherm Stevens
Sherm Stevens
12:46 02 Jul 20
Great course. Very thorough. Zoom meeting for classroom time was very convenient during the Chinese virus shutdown. They have a private range near Canal/Lithopolis that is off the beaten path. They offer a deal to allow you to shoot a bunch of different guns, well worth it! Love the enthusiasm of the owners.

Concealed Carry Training FAQs

Our range is on private property in Canal Winchester, Ohio (20 minutes southeast of Columbus, Ohio). 

The classroom portion of our Hybrid class happens online from the comfort of your home.

For our in person classes, we rent a large meeting room from a library that is 4 minutes down the road from our range. armed2defend.com/wagnalls has more details on the library location. 

Nothing! In fact, we see lots of students week in and week out who have never touched a gun before.

We start at the beginner level. There is no prior knowledge you need to be successful. You are coming to class to have us TEACH you. So don’t try to prepare and learn it all before.

Actually, we find that often the complete newbies are better shooters than people who have some experience!! They are fresh canvases and they soak up the new knowledge. Sometimes experienced shooters have bad habits that are hard to break.

We will teach you everything you need to know. You will walk away with so much knowledge and a new sense of confidence about handling and shooting handguns!

Nope! In fact if you DON’T have a gun yet, we strongly encourage you to wait until after taking the training to purchase one. 

If you DO have a gun, we strongly encourage you to bring it. The training will be much more meaningful to you if you get trained on what you own. 

After taking the training, you will apply for the concealed carry license through the sheriff’s office. They will run a background check as part of the application process. 

Trainers are privately owned and not government entities. We do not have the capability to run background checks on our students. This means a person could pass the concealed carry training and then be denied a license by the sheriff’s office if there is something on their background that disqualifies them. 

You can find more details about the disqualifiers on pages 7-8 of the Ohio Attorney General’s Concealed Carry Law Summary PDF. Generally speaking, the 3 major disqualifiers are 1.) any felony,  2.) anything drug related, 3.) any misdemeanor offense of violence or negligent assault

If there is anything you are concerned about, it is worth talking to the sheriff’s office for clarification before spending time and money taking the training. 

I highly advise you not to ask any trainer for specific advice about your situation and if it makes you ineligible. Talk to the people who actually process the applications. Trainers are private businesses that make money by you taking their class. They can tell you anything they want. But the only thing that actually matters is what the sheriff will tell you when you apply. 

First off, we understand the freedom is not free We sincerely thank you for serving and sacrificing for our county. 

You don’t have to take training. Ohio allows active duty military and retired and honorably discharged veterans to apply for the concealed carry license without taking a training course.

You CAN take training if you’d like to. Even though it is not required, many are still interested in taking training for their own benefit. If that is you, we would love to have you in the class.

If you are choosing to skip the training requirement, you should consult the sheriff’s office directly about the application process. Most of them have the information on their webpage. 

Because each county has slight differences in how they handle applications, it’s impossible for us to give detailed information about the process. Check with the sheriff’s office in the county where you plan to apply. (You can only apply in the county you live in or a county that touches that county.) 

Anyone 18 or older can take our training course. However, please understand that you must be 21 to get an Ohio Concealed Carry License.

The sheriff’s office will honor a certificate of completion from a course taken within the last 3 years. Let’s use an example. Suppose Johnny was 20 years old when he took a concealed carry training course on Dec 15, 2018. The sheriff will honor that certificate of completion until Dec 15, 2021 (3 years from the date of completion). So when Johnny turns 21 in November 2019 he will still have plenty of time to use that certificate of completion to apply for the license before it is expired. Johnny could apply for his concealed license on the day of his 21st birthday if he was in a hurry.

Sometimes parents taking the course want their 18, 19 or 20 year old child to go through the course with them to learn about gun safety even though they aren’t old enough to get the license yet. This is a great idea and we encourage it.

*Please note: Anyone under 21 would not be legally able to transport a gun to class. This is no problem at all. They will revert to using one of our .22s. If a friend or family member 21+ is also attending the class that day, they can transport a gun for the underage person.

We do require full payment ahead of time. There is alot that goes into class day preparation on our end. We prepare paperwork specific to each student, make folders for each student, print certificates and hire lots of instructors to assist. 

It doesn’t have to be your billing information for the online transactions. So if you can give the cash to a friend or family member and use their card for the billing section that works just fine. 

We do not have a storefront location for doing in person transactions. We pay to rent the classroom space only for class days. 

Just like the BMV is the only place that can issue a driver’s license, the sheriff’s office is the only entity that can issue an Ohio concealed carry license.

To get a concealed carry license in Ohio you must take an 8 hour training course. Then you use your certificate of completion as proof of completing the training requirement when applying with the sheriff’s office. 

Think of taking our course like taking a drivers ed course. There is no drivers ed school that can issue drivers licenses. Likewise, there is no concealed carry training courses that can issue an Ohio Concealed Carry License. Your first step will be to complete the training and your second step will be to apply at the sheriff’s office in the county you live in or an adjacent county.

When you apply through the sheriff’s office for the license there will be an additional fee you pay to them. Please contact your local sheriff’s office for any questions you may have about the license process as each county does things differently.  Any information we put here could be different in your county.  

It is a 5 year license and there is no retraining required to renew your Ohio CCW license. You will be able to renew directly with the sheriff’s office without taking additional training. (Although, additional training is always a good idea since shooting is a perishable skill!)

The term used to refer to what states honor other states’ licenses is reciprocity. The Ohio concealed carry license is currently honored in 39 states. (This number changes so always be sure to verify reciprocity before traveling with your concealed carry firearm!)

The Ohio Attorney General’s site has a clickable map that shows you which states honor the Ohio concealed carry license.

There is just one type of Ohio Concealed Carry License. Everyone get the same license. There are NOT different levels or types of Ohio CCW licenses that include more or less states.

We choose not to train pregnant women on our range because of the potential for hearing damage to the baby and the exposure to toxic substances that are a unavoidable part of shooting.

However, you are welcome to complete the 6 hour classroom portion even while pregnant! It’s actually a great idea to get the 6 hour portion done while pregnant. After delivering the baby, you can come back to complete the 2 hour range portion. Since it is sometimes hard for a mom to be away from a newborn for an extended day, many pregnant women find this to be a convenient option.

*Please note you will not be able to apply for your Ohio Concealed Carry License until after you have completed both the classroom and range time.

*There are no additional fees involved. You would pay the class fee in full for the initial classroom time. You wouldn’t owe anything when you came back to complete the range portion. We keep your paperwork on file so we know exactly what you need to complete when you come back.

There are 2 time frames that are easy to confuse:

1.) You have 3 years from the date of completing the course to apply for the license. In other words, the sheriff requires you show proof of completing an approved training course within the last 3 years. Example: if you took the course on March 26, 2020 you would be able to use that certificate of completion to apply for a license until March 26, 2023. After that time frame, if you had not applied for your license you would be back to square one and need to repeat training.

2.) The concealed carry license itself is a 5 year license. When the 5 years are up and it is time to renew, there is no retraining requirement. You will just go through the sheriff’s office to submit an application again. Sometimes they need to see a copy of your original certificate of completion and sometimes they don’t. We offer digital replacement certificates for $10 but you should clarify with the sheriff’s office if they need/want it first.

We offer 3 CCW class formats

Hybrid Zoom Women's Only In Person

You are in good hands!

Helping you get quality training is why we exist. 

We go above and beyond to make Armed2Defend’s training the best Ohio concealed carry training.

You’re going to love your training experience! 🧡