Program Overview

Students have the option to pursue a Firearms Technician Skills Certificate, tailored to train the graduate for counterwork and sales at retail outlets and sporting goods stores. Students may build upon the
Certificate with more advanced courses and learn additional facets of the trade such as stockwork, barreling and chambering, and parts fabrication installation and adjustment, by pursuing the additional Certificate and Diploma.

Due to educational requirements we are unable to provide service to non students.

Program Requirements

Criminal History Requirements

Please be aware Gunsmithing and Firearms Technology program applicants must complete additional paperwork regarding criminal background checks to be accepted into the program.

ALL applicants must complete:

  1. PTCC Checklist/Requirements Form.
  2. Additionally, applicants must complete a state form:
    1. MN Background Check
    2. WI Background Check
    3. Other State Criminal Background


Q Employment Outlook

Brownell's, Cabela's, Big Sky Rifle Company, and Dakota Arms are just a few organizations that have hired PTCC graduates. You will graduate with skills in diverse areas such as woodworking, machining, welding and business, and some graduates gain employment in these related fields.

Gainful Employment for Gunsmithing and Firearms Technology Diploma - 35 credits

Q Tuition and Fees

Tuition Rates including Fees
Per MNSCU policy tuition is due fifteen days prior to the start of the term. For registrations after the tuition due date, payment is due within one week.

Tuition statements are not mailed to students. To view your account or make payments online go to: Student Registration (login provided at orientation is required).

A past-due status on your student account will prevent you from registering.

You have incurred a financial obligation by registering for classes. If you decide not to attend, it is your responsibility to drop your classes. It is accessed the same way as student registration. If you decide not to attend, please do not rely on the "registration cancellation for non-payment" process as a way to drop your classes.

Tuition and Fee Information
For the Financial Aid Office to determine your financial need, we must first establish the costs associated with attending Pine Technical & Community College. All budget items shown are for nine months and attending with 15+ credits per term. Students attending less than full-time are eligible for financial aid; however, budget, family contributions and maximum awards may be adjusted proportionately for less than full-time attendance. ("Full-time" is 12+ credits per term.)

Cost of Attendance 2019-2020
Budget Items Price
Tuition and Fees $5,234
Books and Supplies $2,000
Room and Board $7,990
Transportation $3,154
Personal Expenses $1,944
Total $20,322
Net Price Calculator
The Net Price Calculator is a tool for students and parents to use to get an estimate of what it may cost to attend PTCC. The information you receive from the calculator is an estimate of costs and financial aid. The estimate assumes you will be a degree-seeking undergraduate student enrolled full-time (12 or more credits) in fall and spring semesters.

How does the calculator work?
The calculator uses information on the typical cost of attending PTCC, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, room and board, transportation and personal expenses. Your actual costs will vary depending on your major, the courses you select and your living arrangements. Using family financial information you enter, the calculator will estimate the amount of grant and scholarship financial aid that similar students received in the previous year.

Getting Started
Using the calculator should take less than ten minutes of your time, assuming you have family financial information available. You will be asked some basic questions about you and your family’s financial situation so it might be helpful to have recent tax forms or pay stubs on hand.

Ready? Try it!
Net Price Calculator

For information regarding the availability of a Senior Discount, contact Business Services: 320-629-5150.

Information regarding fees

The following is a table of fees that may be assessed depending upon enrollment status, courses attempted and services provided by the college. Additional books, tools, laptops, and/or other college materials may be required and may be covered through financial aid.

Type of Fee

Amount of Fee

Late payment fee


Parking fine (second offense for unauthorized parking)


NSF check fee (insufficient funds)


Transcript fee for non-MNSCU campus

$5.00 per copy, $8.00 per copy for Rush processing

Q How long has this program been taught?

Gunsmithing and Firearms Technology
Since 1980, Pine Technical & Community College has helped firearms enthusiasts like you turn their passion into a career. PTCC’s faculty-to-student ratio means you’ll get individualized advising and training from instructors who have real world experience in the field. With an exceptionally high job placement rate, PTCC’s Gunsmithing and Firearms Technology program will set you on the path to an exciting career.

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