Illinois Public Safety Training Group, LLC

9800 South Roberts Road   Suite 206 
Palos Hills, Illinois  60465

CALL/TEXT US at 708-372-4026 


16 Hour Illinois & Florida Class Fee $75 

3 Hour RENEWALS $45 


Must be at least 21 years of age and be physically able to safely handle a firearm. *If you are close to your 21st birthday you may still attend training. Call us for details. 

Licensed Firearm Training Course Illinois

In  order to obtain your Illinois Concealed Carry License (CCW), residents  are required to completed 16 hours of in person training and  successfully pass a 30 round course of fire at the range.  Illinois  Public Safety Training instructors are comprised of both civilian and  law enforcement instructors with the real world training and  experience.  


Our classes are taught on either a 2-day session or a 4-day session on consecutive days.

​The Weekday & Weekend Classes  run from 8am - 4:30pm on both day 1 and day 2. Our 4-night Weeknight classes run from 6pm - 10pm during the week. Live fire range  qualifications will be held at an off-site range on the last day of class within driving  distance of the IPST Training Center. Please note that all students  must attend both days of the classroom training and attend the live fire  range qualification in order to receive their training certificate.

No FOID Card or Firearms is needed to attend this course.

Live Scan Fingerprinting Services and Application Assistance are available on site for an additional fee.  

A  mandatory fee of $20.00 per student will be collected on day 1 in class  for the range fee which includes: eye and ear protection, a B-27  target, 30 rounds of 9MM ammo, and a school firearm for your range  qualification. Students may bring their own firearm on day 2 to the  range however the student is still responsible for the mandatory range  fee.



Course Content:

  • Introduction:
  • Instructor Introduction - Course Outline with Statistics and Trends
  • Lesson One: Developing a Personal Protection Plan
  • How Common is Violent Crime in the United States?
  • Why is Conflict Avoidance So Important?
  • Situational Awareness
  • Action Versus Reaction
  • Observing Our Environment
  • Planning for Home Security
  • Mental Exercises
  • How a Concealed Carry Permit Fits
  • Lesson Two: Self-Defense Firearms Basics
  • Four Universal Safety Rules
  • Properly Clearing Semi-Automatics and Revolvers
  • Additional Safety Considerations
  • Double Action vs. Single Action
  • Detailed Revolver and Semi-Automatic Explanation
  • Handgun Sizes and Weights
  • Pro and Cons of Different Handgun Options
  • Ammunition and Ballistic Basics
  • Ammunition & Semi-Automatic Malfunctions and their Clearance
  • An Introduction to Home Defense Shotguns and the AR-15 Platform
  • Tasers and Pepper Spray
  • Lesson Three: Shooting Fundamentals
  • Muscle Memory Explained
  • Proper Grip
  • Stance or "Shooting Platform"
  • Point Shooting
  • Flash Sight Picture
  • Sighted Fire
  • Trigger Control
  • Lesson Four: The Legal Use of Force
  • Reviewing the Legal Definitions of Reasonable Force and Deadly Force
  • Understanding the Use of Force Continuum
  • A Detailed Walkthrough of the Four Pillars for Justifying the Use of Deadly Force
  • How Defense in the Home Differs from Outside the Home
  • Defending Property
  • Lesson Five: Violent Encounters and Their Aftermath
  • Understanding Fight or Flight
  • The Physiological Reactions Associated with Extreme Stress
  • Issuing Commands and Reviewing Our Options
  • When We're Left With No Other Choice
  • When the Right to Use Deadly Force Ends
  • The Immediate Aftermath
  • Dealing With the Police
  • Lesson Six: Gear and Gadgets
  • Explaining Holster Retention
  • Types of Holsters Including Belt, Pancake, Inside the Waistband and Holsters for Deep Concealment
  • Other Gear Including Belts, Tactical Flashlights, Mounted Lights, Night Sights and Lasers
  • Gun Safes and Storage
  • Lesson Seven: Basic and Advanced Skills
  • Muscle Memory Revisited
  • Properly and Safely Conducting Dry Fire Exercises
  • Self-Led and Instructor-Led Range Exercises from Beginner to Expert
  • Drawing from the Holster
  • Flashlight Options
  • Getting Your Spouse Involved
  • Raising Kids around Guns
  • What's Next?
  • Lesson Eight: Illinois Law

  1. 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.
  2. Emphasis on 430 ILCS 66/65 which includes instruction on prohibited areas and the parking lot exception.
  3. The FOID Act 430 ILCS 65/1 et. seq.
  4. Relevant portions of the ILCS including but not limited to
  5. 720 ILCS 5/7-1. Use of force in defense of a person
  6. 720 ILCS 5/7-2. Use of force in defense of dwelling
  7. 720 ILCS 5/7-3. Use of force in defense of other property
  8. 720 ILCS 24/1 et. seq. Unlawful Use of Weapons

Students will be able to define dwelling, aggressor, forcible felony and the unlawful use of weapons pursuant to the Illinois Compiled Statutes

The Department will accept up to 8 hours of in-person training already completed toward the 16 hour training requirement as outlined in Section 430 66/ 75 (i) of the Illinois Revised Statutes The training course must be approved by the Illinois State Police and provided those 8 hours cover the classroom and range subject matter as outlined in paragraph (4) subsection (b) and (c) of the Act. You must bring a certificate of completion from a previously approved class, or your active duty papers, or a Form DD214.

Contact us to schedule Your Class Dates at 708-372-4026

Basic Handgun Class

Basic Handgun

 A terrific course for new gun owners, those considering their first gun purchase, or for refresher training.

A great first step if you are not sure about carrying a gun concealed.


Not comfortable around guns?

New to the world of gun ownership, and 

not sure where to start?

Of the three core USCCA classes, this is a great beginning.

But it is much more than simply a beginners training!

The emphasis is on gaining comfort, confidence, and wisdom in safety and responsibility.

You will learn the essential safety rules of gun ownership: how to safely handle, use, and store firearms.

Topics include:


  • Understanding semi-automatics & revolvers
  • Clearing a gun to a safe condition
  • Magazines and how they work
  • Selecting a handgun
  • Ammunition components & calibers
  • Common malfunctions
  • Other uses of force
  • Defensive shooting fundamentals 
  • Proper grip
  • How to sight a gun for firing
  • Trigger control
  • Gear & gadgets for guns
  • Basic & Advanced Skill development
  • And more!

 *No live guns or ammunition in the classroom* 

All training is accomplished with safe, non-live fire devices.

3 Hour Course, $75 per student.

Home Defense Class

Home Safety

 Interested in building your skills and knowledge about including firearms in the defense of your home?

This course equips you in firearms abilities, home security, knowledge of laws, and the aftermath of violent encounters.

 This course covers much of the same fundamentals that are taught in Basic Handgun, but then builds with more specifics regarding firearms and home defense issues.

Topics include:

  • Developing a personal and home defense plan.
  • Home security tools, planning, and practice.
  • Fundamentals of home defense with handguns, shotguns, and rifles.
  • Defensive shooting fundamentals.
  • Legal use of force in the home.
  • Conflict avoidance.
  • Violent encounters and their aftermath.
  • Interacting with police and legal system.


*No live guns or ammunition in the classroom*

All training is accomplished with safe, non-live fire devices.

4 Hour Course, $75 per student.

Illinois & Florida Concealed Carry

Concealed Carry

The best and most thorough course in taking personal responsibility for your own safety, and the safety of your loved ones.

This detailed training is designed to keep you physically, legally, financially, and morally secure.

"Owning or carrying a firearm isn't about statistics or constitutional arguments,

it's not about analogies or comparisons, it's not about the gear,

and to be honest, it's not even about the gun.

It's about taking a small measure of personal responsibility for our safety and the safety of our families."  USCCA textbook author, Michael Martin

Taking that responsibility seriously means getting trained the best way possible, and always seeking more training and situationally-appropriate practice.

The reason the USCCA training material exists is simple and profound: To save lives and bring security to our communities.

This course may be taken as a beginner or experienced gun owner.

*No live guns or ammunition in the classroom*

All training is accomplished with safe, non-live fire devices.

Here is a summary of the detailed topics covered in class:

  • Developing a personal and home protection plan
    • conflict avoidance
    • situational awareness
    • cover & concealment
    • what having a permit means
  • Self-Defense Firearm Basics
    • universal safety rules
    • safely clearing a firearm
    • learning about a gun's action
    • revolvers, semi-automatics, and modern striker-fired handguns
    • magazine and ammunition components
    • calibers of ammunition
    • care and storage
    • common malfunctions
  • Defensive Shooting Fundamentals
    • defensive vs. marksmanship shooting
    • proper grip and stance
    • sighted, unsighted, and flash sighting alignments
    • trigger control
  • Legal Use of Force
    • reasonable force
    • deadly force
    • use of force continuum
    • defense of the home
    • defending property
  • Violent Encounters and Their Aftermath
    • physical affects of violent encounters in your body
    • physiological reactions
    • issuing commands
    • when your right to force ends
    • phone calls to make
    • interacting with police
    • preparing for legal defense
  • Gear and Gadgets
    • holster styles
    • belts
    • lights and lasers
    • gun safes and storage
  • Basic and Advanced Skills
    • creating a training program
    • non-live fire practice
    • fundamental drills
    • introducing your next class


The following areas, mandated by the Illinois State Police(ISP), are addressed:

  • Firearm safety
  • Basic principles of marksmanship
  • Care, cleaning, loading, and unloading of a concealed firearm
  • All applicable State and Federal laws relating to the ownership, storage, carry, and transportation of a firearm
  • Weapon handling

At the conclusion of your training, and successful completion of the shooting qualification, you will receive the appropriate documentation necessary to complete your application with the State of Illinois.

16 Hour Course, $75 per student

Women's Basic Pistol

Women's Basic Pistol Class

When you want to follow through on your desire to learn firearms, but with the comforting atmosphere of learning with 

other women at your level.

This USCCA class designed by author Beth Alcazar can be your first step to greater confidence!

This class will often be offered together with Intermediate Pistol.


*No live guns or ammunition in the classroom*

All training is accomplished with safe, non-live fire devices.

 3 Hour Course, $75 per student. 

Women's Intermediate Pistol

Women's Intermediate Pistol Class

 This class offers the perfect opportunity to build on the basic skills and the fundamentals learned in the basic pistol class.

This is your chance to take those next steps with firearms, so you are not standing still in your training.

We will go more in depth with topics you should know from the first steps.


*No live guns or ammunition in the classroom*

All training is accomplished with safe, non-live fire devices.

 4 Hour Course, $75 per student. 

Women's Defensive Pistol

Women's Defensive Pistol Class

There is something much more important to learning firearms than standing still at a range shooting a sheet of paper.

It is vital that we learn about defensive shooting.  This requires very different techniques, tactics, and mindset.

This training helps you realize that you are learning to use a tool which may one day be used to save lives.

*No live guns or ammunition in the classroom*

All training is accomplished with safe, non-live fire devices.

 4 Hour Course, $75 per student 

A Mass shooter Threat

What's Your Plan?

Church Safety Training


Having a detailed plan against threats is essential in our responsibility for those in our care.

The purpose of this curriculum is to educate and equip organizations and individuals to develop an effective Emergency Operations Plan.  This plan is fitted to your own needs, context, size, and building.

In response to today's threats of violence, instead of wondering "What can be done to stop this?", you will be equipped to say "THIS is what needs to be done to stop these events!"

This class is a 4-hour single session. 

It begins with careful data analysis of tragic mass shootings from the past twenty years. 

 It teaches the real motivations, profiles the killers, their methods, timelines of the events, and more.  

This data then helps your group to deter, prevent, respond to, and mitigate these tragedies based on facts, not theories.

Specifics in the training:

  • 4 keys areas that must be addressed in an Emergency Operations Plan
  • 7 defined steps to develop this plan
  • Evaluating the security of a building
  • Staging a safe room
  • What is needed in an emergency trauma kit
  • 6 things individuals can do to make a difference after this training
  • and more

Your organization, or individuals attending the course, will receive a USCCA certificate of training for your records.

Every person attending receives the 190-page, detailed, researched, richly illustrated textbook to use as a resource in your ongoing planning.


Get this training

This course is being offered in our Palos Hills Training Center.

However, for your group, church, school, neighborhood, or family, this training can be brought directly to your own location.

All that is needed is a meeting space for the attendees and our audio-visual presentation.

Classroom training for individuals, $75

Training at your location, $85 per individual or rates available for group sizes.