CCW Training

This website provides information about attending the NFI/KW Defense CCW Course. After reviewing the page, please select the link below to register for this course.


We suggest you have a CCW application approval from your local Sheriff’s office before taking this class.

Apply here for a San Joaquin County CCW. If you live in a different county, navigate to your County Sheriff’s website and follow the steps below:

1) Fill out an application online

2) Complete Live Scan as directed by Sheriff’s office

3) Complete 16 HR-approved course with KW Defense, Inc.

The current “wait time” for CCW approval is approximately 240 days. NFI / KW Defense Training Certificates are good for six months, so plan your training appropriately.


PRICING: $295.00

One price covers qualifications on all of your permitted firearms! No per-gun charges! Our fees cover instructors, targets, range fees, and training materials!


This class will be over two days totaling 16 hours

Instructor: Chuck Fields

Senior Instructor for NFI & KW Defense, CA DOJ Certified Firearms Instructor, Nationally Certified Multi-Discipline Firearms Instructor, Nationally Certified Chief Range Safety Officer, Military Veteran/Helicopter Pilot, and former Law Enforcement Officer.



Join the Northern Firearms Professional Staff and KW Defense for the 16 hour course that will empower and challenge you! This class meets the required training for a CCW application in the following counties and cities: Stanislaus, Calaveras, Fresno, Kings, Madera, Merced, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Stockton (city), and Tulare County.

Although this training does meet the mandated training requirements in the counties and cities listed, it does not guarantee the issuance of a CCW.  This can only be done by the local issuing agency.  Regardless, the KW Defense CCW Class will teach you how to purchase, store, transport, and use a personal protection firearm! Many of our students live in areas that do not issue CCW permits, yet they are still serious about personal protection; get the training you need to safely and responsibly protect you and your family.

There is no need for any training before we begin our day at the KW Defense Shooting Range. Shooters of all experience levels will begin with marksmanship, manipulation, and retention to use a personal protection firearm effectively.

You will be required to complete a KW Range waiver electronically and NFI Release of Liability Waiver and Photo Release on the first day of class.

Contact Chuck Fields by phone or email with any additional questions. 

Class Prep

Day 1
  • Bring all firearms and their magazines to be listed on your CA CCW. (If your county does not mandate you shoot each firearm, then adjust accordingly)
  • 150 cartridges for your primary handgun and 100 cartridges for each additional firearm you want to add to your CCW permit. (Example: 2 guns will require 250 Rounds)
  • Eye and Ear Protection
  • Small towel
Day 2
  • No need to bring anything to class except a notebook and pen. No firearms or ammo in the classroom.

Cancellation Policy

Training fees include a 50% non-refundable deposit. Cancellations before the start of the class will be given a 50% refund of training fees or a one-time reschedule of training within one year. Students who are absent from any portion of a class without notice will not be eligible for a refund.  Please get in touch with your instructor as early as possible to cancel your class.

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