1) The best approach is be a smart consumer
2) Do some homework - look at a reputable company like Cabela's or Gander Mountain, who are very selective on who they do business with. These types of companies generally offer classes at their locations and so you can rest assured they are legit.
3) Get referrals - with the internet, it is easy to search an instructor to see if there are any good or bad reviews on the instructor or firm.
4) Pick a reputable company - being on the Illinois State Police website means only that the instructor is approved, not the quality of instruction they offer.
5) Interview the prospective instructor - ask a lot of questions, find out how long they have been training. Be cautious of ANY instructors who have not been teaching for a while or a firm that hasn't been around for a while. You don't want someone who jumped on the Illinois Concealed Carry bandwagon.
6) Check out the instructors credentials/biography - the more credentials and the longer the instructor has been teaching, generally the more experience and individualized attention an instructor can give you.
Check out this article from Concealed Carry magazine which covers the this topic and more about Illinois Concealed Carry. You might see a familiar company name mentioned in the article.
Another article recently published:
This is where red flares should be going off like it is the 4th of July for the consumer! Here are three critical issues consumers should consider before choosing a firearms training provider...
Bait & Switch Pricing Unqualified Instructors Training Institution Background
- Get your CPL for $99.00!!!
- + $10.00 for book/manual
- + $10.00 range fee
- + $5.00 for eyes/ears/target
- + $10.00 to rent a gun
- + $15.00 for ammo
- + $10.00 for lunch
- At a minimum, the real cost is $159.00 to the unsuspecting consumer who expected to pay $99.00 for their CPL.
- Many states have laws that require the legal portions of CPL classes be taught by a lawyer or certified active or retired law enforcement officer.
- Some unscrupulous training providers are not using a lawyer or a certified law enforcement officer to teach this portion of the course.
- Furthermore, unscrupulous training providers oftentimes do not fully provide the state mandated minimum training hours or rounds fired during their classes.
- Your safety begs the question: What training & real world experience does your instructor have to justifiably teach you how and when to use deadly force against another human being?
- Did you know that in some states CPL instructors have immunity?
- Is your training provider properly insured?
- Does the institution teach firearms self-defense, gun fighting, or target shooting? There is a big difference...
- Will your training provider stand with you if you have to use deadly force?
- Will your training provider reputation and experience, help or hurt you in front of a judge or jury?
- If your training provider has not been in the firearms training business for a minimum of 10 years, and if they do not have an established and impeccable record as a training provider, you are risking your life, your freedom, and everything you have ever owned, to save less than $50.00... Is it really worth it?