Career Diploma 5-9 mo

Take Gunsmithing Classes Online

Whether you're looking to start on your path toward becoming a professional gunsmith or just want to refine your skills for your hobby, our online Gunsmithing classes can help you prepare to take the next step. With flexible, self-paced courses, you can build your industry knowledge and learn how to apply for a Federal Firearms License from home.

  • Prepares students to work as a gunsmith or start their own business in the industry
  • Students learn essential topics like gun safety, firearm assembly/disassembly, antique firearm restoration, customizing gun stocks, mounting telescopic sights, custom-loading ammunition, basic metalwork, metal finishing, and machine tool operation, as well as the history of rifles and handguns.
  • Learn how to apply for your Federal Firearms License, which is a requirement to work with and sell firearms.
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What You Will Learn

  1. How to identify and evaluate firearms by type, manufacturer, history, and physical characteristics.
  2. How to understand and comply with gun safety when handling firearms.
  3. Basic metallurgy and the welding process, including soldering, brazing, and heat treatment techniques.
  4. How to work in the firearms business, from sales and services and types of ownership to licensing requirements and seasonal issues.
Full Program Goal & Outcomes

Gunsmith Career Outcomes






Our online Gunsmith Career Diploma program is designed by experts in the industry to help students prepare for a job in the field. You'll learn how to become a gunsmith, as well as learn skills essential to success in the role such as gun safety.

State Licensing Requirements

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in certain fields are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered by your Penn Foster Program. You should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where you plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in your program. See the State Licensing page for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Gunsmithing Student Success Stories

Penn Foster’s Gunsmithing classes can help prepare you for the first step in your gunsmithing career. This program has helped recent graduates learn at their own pace, find new jobs, and start their own businesses. Learn more about Penn Foster graduates' experiences and how Penn Foster worked for them.
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Ronelle D.

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“Penn Foster is career focused. It delivers as promised and the material is of high standards.”

Gunsmithing Career Diploma Curriculum

  • 6 Courses
  • 38.4 continuing education units
  • 19 exams

In your online gunsmithing classes, you'll learn the skills and knowledge that are essential to working in the industry. Your lessons include:

  • Identifying and Evaluating Firearms
  • Rifles
  • Handguns
  • Metal Finishing

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Gunsmith Training Tuition

Our Gunsmith Training Program is meant to be affordable for your budget.  With tuition payment plan options, you can choose which works best for your needs and get started today!

Option 1: Pay in full

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Option 2: Monthly Auto Pay Plan

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Option 3: Monthly Mail Pay Plan

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  • Start for $49 down
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Our Proven Gunsmith Learning Model

Empowering you to reach your goals


  • No set start date
  • No exam due dates
  • Work when and where you want


  • Engaging digital study guides
  • Easy to use eBooks
  • Practical exercises


  • 24/7 access to online resources
  • Connect with students and alumni in our Penn Foster Group
  • Engaging online student community


  • Expert instructors and Academic Advocates available by phone or email
  • Robust learning resources
  • Dedicated student services

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Gunsmith Training Program FAQs

What is the salary of a gunsmith?

The average annual salary for a skilled gunsmith can vary based on experience, location and other factors. Payscale reports the average hourly pay of a gunsmith to be $16.81 per hour or $40,486 per year.*

How long do you have to go to school to be a gunsmith?

Training to become a gunsmith with Penn Foster can take as little as 5 months, though formal education isn’t necessary to secure a job in the field. However, documented and verified training as well as a high school diploma can help you stand out among other applicants when applying for open opportunities as a gunsmith.

Why is learning gunsmithing important?

With an estimated 393 million legally-owned firearms in the United States, skilled gunsmiths are needed to repair, maintain and update parts for safety. With firearms, regular upkeep is necessary and gunsmiths are vital to keeping owners and others safe by using their knowledge to ensure all parts are in working order, without risk of faulty mechanics.

Do I need an FFA to become a gunsmith?

An FFA is also known as an FFL, which stands for Federal Firearms License. A gunsmith is required to have an FFL if they plan to profit or make a living buying, selling, and repairing firearms. The fee for obtaining an FFL is $200 and is good for 3 years. You may also be required to undergo a background check.

What skills do you need to become a gunsmith?

Gunsmiths work with small parts on a regular basis and must follow federal laws regarding firearms, meaning attention to detail is a must. An effective gunsmith is also one who is able to perform detailed metalwork, has a familiarity with various tools used in the field, and is interested in how firearms work from the inside out.


The completion of a certificate-level program does not typically qualify a student for employment. Completion of this program may assist students who have previous academic or work-related experience improve their chances for promotion or entry-level employment.


*Payscale. "Gunsmith Hourly Pay." Accessed April 15, 2021.

Statements found on Payscale are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.