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What makes our gunsmithing program special?

There are many schools now offering to teach how to maintain, troubleshoot, repair, and modify firearms. What makes Yavapai College different is the depth and breadth of in-person instruction, born from the 30-year history of the program, and the student-service focus of onsite faculty. Students will receive 2500 hours of hands-on lab time plus instruction of the intricacies of various models of rifles, shotguns, and pistols. Students will also build their own firearms and learn how to market, sell, and bill their expertise.

If you want to learn a profession, not a hobby,
call (928) 776-2014 or email gunsmithing@yc.edu.

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(928) 717-7777
(800) 922-6787


The Gunsmithing degree program prepares students for employment in entry-level positions in firearm and metal industries.

Note: Special admission to this program is required. Students should contact an academic advisor or the program director for detailed information.


The Gunsmithing certificate prepares the student for direct employment as a gunsmith in an established shop.

Note: There is a special admission process for this program. Prospective students should contact an academic advisor for detailed information.

Short Term Certificates

The Advanced Gunsmithing certificate prepares students with highly specialized training in their choice in the areas of CNC machining, competition firearms, and guild firearms production.

Note: Special admission to this program is required. Students should contact an academic advisor or the program director for detailed information.

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