ppith | Illinois Concealed Carry Courses

Class Length: 8 hours (one day)

Personal Protection In The Home (PPIH) takes you beyond the CWP and handgun basics to how you can protect yourself and your family in the real world. It's the second class in the NRA's Personal Protection sequence for civilians, the class you take immediately after your CWP and Basic Pistol class. Here's how you protect yourself and your family against home invasions and life-threatening intrusions inside your home. These same techniques protect you in your office and other workplace.

When you complete our Personal Protection In The Home class you'll be well prepared to take the third step in the NRA's Personal Protection sequence, Person Protection Outside The Home.The goal of Personal Protection In The Home is to develop your basic knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to the safe and efficient use of a firearm for protection of yourself and your family in your homeā€”and to provide you with knowledge of your rights and responsibilities for self-defense as a law-abiding citizen at home.

This class focuses on personal protection inside the home. We explain the common law concept of the Castle Doctrine and the statutory laws specific to South Carolina.

Personal Protection In The Home is complete in one day. We hold this classes in the Rockford, Illinois, area but you don't have to be a Illinois resident to take this class or any of our other classes. We welcome residents of every state.

Class Description

"Avoid. Evade. Prevail." Our Personal Protection In The Home class focuses on how to avoid the likelihood of home invasions, how to evade their deadly consequences if avoidance fails, and how to prevail in  potentially deadly force confrontations in your home or office within the context of South Carolina law.

Our goal is for you to avoid, evade, and prevail inside your home or office.

Our concern for your safety does not end when a class is over. In this class we'll give you the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection In The Home and other useful materials to take with you. 

We start in the classroom with a review of gun safety and spend the morning on vital considerations such as:

  • How you prepare for potential deadly force confrontations: mindset, skillset, and toolset
  • How you avoid and prepare for violent intrusions including home invasion
  • How you survive the psychological, emotional, moral, and legal contexts of deadly force confrontations
  • How you use the conditions of readiness to avoid, evade, and prevail
  • How you use cover and concealment in your home and workplace
  • How you balance speed and accuracy: distance, shooting positions, and combat accuracy
  • How you remain a responsible ciitizen within the law: the judicious use of deadly force


In our classroom during the morning you'll experience "shoot/no shoot" video scenarios inside the home. We'll explain how to choose, equip, and use a "safe room" in your own home. We'll provide an example home invasion plan that can guide your family's quick response to a sudden home invasion.

We'll explain how to avoid the problems you might face when you make a 911 call under the stress of a violent intrusion. We'll show you how to make an effective 911 call. We'll also show you how to prepare and use a "House Guide" that can get first responders to your aid faster while you're making the 911 call. We'll explain how to talk to the police who arrive in response to your 911 call. 

We'll teach you the crucial differences between cover and concealment and we'll teach you how to use cover and concealment within your home. We'll also teach you how to identify the "fatal funnel" that can get you killed in your own home and how to avoid it.

In our classroom we teach you how to do what can save your life and your family and your home in the real world.

After lunch we spend the entire afternoon on the shooting range. As always we start with gun safety. Then we do a shooting warmup to get you started the right way. We apply the techniques we introduced in the classroom and we explore specific needs as real situations unfold. 

Bring plenty of ammunition. You'll learn the most important shooting techniques you need to protect yourself at home and in your office and workplace. You get real-world applications.

We'll teach you the speed as only a USPSA Grand Master can. You'll shoot from behind cover and concealment, and you'll learn what a bad guy can see of you when you think you're shooting while hidden. But we never push you to do what you can't do or don't want to do.  

NRA's core Personal Protection In The Home course has six major parts. We enhance that core class for civilians who want to live responsibly while protecting themselves and their family inside their home. And we adjust according to the circumstances and enrollment in each class. Here's the core:

1. Defensive Shooting
2. Basic Defensive Pistol Skills
3. Firearms and the Law: Possession, Ownership, and the Use of Deadly Force
4. Strategies for Home Safety and Responding to a Violent Confrontation
5. The Home Defense Handgun
6. Shooting Activities

We enhance that core.

We take you as you are and teach you to win. Our Personal Protection In The Home classes are relatively small. We provide individual instruction and give individual attention within the context of that small class. But it's not just a weapons manipulation class. You don't need to be an athlete or an expert shooter or a marksman to take this class. We work with real people in real situations and avoid fantasies. You can take this class more than once if you want.

On completion of our Personal Protection In The Home class you receive not only the NRA's Certificate of Completion but also Safe Training Academy Certification of Instruction that attests to your participation in the class.

This Personal Protection In The Home class is required for you to take the next course in the NRA Personal Protection sequence:Personal Protection Outside The Home (PPOTH)

Please see out calandar for class schedules.

Prerequsites: The NRA requires that you take the NRA Basic Pistol class before you take Personal Protection In The Home. Please see our Basic Pistol Class on previous page.