Michigan CPL Study Guide

              A  CPL Learning Management System


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 CPL Class Preparation and Legal Update Study Guide


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Phone and text 248-309-9579


subject: renewal prep program


 2 min introduction video

  Failure do to lack of preparation can be a cruel teacher when there is no chance of repeating the lesson.


The CPL Learning Management System


The course is designed to present all class material in one location with easy to use formats that will encourage user participation.

 This program will -

1. Extend your study time

2. Increase your knowledge and skills 

3. Helps overcomes the limitations of class time presentations

4. Help bring your renewal up to and above new standards





CPL Study program outline and introduction

This program meets and exceeds the renewal "three hours of required review"  for the legal Update Program.   

The program contains 3 study groups and matching tests.

Each designed for specific topics and a matching test.

The test creates the ability to asses applicant knowledge and locate errors or misconceptions in a specific study group.

The study groups and test are:

1. CPL Firearms Laws 30 questions

2. Use of Force -14 questions

3. Handgun Safety and Shooting Skills 15 questions



 Program Proceedure

 First do not let the presentation overwhelm you, this is not a time restricted program.   Take your time to study !

 The material is laid out in the order of use with the study content and test as a group.
 Most used websites and Supplemental documents are supplied for the users

 The program takes about 3 hours + to complete if all material is reviewed.

  Complete a group and submit the test.

  The test will be checked and returned to the applicant with notes as necessary.

  When the set of test are completed you will be sent a PDF copy of the training certificate with the tests.

    An original certificate will follow in the mail.   



     Most used website reference source

  Michigan attorney general
  ATF registration
Michigan Legislature

  Michigan State Police web site


 Homeland Security
 Us Customs and Border Patrol

 Support Documents

Definitions - Firearms law and legal liability

Legal Resources for Police Officers

MSP Legal Updates

Subscribe to Legal Updates via email

Criminal Law and Procedure Manual



 1. CPL Firearms Law Section

The Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) is responsible for certifying firearm instructors and instructional programs for the purpose of providing pistol safety training to concealed pistol license applicants as required in Public Act 381 of 2000. Individuals may also receive this training through a state or national firearm training organization (e.g. NRA).

Course Requirements

The pistol safety training course required under Michigan law must be a program certified by this state or a national or state firearms training organization and provide at least eight hours of instruction.

Instructor Requirements
The instructor shall be certified by this state or a national organization to teach the eight-hour pistol safety training course required by Michigan law



We (HGTS ) are NRA Certified Instructors and teach the NRA (Personal Protection in the Home) state approved class.


  Michigan CPL Introduction Video run time 17 min

 The video was produced in 2007 and needs the updates below 

  CPL Update Documents 1-10

  1.Firearms laws of Michigan (PDF Manual)-----  4 - 2018 edition

 2. Pepper Spray Laws update ----------------------------     4- 2018

3. MSP CPL processing procedure -------------------- --  12-2-2017

4. Concealed Pistol Application Form ------------------    12-1-2015

5. Concealed Pistol License Application Guide --------12-1-2015

6. MSP Firearms, pneumatic & spring operated guns 7-1-2015

7. MSP Legal Update -  Tasers.pd --------------------------  8-13-2012

8. MSP legal update NO. 86 - Firearms law -------------  10/29/2010.

9. MSP Open carry of a pistol...revisited ----------------   5-2007

10. The Michigan self defense act of Oct 2006 ----------  10-2006



     11. Firearms Laws of Michigan 4-2018 manual edition in Flipping Book Format Publication - Check it out

 12. Selected CPL Sections of Firearms Laws of Michigan - under construction

 13.   MSP Concealed Pistol License Requirements

 15.   MSP  firearms and concealed pistol info source links


Summary study guides of all CPL Firearms law material

 11.   Class  CPL information overview    A PowerPoint review of above material -  Run time approx. 25 min 

 12.   CPL Class study guide Manual 07-2018  a 76 page manual of study content




2. Use of Force Study Section


Use of Force and Home Defense



Use of Force and Home Defense - Flipping Book Presentation


Use of Force Training Module PDF Manual


 Factors that influence the decision to use deadly force in self defense


The Mindset of Handgun Self Defense






  3. Shooting Skills and  Range Module

        Range Module Manual

      Shooting Positions Manual

           Course of Fire  

      Acc-u-check Target system - Transfer classroom skills to the range

           Handgun operation and Range Preparation videos  6 videos listed below

          1. Trigger Actions -  10 min

          2. Shooting Fundamentals - 4 min

          3. Semi Auto  - 5 min

         4. Revolver  - 5 min

         5.  22 semi auto handgun (Live fire range )   2 min

         6.  Range prep simulated shooting skills --  8 min

         7. Class room Simulated Training Options

          Total Run Time: 34 min

Open and use these attachments for self directed CPL Renewal range time

                CCW renewal course of fire and target

             Range certificate for self-directed training


Law Enforcement Shooting Skills - Time well spent on LE training tactics - added 03-02-2019

Fundamentals of handgun Shooting PDF Manual

NRA LEO fundamentals of marksmanship PDF Manual


       NRA Specific Section - For Initial CPL Applicants






           NRA Personal Protection In The Home video - Run Time 60 min

     NRA Personal Protection in the Home - PowerPoint - video support

     NRA  The Mindset of Handgun Self Defense.pdf - Video support

      NRA written test study review     The written test is completed in class under the supervision of the instructor



     Michigan State Police Contact Section

     The CPL holder/gun owner YOU are responsible for staying current on laws and CPL issues.

     You are not automatically put on a government update data base when you purchase a firearm or apply for a concealed pistol license.

     You are responsible for finding resources that will provide reliable information. There are many sources that provide this information on websites and social media. The only reliable source is the government entity publishing the laws .


      MSP contact web page

  MSP - Contact Phone Numbers

          Firearms: 517-241-1917
     Concealed Pistol License: 517-284-3700


Use these links to sign up for Legal Resources and Updates

1. MSP connect click here for connect instructions  MSP civilian updates - see Receive Email Updates from MSP  MSP Email Updates on connect website

2. Legal Resources for Police Officers

3. MSP update example - This is another source of legal dates

     Our reference sources are listed under MSP resources and Most Used Website Reference Sources below



 Most used website reference source

  Michigan attorney general
  ATF registration
Michigan Legislature

  Michigan State Police web site


 Homeland Security
 Us Customs and Border Patrol