It isn’t cool to register for a class and not show up. MDFI conducts its business through the filling of class spots and though we do realize that unavoidable conflicts sometimes arise, we have had to place into effect the following policy due to no call / no shows. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but students failure to show up for classes, especially a full class costs MDFI a great deal of money per year. We require each student to accept that they have read this policy to complete every registration: To ensure that all who sign up for a class with us understand our policies, students are required to check a box stating that they have read this policy.
EFFECTIVE 1 OCT 2019: A NON-REFUNDABLE deposit or full tuition is required to register for every class. Though tuition is NON-REFUNDABLE, it is transferable (only once, see details below). Class tuition is only good for the calendar year. Unused class tuition DOES NOT carry over to the next year. There MAY be additional Range/Venue Fees associated with a class cost. Please read the ticket information in full when signing up. Those who pay with a deposit will owe the remainder of class balance at class by cash of check. IF YOU PAY BY A DEPOSIT OPTION AND DO NOT SHOW UP FOR CLASS, YOU WILL BE INVOICED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE BALANCE. Failure to pay an invoice for an outstanding balance when failing to show for class will result in not being able to train with MDFI in the future until balance is paid.
REGARDING BEING LATE FOR A CLASS: We know things happen in life that can make someone late to class. That being said, it is the student's responsibility to plan ahead to make sure that they are in place when their course is set to start. At MDFI, ALL STUDENTS MUST BE PRESENT for our Safety/Control Standards and Medical Briefing that takes place shortly after class start. THOSE WHO ARE NOT PRESENT FOR THESE BRIEFINGS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO HANDLE FIREARMS AT OUR CLASSES. This is non-negotiable in every sense of the word. Paying students that miss these briefings may attend class as observers only.
MDFI CLASS TRANSFERS:
If you contact us OUTSIDE 30 DAYS before a class start, we will transfer your class tuition/deposit to another course of your choice within the calendar year. We will move a class tuition only ONCE (no exceptions). Please make sure you can attend a class before you register.
If you contact us WITHIN 30 DAYS from class start with a desire to cancel, tuition/deposit is forfeit. You are more than welcome to gift / give / sell your spot to someone who has the required prerequisites. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO SHOW FOR CLASS/HAVE A QUALIFIED PERSON SHOW IN YOUR STEAD. When you register for an MDFI class, you make an agreement with us that you will be at class and we will have a spot waiting for you. We will always live up to the agreement we made. If you do not show up for class, your spot was there, you were not. As such, there are no refunds issued because you could not live up to the agreement regardless of reason. If you paid only a deposit (Alumni), you will be required to pay the balance even if you did not show and did not contact us outside of 30 days.
MDFI GOVERNMENT PURCHASERS:
MDFI works with both individuals, companies, and government agencies. That being said, we know that the payment process for .gov agencies can be a pain for all involved. If you are making an agency registration(s), we highly recommend using a credit card vs check. All spots are not guaranteed until payment arrives and our classes fill fast. If you should require an invoice for multiple registrations, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'd be happy to provide that for you. If you want guaranteed spots, please contact us for private agency training courses (we do that too!).
?WHAT IS THE HOSTED CLASS DEPOSIT / PAYMENT POLICY?
MDFI brings in other schools and educators from all over the country to share their knowledge with others. Snagging a spot and then not showing up not only costs MDFI and the Hosted School funds, but it takes a seat away from a student who could have been there. To make sure that we are not wasting finite spots in classes that may happen every few years or so, this is our policy on NON-MDFI RAN CLASSES:
All seats are reserved with a deposit. Once you pay the deposit and register, you have a spot. All remaining tuition and venue/range fees are due at the start of the class paid via cash or check. Deposits are NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE to any other class. You MAY transfer your seat in the class to another person by emailing us with the replacement persons name and contact information.
IF YOU PAY A DEPOSIT AND FAIL TO SHOW TO CLASS: You WILL be invoiced for the remaining balance. It is the student’s responsibility to give away, sell, or gift their spot and deposit to another person who then owes the balance at class. FAILURE TO PAY AN OUTSTANDING BALANCE WILL RESULT IN NEVER BEING ABLE TO ATTEND A MDFI HOSTED OR MDFI CLASS AGAIN UNTIL BALANCE IS PAID.
Any class cancelled by MDFI or the Hosted School will result in a full refund of all monies to registered students.
This policy is in place to ensure that our guests who travel a long way to teach with us are properly compensated for their time and travel.
?WHAT IS REQUIRED TO TRAIN WITH MDFI?
All of our course prerequisites can be found in each course description located in the courses section. At a minimum, all students must show up to class with a valid State-Issued Concealed Pistol License, Law Enforcement Credentials, Active Military I.D. or a sworn and notarized statement that states the shooter is in good standing. (Contact us for more on this option) You must be willing to be a member of a team. We do not tolerate behavior that does not represent responsibly-armed citizens well. We include all Americans regardless of race, creed, skin color, sex, heritage, and any other descriptor. We also support the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for every American that is protected by their inalienable right to self-defense as guaranteed by the Second Amendment.
FOR ALL ADVANCED/ SPECIALTY LIVE-FIRE MDFI CLASSES, students will be required to pass the Foundation-level qualifier of the firearm they are using at the beginning of class. (These skills are taught in all MDFI Foundation classes) Failure to pass will result in 1 remediation attempt. If the remediation qualifier is not passed, the student WILL be dismissed from class. Deposit AND Tuition will be forfeit. You need to make sure that you have the skillset to attend PRIOR to the day of. MDFI Qualification Target and Qualifier instructions are available for download in the "Student Resources" tab under "Targets"
YOU MUST BE A U.S. OR NATURALIZED U.S. CITIZEN TO TRAIN WITH MDFI
MDFI also requires that all shooters KNOW, UNDERSTAND and APPLY the 4 Firearm Life-Rules of Responsible Gun Handling PRIOR to attending any course:
I WILL TREAT ALL FIREARMS AS IF THEY ARE LOADED
I WILL NOT POINT MY FIREARM AT ANYTHING I AM NOT WILLING TO DESTROY
I WILL KEEP MY FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER AND OUTSIDE THE TRIGGER GUARD UNTIL I AM READY TO FIRE
I WILL KNOW MY TARGET, ITS BACKGROUND AND ITS FOREGROUND
MDFI requires that students have the PHYSICAL STRENGTH to safely hold, carry, and manipulate their firearm WITHOUT assistance. (Quite simply, if you have a rifle you can't lift or a handgun you cannot pull the slide back on, do not come to class until you can.)
?WHAT IF MDFI MUST CANCEL A CLASS?
We do everything possible to never cancel a scheduled class but on the rare occasion, it does happen. All correspondence regarding class changes, update, or cancellations will be sent to the email address you provide at registration. Please ensure emails from email@example.com will not be sent to a junk/spam filter.
If MDFI cancels a class PRIOR TO THE DAY OF CLASS for any reason or class is CANCELLED THE DAY OF CLASS PRIOR TO CLASS START due to environmental issues (lightning, etc), all students will get credit for monies paid that DOES NOT EXPIRE and can be transferred to any class they choose anytime in the future. If the cadre must stop a class that is IN PROGRESS for safety reasons due to weather conditions, etc, MDFI will work to get students into the same class free of charge in the future on a case-by-case basis.
PLEASE NOTE: We train in most weather conditions. Just because its's cold, snowing, muddy, rainy, hot, muggy, etc we do not stop classes. Only when conditions exist that pose a threat to student safety will we cancel for the environment.
?WILL YOU ELABORATE ON THE EGO-FREE ZONE?
Heck yes. Our training courses are EGO-FREE at all times. This means that we do not tolerate any one putting down another student for their performance. You are at our class to improve YOUR skills, not race the other students. This is not to say that our classes are stress-free, as we work to push our students that are ready to take on more. We want all of our students to leave our classes having built on their competence and confidence with the discipline they trained with.
?I’VE HEARD THAT MDFI WANTS ME TO “TRAIN WITH WHAT I CARRY/USE” – IS THIS TRUE?
Yes. Let us say that again… YES. We have seen students show up to an all-day handgun class with a full-sized semi-auto and then take it off at the end of the day and put a J-frame revolver on.
We know that there are some disadvantages to shooting, carrying, manipulating some firearms out there, but if you trust your life to it, train with it.
You may find that the gun you have chosen for your defense and the defense of your loved ones is problematic, heavy, hard to shoot, or you just plain don’t like it etc etc…this is the time to wring it out.
REGARDING .22 FIREARMS: We know that sometimes all you can find to shoot is .22 ammo OR you choose to carry/own a .22. If you wish to use a .22 handgun or a rifle/rifle conversion in .22 you are more than welcome to. PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately these firearms are generally more prone to stoppages than centerfire guns and we WILL NOT hold up a class if your firearm cannot make it through the class due to constant issues. REGARDING MDFI QUALIFIERS FOR ADVANCED/SPECIALTY CLASSES: Students MUST shoot a centerfire handgun/rifle for the respective qualifiers at class start and when passed, the student MAY use a .22 for the remainder of the course. Please make sure you show up prepared.
Don’t be afraid to bring what ya’ got. We will work with you to get the most out of it.
?IS THERE ANY GEAR PROHIBITED IN MDFI COURSES?
There is – but not much. We want our students to “train with what they use” so we try to be very open to what shows up in our classes. That being said, there are some safety-specific calls that we have made for our students and cadre and are non-negotiable. If you have ANY questions, please don’t hesitate to call or email us for more.
MDFI requires that students use a holster made for the SPECIFIC FIREARM MODEL (Not a generic-fit floppy "Uncle Mikes" type holster) that will retain the weapon through all types of activities. We allow passive or active retention holsters however if your holster works through active retention, (a thumb-strap or other method) you will be required to use that feature when holstering your weapon on the line.
Shoulder Holsters, Cross Draw Holsters and Small of the Back Holsters are NOT allowed.
Approved holsters are OWB (Outside the Waistband) or IWB (Inside the Waistband) worn on the strong side or AIWB (Appendix Carry) that allow for one-handed drawing AND holstering of the firearm. (Holsters that require a user to pinch them open to holster a firearm or require the user to grab the holster with their support hand while drawing are NOT allowed).
Pocket carry, ankle carry, and other holster exceptions can be approved in a written request to MDFI via email and a copy of that email must be brought to class.
SERPAs or Like-Holsters
If you use a holster with a trigger-finger release retention system, it is YOUR responsibility to ensure your trigger finger stays out of the trigger guard until you are ready to fire. We think these holsters are a bad idea, and most often they are cheap and poorly made. As long as the holster safely retains your firearm while worn strong-side we allow it. As a grown adult, it is your decision and responsibility to utilize the retention system safely and you will be held accountable for your actions and gear choices. Choose wisely.
AIWB carry is just fine. If you carry this way, have a quality holster and understand the gravity of the consequence of failure if you are unsafe drawing or holstering the handgun.
Student MUST wear their holster ON A BELT ATTACHED TO PANTS or on a DUTY BELT/COMBAT BELT setup. (Quite simply, DO NOT wear athletic shorts to a class with a holster loosely clipped on it.)
Firearms used in MDFI classes must be in a configuration as from the manufacturer or by a certified armorer or gunsmith. Student firearms must be in safe working order and not have any safety devices or mechanisms (as from the manufacturer) removed or altered in any way. BINARY TRIGGERS and BUMP-FIRE STOCKS (and any off brand or like device of either) are NOT ALLOWED. (Seriously...just don't) MDFI cadre may inspect a student firearm at any time.
AR-15 and similar "Pistols"
These are allowed in our Long Gun classes where a semi-automatic rifle version is also listed as part of the required gear. It is the student's responsibility to make sure that their firearms meet the legal criteria to be a pistol, rifle, shotgun, ham-sandwich, etc.
?WHERE DO I USE MY ALUMNI CODE?
As of Oct 1, 2018, we have updated our website and registration system and no longer require a specific code for each alumni member to receive their discount. You may now create your own Alumni Central account (see registration here) where you will be approved as an Alumni Member by one of our cadre and from there you'll automatically receive your alumni discount on all eligable classes. When registering, make sure you are logged in and you will see a "Alumni Tuition" option when registering at a discounted rate. If you have any futher issues, please email us and we'd be happy to help you with this change. We truly believe this new registration system is an improvement and offers many great features for our alumni members. WHEN REGISTERING AS AN ALUMNI, ALL OTHER DISCOUNT CODES ARE INVALID UNLESS SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED BY MDFI.
?HOW DO I KNOW IF I'M REGISTERED FOR A CLASS?
When you are successfully registered for a class, you will receive two emails from MDFI. One as a payment receipt and one as your confirmation to include the class details. If you do not receive these emails, please check your Spam / Junk mail. If you still do not have the email confirmations, please send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. Often a typo in your email address at registration sign up will cause delivery issues and it's important we have your contact info correct so that you receive all class communications.
?CAN I REQUEST A CERTIFICATE OF TRAINING AFTER MY CLASS?
Yes, most certainly. We will issue a certificate for up to 2 years after a class date. Please send us an email with your full name, class and class date, we will then verify with our records and email you a PDF certificate.
?CAN MINORS TRAIN WITH MDFI?
Absolutely, as long as certain criteria are met.
Those between the age of 15 and 18 may participate in MDFI classes as long as their parent or legal guardian is also taking the class. If a minor is under 15 years of age, permission must be granted by MDFI (on a case by case basis) and then they can take our core classes (either Carbine Basics or You Suck! It's Not the Gun!®).
Note: For all MDFI firearms classes, young participants get absolutely no slack when it comes to our standards on personal responsibility that we expect from all students when it comes to their adherence to the Four Rules of Responsible Gun Handling. Parents need to ensure they do a thorough decision-making process when thinking about having their child join them at a class.
WHAT IF I AM NOT A MINOR BUT AM UNDER 21 AND DO NOT / CANNOT HAVE A CPL / CCW / ETC?
Great question. We think it is absolutely ridiculous that you can vote, go to war, own and carry a gun openly but somehow need to wait until you are 21 by most states to put a piece of clothing over your blaster in public. All you need to do is fill out and sign (in the presence of a notary) and bring to class our non-cpl declaration. You can find that here: https://trainmdfi.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/MDFI-NonCPL-Delaration.pdf.
?CAN I USE A PROMO CODE WITH AN ALUMNI DISCOUNT?
When registering as an alumni, your Alumni Discount is automatically deducted. Any additional promo code is NOT stackable with an Alumni Discount unless otherwise specifically noted by MDFI (see list below).
Promo codes that CAN be stacked with Alumni Discount:
NORAIN – Applicable to INDOOR classes only. Expires 1 Dec 2019. WAGINAO – Applicable to When A Gun Is Not An Option classes only. Expires 1 March 2020.