What makes CTU the Leader in firearms protection?

Firearms Instructors Are Not Created Equal

Though their fundamentals have similar roots, it is their experiences that set them apart. CTU's instructor and founder Tim Barton leads the industry with 28 year of experience employed as a Law Enforcement Agent, Firearms Instructor/Trainer and Hostage Negotiator.

Any simple training course can qualify Private Citizens to receive a government issued Concealed Firearm Permit.

Notably, through CTU you can arm yourself with the tools and skills necessary to protect you and your loved ones. Lacking in these skills provides an avenue for the Private Citizen to violate the Use of Force/Deadly Force Laws; thus in the event of protecting your loved ones, you may become the criminal! See The Difference



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Meet The Trainers

Tim Barton

Instructor | Course Developer | Owner


  • Certified NRA Instructor
  • Certified NRA Recruiter
  • Certified Illinois State Police Concealed Carry Instructor
  • State Of Utah Certified Concealed Carry Instructor
  • Certified Second Call Defense Recruiter
  • Certified Illinois Law Enforcement Training & Standards Board: Firearms Range Instructor/Trainer
  • Registered with the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations

Work Experience

Title: Chief
Investigative Services Agency of the Quad City Area
Quad Cities of Illinois & Iowa

Title: Contract District Security Officer
Department of Justice - United States Marshal Services
Davenport, Iowa

Title: Instructor of Criminal Justice
Brown Mackie College
Bettendorf, Iowa Campus

Title: Forensic Photographic Consultant
Chicago Street Photography
207 N. State Street
Geneseo, Illinois

Title: Senior Parole Agent, Retired of 28 years of service
State of Illinois Department of Corrections
1301 Concordia Court
Springfield, Illinois

Title: Hostage Negotiator: NeMaT - State Wide Team: Instructor / Trainer
Title: Firearms Range Instructor / Trainer
Title: Training Coordinator
Special Intensive Supervision Unit
Sex Offender Unit

Title: Office of the Chief Chaplain
State of Illinois Department of Corrections
1301 Concordia Court
Springfield, Illinois 62792-19277

Title: Supervisor III & Board Adviser
State of Illinois Department of Corrections - Juvenile Division
30 W. 200 Ferry Rd.
Warrenville, Illinois 60555

Title: Police Officer (Gang Unit)
Central Area Police - Maywood
921 S. Ninth Avenue
Maywood, Illinois 60153

Title: Sergeant of Police
Illinois Auxiliary Police
P.O. Box 801
Addison, Illinois 60101

Title: Instructor
Chang's Hapkido Academy
230 S. Main Street
Lombard, Illinois 60148


Degree: Bachelor of Arts - Applied Behavioral Science & Business Management
National Louis University 2840 Sheridan Road Evanston, Illinois 60201

Certificate: Human Services
College of Dupage 22nd Street and Lambert Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137

Certificate: ILETSB: Firearms Range Instructor
Illinois Law Enforcement Training & Standards Board

Internship: Police Policies and Procedures; 200 hours
Department of Police Cook County Berkeley, Illinois 60137

Illinois Law Enforcement Training & Standards Board
Training: FBI Instruction

  • Stress Management
  • Criminal Sexuality
  • Criminal Psychology
  • Hostage Negotiations
  • Psychological Profiling
  • Sex Exploitation of Children

Crestwood Police Department
13840 South Cicero Avenue
Crestwood, Illinois 60445
Training: Policies and Procedures

  • Traffic Stops
  • Juvenile Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Interrogations
  • Crimes in Progress
  • Search and Seizure
  • Juvenile Court Act
  • Constitutional Law
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Death Notifications
  • Courtroom Procedures
  • Police Medical Response
  • Handling Difficult People

Richard Beck


Work Experience

Will Barton

Web Developer | Online Continuing Education Developer

Work Experience