I finally talked to them and they said I have to take their course because of the differences in laws.
Thanks for the replies.
The other option is to become an NRA instructor. You may actually find that to be a more useful class where you learn something interesting and gain a new, usable skill set.
And yes, it is
a big deal. The training requirement is a crock that is preventing a forum member from exercising a specifically enumerated right for no good reason. SC does not honor his CT permit, so the forum member will be disarmed until he can schedule the BS class, attend said class where he will likely learn little, and then wait 90+ days for SLED to shuffle the paperwork. He does not even have the option to open carry his sidearm without a permit as you can do in most of the country. If OP or his family is attacked during the next three or four months, all those who bleat about how important
mandatory training is bear the responsibility.
It isn't a right
if you have to ask permission
. Having to get a permission slip from the state is the definition of a privilege
I personally suggest that OP take the quickest, most convenient, cheapest class possible. Check the box, and get the paperwork in to SLED ASAP. Then, spend your money to take a REAL honest to goodness 2-day (or more) defensive handgun course. The state required class is bunk, and any reasonably mature adult with moderate experience with firearms won't learn much. The law of Self Defense in SC is not really that different from the rest of the country, with the only possible exception of the castle doctrine here which actually works in your favor. If it was a good shoot in Connecticut it would almost certainly be a good shoot in SC. So, spend your money on a multi-day defensive handgun class or upgrading to NRA instructor status.