BECOME A CERTIFIED NRA PISTOL INSTRUCTOR
Since 1871, a major objective of the National Rifle Association has been to provide education and training in the safe and proper use of firearms. Knowing how to shoot is an important requirement for NRA instructors, but you will also need to know how to teach others to shoot. NRA Instructor Training Courses help you develop the additional knowledge, skills and techniques needed to organize and teach courses in the NRA Basic Firearm Training Program.
To qualify as an NRA Instructor:
- Candidates must possess and demonstrate a solid background in firearm safety and shooting skills acquired through previous firearm training and/or previous shooting experience. Instructor candidates must be intimately familiar with each action type in the discipline they wish to be certified.
- Candidates will be required to demonstrate solid and safe firearm handling skills required to be successful during an instructor training course by completing pre-course questionnaires and qualification exercises administered by the NRA Appointed Training Counselor.
- Candidates must satisfactorily complete an NRA Instructor Training Course in the discipline they wish to teach (e.g., NRA Basic Pistol Course), and receive the endorsement of the NRA Training Counselor conducting that training.
Q) How are you able to certify me as an NRA Instructor?
A) Our instructor has met the multiple years of experience and requirements to have completed intensive training at the NRA Headquarters in Virginia to be certified as a Training Counselor. Only a Training Counselor may certify an individual as an NRA Instructor.
Q) Do I need to be a member of the NRA?
A) NRA membership is not required, however it does make the application process more efficient.
Q) Do I qualify to be an NRA Instructor?
A) Students who apply for the NRA Instructor workshop, must has knowledge and experience in the safety and operation of a pistol and have the ability to clearly deliver information to another.
Q) If I pass the workshop will I be a certified NRA Instructor?
A) Yes, the instructor will submit you have completed the workshop to the NRA which will activate you as an instructor on http://www.nrainstructors.org/
NRA Instructor courses are discipline specific. During the course candidates will learn NRA policies and procedures; basic public speaking skills; training methodology; use of a training team and training aids; organizing a course, building a budget; and finally preparing to teach. In addition, candidates will be provided the appropriate lesson plans and basic course student packets. Role-playing is a major part of an instructor course; therefore, the minimum class size should be at least four candidates, with 10-12 candidates being ideal. Candidates take turns working in teams, actually conducting portions of the course to other candidates who portray basic students.
Instructor training courses are conducted by NRA Training Counselors. Training Counselors are active and experienced instructors who have been certified by NRA to train experienced shooters to teach others to shoot. Training Counselors will evaluate candidates' performance based on their ability to handle the firearms with confidence, use of appropriate training aids, following the lesson plans and meeting all learning objectives, while utilizing the teaching philosophies expected of NRA Certified Instructors. Candidates can also expect to learn the NRA discipline specific instructional methods and evaluating and improving the performance of beginning shooters.
NRA Instructor Pistol Shooting Course
Short Description: This 16-hour course teaches the knowledge, skills and attitude essential to organizing, promoting and teaching NRA’s Basic Pistol Shooting course.
Prerequisite: Possession of basic firearm safety and shooting skills is a perquisite for certification as an NRA instructor. Prior to the instructor training, candidates complete a pre-course questionnaire and demonstrate their firearm background in pre-course assessment exercises.
Description: Course is presented in two parts: basic instructor training, and discipline specific instructor training. Students demonstrate organizational and teaching skills via participation in practical exercises during the course, and complete an instructor certification examination. Students will receive the NRA Trainer’s Guide, NRA Pistol Shooting Instructor Candidate Packet and NRA Basic Pistol Shooting course student packet.
In order to qualify to take the course you must pass the NRA Basic Pistol Course Online. You must take the online portion before the scheduled class date.
Students who do not attend both days of training forfeit their payment/deposit.
You may Click on the title of the course below to register. Please be sure to complete payment info to secure your seat.
After registering, Please complete the following:
- click here to enroll and take the online phase one course.
- click here to register for the course on the NRA website where you will print out the pre-qualification forms that you will bring to class.