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CONCEALED CARRY INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT

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Become an Arkansas Concealed Carry Instructor

Here is what you need to know to become an Arkansas Enhanced Concealed Carry Instructor.
Arkansas Concealed Handgun Permit Instructor requirements:

Rule 14.2 Application for approval of registration

(a) The burden shall be on the Firearms Safety Training Instructor applicant for registration to bring himself or herself within the Department requirements as set out below. The applicant for registration is required to:

(1) Continuously meet the qualification requirements set forth in Arkansas law for a person to be licensed to carry a concealed handgun;

(2) Within six (6) months of application, successfully complete the examination administered by the Department. The examination shall consist of the provisions of ACA §§ 5-73-101 et seq., federal firearms laws, enhanced training topics, and these Rules;

(3) Hold a firearms instructor training certificate from a department recognized instruction course;

(4) Offer enhanced training; and (5) Submit:

(A) A properly completed registration application;

(B) The background check fees required for state and national background checks; and

(C) One (1) set of legible, classifiable fingerprints, however the requirement for fingerprints is waived if the applicant holds a
current and valid Arkansas Concealed Handgun Carry License.

(b) Department recognized firearms instructor training certificates include:

(1) Firearm instructor's certificate issued by the Arkansas Law Enforcement Standards and Training Commission;

(2) Completion of a Certified Pistol Instructor Course that is recognized by the Department and completion of a Range Officer Safety Course that is recognized by the Department; or

(3) Firearm instructor's certification issued by a federal law enforcement or military agency.

The courses that qualify you are offered by GTBR as a course block for your convenience and are as follows:

Completed NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Course Instructor Led Training as a student; current (within the past 2 years) NRA Basic Instructor Training; NRA Certified Basic Pistol Instructor; NRA Range Safety Officer
  • Prerequisites you need, what to bring, and things to know.
    Click the course title links for detailed information about each course.

    NRA Certified Basic Pistol Instructor:
    This is a 1 day Instructor level course, but it does have some significant prerequisites you need to be aware of.

    Pre-requisites are as follows: Must have a current NRA Basic Instructor Training (The BIT will cover NRA policies, procedures, basic public speaking skills, training methods, use of a training team, training aids, organization and budget, and preparing to teach.) and complete the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Course Instructor Led Training as a student.

    The NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Instructor Course teaches the instructor candidate how to teach the fundamentals of handgun safety, operation, and responsible ownership to new shooters throughout the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Blended Course and the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Course Instructor Led Training.

    NRA Range Safety Officer:
    This 1 day course develops NRA Certified Range Safety Officers with the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to organizing, conducting, and supervising safe shooting activities and range operations.

    Please download and review the following NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Instructor documents

    PISTOL INSTRUCTOR PRE-COURSE ASSESSMENT

    BASICS OF PISTOL SHOOTING BLENDED COURSE

    BASICS OF PISTOL SHOOTING INSTRUCTOR LED COURSE

    BASICS OF PISTOL SHOOTING QUALIFICATION TARGETS

    What to Bring

    A copy (digital or print) of the above NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Instructor Led Training documents if you are not taking that portion of training with us.
    Bring a 3 ring binder
    Bring a target shooting pistol
    Bring a couple hundred rounds of ammunition

    This course block is not a preparatory seminar. Successful completion of the minimum course block will certify you as an NRA Trainer in the NRA Basic Pistol Instructor Discipline. It will provide you with the NRA instructor certification needed to teach the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Instructor Led Training Course and the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Blended Course. With the NRA Range Safety Officer Course, you will be certified as an NRA Range Safety Officer.

    Before you get Concealed Carry Instructor training, make sure your instructors are current NR certified trainers. NRA Training Counselors train NRA Instructors. NRA Instructors train students. If you are in doubt, ask to see your Training Counselor's current certification to verify his Training Counselor credentials. If your trainer is not an NRA Training Counselor they cannot certify you as an NRA Instructor.
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  • Concealed Carry Instructor Development FAQs
    • How can I become certified as a Concealed Carry (CCW) Instructor in my state?
      Different states have different requirements to become a Concealed Carry Instructor / CHCL Instructor / CCW Instructor / CCP Instructor / SDA Instructor / etc. Most states accept the NRA Pistol Instructor certification as a prerequisite to become an instructor in their state. Check out the top of this page for some of the states and their requirements.
    • Can you teach me to be a good Concealed Carry (CCW) trainer?
      We can help you become a Concealed Carry Instructor. How good you are depends on several factors. How hard are you willing to work at being a good instructor? How willing are you to continue your education as an instructor? Being a good instructor isn't about taking a class, it's about investing you your ability to convey that important information to your student.

      A.D.S.I. states it like this:

      1. I am committed to the safety of my students, and hold that the expected benefit of any training activity must significantly outweigh any known or perceived risk of that activity.
      2. I believe that it is my responsibility to understand not just what I’m teaching, but WHY I’m teaching any technique or concept, or offering specific advice.
      3. I recognize that defensive shooting skills, along with the drills and gear used, are inherently specialized and usually distinct from those of target shooting, competition and hunting endeavors.
      4. I will encourage my students to ask questions about course material, and I will answer them with thorough and objective explanations.
      5. I understand that Integrity and Professionalism are subjective traits and I strive to maintain high levels of both. I am capable of, and willing to, articulate the reasons for the way I conduct my courses and how I interact with students & peers.
      6. I believe that it is valuable to engage my peers in constructive conversation about differences in technique and concept, with the goal of mutual education and evolution.
      7. I believe that the best instructor is an avid student, and I will strive to continually upgrade my own skills and knowledge. As part of this belief, I understand that my own teachings need to be subject to critique and open to evolution.
    • Do I have to become an NRA Instructor to be a Concealed Carry (CCW) Instructor?
      You do not have to become an NRA Instructor to become a Concealed Carry Instructor / CHCL Instructor / CCW Instructor / CCP Instructor / SDA Instructor / etc. However, that is usually the path of least resistance and the NRA Pistol Instructor certification is most often readily accepted by the state you are trying to become certified in to teach Concealed Carry.
    • Can I get certified to become a Concealed Carry (CCW) Instructor online?
      We do not certify anyone online to become an instructor of any kind. Few, if any, states allow that kind of training to become certified as a firearms instructor of any sort. Distance learning (online training) has its place in the learning process, but physical skillsets must be witnessed and objectives met in class and on the range.
    • Can I host you for Concealed Carry (CCW) Instructor training?
      Yes we can be hosted for Concealed Carry Instructor Training and Development. Please see our Host an Event page for further information.
    • How can I become a Concealed Carry Instructor in Arkansas?
      The most straightforward way to become a Concealed Carry Instructor in Arkansas is through the NRA Pistol Instructor and NRA Range Safety Officer certifications. Complete information found on our website on the Concealed Carry Instructor Training and Development page.
    • How can I become a Concealed Carry Instructor in Kansas?
      The most straightforward way to become a Concealed Carry Instructor in Kansas is through the NRA Pistol Instructor certification. Complete information found on our website on the Concealed Carry Instructor Training and Development page.
    • How can I become a Concealed Carry Instructor in Louisiana?
      The most straightforward way to become a Concealed Carry Instructor in Louisiana is through the NRA Pistol Instructor certification. Complete information found on our website on the Concealed Carry Instructor Training and Development page.
    • How can I become a Concealed Carry Instructor in Mississippi?
      The most straightforward way to become a Concealed Carry Instructor in Mississippi is through the NRA Pistol Instructor certification. Complete information found on our website on the Concealed Carry Instructor Training and Development page.
    • How can I become a Concealed Carry Instructor in Missouri?
      The most straightforward way to become a Concealed Carry Instructor in Missouri is through the NRA Pistol Instructor certification. Complete information found on our website on the Concealed Carry Instructor Training and Development page.
    • How can I become a Concealed Carry Instructor in Oklahoma?
      The most straightforward way to become a Concealed Carry Instructor in Oklahoma is through the NRA Pistol Instructor certification. Complete information found on our website on the Concealed Carry Instructor Training and Development page.
    • How can I become a Concealed Carry Instructor in Tennessee?
      The most straightforward way to become a Concealed Carry Instructor in Tennessee is through the NRA Pistol Instructor certification. Complete information found on our website on the Concealed Carry Instructor Training and Development page.
    • How can I become a Concealed Carry Instructor in Texas?
      The most straightforward way to become a Concealed Carry Instructor in Texas is through the NRA Pistol Instructor certification. Complete information found on our website on the Concealed Carry Instructor Training and Development page.