DEPARTMENT OF SAFETY APPROVED HANDGUN SAFETY PROGRAM CHAPTER 1340-2-3
1340-2-3-.06 INSTRUCTOR REQUIREMENTS.
(1) Public Handgun Safety Schools may use handgun instructors who are a full time, salaried, POST certified law enforcement officer approved as a firearms instructor by the chief administrative officer of his or her agency and who conducts Handgun Safety Courses for his/her agency or another Public Handgun Safety School.
(2) Private Handgun Safety Schools shall use instructors which must meet the following minimum qualifications:
(a) Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age;
(b) Shall not have been convicted of a felony or any drug or alcohol related offense in the past ten (10) years;
(c) Shall submit proof of the completion of a Department approved firearm/handgun instructors training course; and,
1. Approved instructor training courses include, but are not limited to, those instructed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), National Sheriff’s Association (NSA), International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Police Officers Standards of Training (POST), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) and others approved by the Department.
2. The Commissioner shall make the final determination on approved courses.
(d) Shall possess an instructors certificate issued by the Department.
1. Certificate is valid for three (3) years from date of issuance.
(3) Instructors for Public Handgun Safety Schools who instruct for Private Handgun Safety Schools and Instructors for Private Handgun Safety Schools who instruct for Public Handgun Safety Schools must meet the requirement of 1340-2-3-.06(2).
(4) Handgun Safety Schools may utilize personnel other than Department Certified Instructors to instruct only that portion of classroom instruction directly related to the legal liabilities and other legal aspects of the instruction.
Authority: T.C.A. §§4-3-2009 and 39-17-1351. Administrative History: Original rule filed January 25, 1995; effective April 10, 1995. Amendment filed September 16, 1996; effective January 28, 1997.
(Click here to go directly to the state of Tennessee Concealed Carry Instructor regulation page for more detailed information)
The courses that qualify you are offered by GTBR as a course block for your convenience and are as follows:
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. This course is recommended, but not required.
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 INSTRUCTOR LED COURSE POWERPOINT
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 and completion certificate 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
*Read the Instructor materials. Know the shooting fundamentals taught in those materials. Practice your qualifications BEFORE you come.
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 NRA 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.