"In order to become a certified CHL instructor, you must meet all the eligibility criteria under the Texas Government Code, §411.172 and §411.190. This includes proof you are currently certified to instruct others in the use of handguns (firearm instructor) as listed below:
1) Certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) as a firearm instructor - supporting documentation includes a copy of your TCLEOSE firearm instructor certificate. (Must be a firearm instructor, basic instructor is not sufficient.) [or]
2) Certified under the Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1702, (Private Security Act) as a firearm instructor – supporting documentation includes a copy of the Private Security instructor registration. [or]
3) Certified by the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) as a firearm instructor – supporting document includes a copy of certificate of training and a copy your unexpired NRA credentials. ( Must be certified to instructor handgun/pistol) [or]
4) Proof of graduation from a handgun instructor school that uses a nationally accepted course designed to train persons as handgun instructors. (Applicants under this section must regularly instruct others in the use of handguns.)"
(Click here to go directly to Texas Department of Public Safety 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.