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Concealed Carry & NRA Instructor Development

Become a Concealed Carry Instructor and NRA Instructor licensed in your state and promote responsible firearms use.

Select your state to find out about the requirements to become a Concealed Carry Instructor or select an NRA Discipline you are interested in becoming certified to teach to see more information.

Become a Mississippi Concealed Carry Instructor

Here is what you need to know to become a Mississippi Concealed Carry Instructor.
The state of Mississippi requires you to have the following courses.

The instructor applicant must be a certified firearms instructor who has been certified by a nationally recognized organization that customarily offers firearms training or by any other organization approved by the Department of Public Safety.

The instructor applicant must complete the instructor’s application and the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) forms. The instructor applicant may request the instructor’s application and MOU by emailing Jeff Nester, the DPS Certified Firearms Instructor Coordinator, email: .

The instructor applicant must schedule an interview with Jeff Nester via email: or via telephone: (601) 987-1575. Interviews are conducted on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9am-11am and 1pm-4pm.

All interviews are conducted at the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol’s Firearms Permit Unit HQ office located at 1900 E. Woodrow Wilson, Jackson, MS 39216.

(Click here to go directly to the state of Mississippi Firearms Permit Unit page for more detailed information including DPS contact information)

The NRA Certified Pistol Instructor or the NRA Personal Protection Course [Inside the Home or Outside the Home] will suffice to satisfy Mississippi requirements.

~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.

Upon successful completion of this course you will be certified to teach the NRA Basic Pistol Course and the Practical Exercises for the Blended Course to students.

*********Please review the pre-course assessments. Expectations are spelled out for the skill set you need to have.*********

Click the course title links for detailed information about requirements for each course.

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 (not as an NRA Range Safety Officer Instructor).

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.