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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.

NRA Certified Pistol Instructor Training Requirements

Here is what you need to know to become an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor

NRA Certified Basic Pistol Instructor

Are you a handgun shooter who wants to help other shooters improve their skills? Pistols are some of the most used firearms in the world, but not everyone has the training to use them safely. With the NRA Certified Pistol Instructor course, GTBR will help you become an effective and knowledgeable instructor, capable of teaching students how to handle pistols with skill and safety.

NRA Certified Pistol Instructor Training Course with GTBR

What You Will Learn

This training course is broken down into two parts. The first part is Basic Instructor Training, which covers how to be an effective NRA certified instructor. You will learn:
• NRA Policies and Procedures
• Basic Public Speaking Skills
• Training Methods and Aids
• Using a Training Team
• Organization and Budget

The second part covers the specifics of teaching shooting skills as they relate to handguns. You will be certified to teach these topics and others:
• Range Safety
• Pistol Knowledge and Safe Gun Handling
• Ammunition Knowledge
• The Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting
• Shooting Positions and Shooting Qualifications
• Scoring Targets
• Selecting and Maintaining Your Pistol

The Prerequisites

In order to undertake the NRA Certified Pistol Instructor Training Course at GTBR, you need to know the basics of firearm safety and have a measure of proficiency in shooting skills. There are pre-course assessment exercises (see link at the bottom of this page) to ensure you have a suitable background in firearms.

You also need to take and pass the student course NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Course.

What to Expect

The course is split into two sections, the NRA Basic Instructor Training and the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Instructor Course.

When you take the NRA Basic Instructor Training, you will be an Instructor Candidate. This section involves no shooting. You will learn the skills necessary to not only teach in a classroom but also how to manage one. You will learn how to work with other trainers as a team as well as how to use training aids. Some paperwork is involved, such as student packets and lesson plans.

The NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Instructor Course is more hands-on and involves some live-fire range time. Before that is classroom instruction with dummy ammunition where you will learn proper operation, maintenance, storage, and shooting fundamentals for revolvers and semi-automatic handguns. You will also learn how to appropriately select both pistols and ammunition. Marksmanship and range safety are also covered.

After that, you will head to the range to test your skills and undergo nationally standardized shooting qualification.

You will receive the NRA Basics of Shooting handbook and a certificate bearing the signature of the NRA Secretary and your NRA Certified Instructor.

How You Benefit

Completing the NRA Certified Pistol Instructor course will equip you with the skills necessary to teach students how to safely use a handgun. It also includes training material on how to teach as well as how to organize a course of your own.

Many states require the certifications from this course in order to become a Concealed Carry Instructor in that state. You can find state-specific information here to become a Concealed Carry Instructor in your state.

There are millions of gun owners in America, and more every day. Many of those firearms are pistols, however, training is rarely included in the new gun package. The opportunities for firearm teachers are ever expanding, and NRA certification is the standard. The skills you will be able to teach after finishing this course will keep families safe and keep bullets on-target.

If you want to teach other disciplines as well, such as rifles, you will need to take those specific courses. Having completed this course you will not need to take the NRA Basic Instructor Training course again, as long as less than two years have passed.

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