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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 Tennessee Concealed Carry Instructor

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



(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)

~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.