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Concealed Carry & NRA Instructor Development

Become a Concealed Carry 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.

  • Arkansas
    Here is what you need to know to become an Arkansas Enhanced Concealed Carry Instructor.
    The Arkansas State Police require you to have the following courses.

    ~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. RSO candidates will learn roles and responsibilities of an RSO; Range SOPs; inspection; rules; briefings; emergency procedures; and firearm stoppages and malfunctions. This is the Range Safety Officer Course required by the Arkansas State Police to become a Concealed Carry Instructor.

    ~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. This Instructor course and the NRA Range Safety Officer Course are the courses required by the Arkansas State Police for Concealed Handgun Instructor qualification.

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

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

    "Section IV. Firearms Instructor Qualifications (Check All That Apply)

    1. Currently certified as a firearms trainer or instructor by a city, county, state, or federal law enforcement agency. Attach a copy of your current certification and a letter signed by an agency official attesting to your certification as a firearms trainer/instructor. [or]

    2. Currently certified as a firearms trainer for the purpose of training licensed Kansas private investigators (must be certified by the Attorney General pursuant to K.S.A. 75-7b21). Attach a copy of your current certification issued by the Attorney General. [or]

    3. Currently certified as a firearms trainer or instructor with a branch of the United States armed services. Attach a copy of your current certification and a letter signed by your commanding officer attesting to your certification as a firearms instructor. [or]

    4. Currently certified as a law enforcement firearms trainer or instructor by the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC). Attach a copy of the KLETC certificate bearing a valid expiration date. If submitting a non-expiring instructor certificate, attach a copy of the certificate and a letter from KLETC attesting that the certificate does not expire. [or]

    5. Currently certified as an instructor in one or more of the following National Rifle Association (NRA) courses: basic pistol instructor; personal protection [Inside the Home or Outside the Home] instructor; police firearms instructor; law enforcement security firearms instructor; law enforcement tactical handgun instructor; or law enforcement handgun/shotgun instructor. Attach a copy of your current NRA instructor credential bearing a valid expiration date. [or]

    6. Currently certified as an instructor in one or more of the following American Association of Certified Firearms Instructors (AACFI) courses: handgun safety and handling basics instructor; or permit to carry instructor. Attach a copy of your current AACFI instructor certification bearing a valid expiration date."

    (Click here to go directly to the Kansas Attorney General's Concealed Carry Instructor Resource 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.*********

    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.
  • Louisiana
    Here is what you need to know to become a Louisiana Carry Instructor.
    Louisiana Concealed Handgun Permit Instructor Requirements

    1. Submit an Instructor Information Form to the Louisiana State Police Concealed Handgun Permit Section.
    ...
    b. Include with the Instructor Certification Form a certified true copy or an NRA or POST Council Instructor certification.
    c. Include a course syllabus for the class that you intend to teach. The NRA Personal Protection Course [Inside the Home or Outside the Home] and Basic Pistol Shooting Course are acceptable with the additional instruction in child access prevention.
    d. If you intend to teach another type of course, submit a detailed course syllabus and any additional course material for approval by the Department. The syllabus must include the name, address, and telephone number of instructors."

    (Click here to go directly to the Louisiana State Police Concealed Handgun Permit Unit 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.*********

    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.
  • Mississippi
    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: jnester@dps.ms.gov .

    The instructor applicant must schedule an interview with Jeff Nester via email: jnester@dps.ms.gov 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.

    http://www.dps.state.ms.us/firearms/firearms-permit-unit/certified-firearms-instructor-requirements-2/

    ~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.*********

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

    Firearms training requirements--safety instructor requirements--penalty for violations.



    5. A firearms safety instructor shall be considered to be a qualified firearms safety instructor by any sheriff issuing a certificate of qualification for a concealed carry endorsement pursuant to sections 571.101 to 571.121 if the instructor:

    (1) Is a valid firearms safety instructor certified by the National Rifle Association holding a rating as a personal protection instructor [Inside the Home or Outside the Home] and Basic Pistol Shooting Course are acceptable or pistol marksmanship instructor; or

    (2) Submits a photocopy of a certificate from a firearms safety instructor's course offered by a local, state, or federal governmental agency; or

    (3) Submits a photocopy of a certificate from a firearms safety instructor course approved by the department of public safety; or

    (4) Has successfully completed a firearms safety instructor course given by or under the supervision of any state, county, municipal, or federal law enforcement agency; or

    (5) Is a certified police officer firearms safety instructor.

    6. Any firearms safety instructor who knowingly provides any sheriff with any false information concerning an applicant's performance on any portion of the required training and qualification shall be guilty of a class C misdemeanor.

    (L. 2003 H.B. 349, et al., § 571.094, subsecs. 22 to 27, A.L. 2007 S.B. 62 & 41, A.L. 2011 H.B. 294, et al., A.L. 2012 H.B. 1647 merged with S.B. 489 & 637)
    Effective 7-10-12

    (Click here to go directly to the state of Missouri Concealed Carry Instructor Resource 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.*********

    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.
  • Tennessee
    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.

    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)

    ~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.*********

    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.
  • Texas
    Here is what you need to know to become a Texas Concealed Carry Instructor.
    The state of Texas requires you to have the following courses (except HFS Instructor and NRA Range Safety Officer- we recommend them as an inexpensive and much needed add on ).

    "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)

    ~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.*********

    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.

Select an NRA Discipline you are interested in becoming certified to teach to see more information.

  • NRA Instructor Requirements
    Here is general information you need to know in order to become a Certified NRA Instructor.
    Since 1871, a major objective of the National Rifle Association has been to provide education and training in the safe and proper use of firearms. Knowing how to shoot is an important requirement for NRA instructors, but you will also need to know how to teach others to shoot. NRA Instructor Training Courses help you develop the additional knowledge, skills and techniques needed to organize and teach courses in the NRA Basic Firearm Training Program.

    To qualify as an NRA Instructor:

    • Candidates must have completed the basic course in the discipline they wish to be certified to teach, e.g. NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting, NRA Basic Rifle Shooting, etc.

    • Candidates must possess and demonstrate a solid background in firearm safety and shooting skills acquired through previous firearm training and/or previous shooting experience. Instructor candidates must be intimately familiar with each action type in the discipline for which they wish to be certified.

    • Candidates will be required to demonstrate solid and safe firearm handling skills required to be successful during an instructor training course by completing pre-course questionnaires and qualification exercises administered by the NRA Appointed Training Counselor.

    • Candidates must satisfactorily complete an NRA Instructor Training Course in the discipline they wish to teach (e.g., NRA Basic Pistol Course), and receive the endorsement of the NRA Training Counselor conducting that training.

    NRA Instructor courses are discipline specific. During the Basic Instructor Training course candidates will learn NRA policies and procedures; basic public speaking skills; training methodology; use of a training team and training aids; organizing a course, building a budget; and finally preparing to teach. In addition, candidates will be provided the appropriate lesson plans and basic course student packets. Role-playing is a major part of an instructor course; therefore, the minimum class size should be at least four candidates, with 10-12 candidates being ideal. Candidates take turns working in teams, actually conducting portions of the course to other candidates who portray basic students.

    Instructor training courses are conducted by NRA Training Counselors. Training Counselors are active and experienced instructors who have been certified by NRA to train experienced shooters to teach others to shoot. Training Counselors will evaluate candidates' performance based on their ability to handle the firearms with confidence, use of appropriate training aids, following the lesson plans and meeting all learning objectives, while utilizing the teaching philosophies expected of NRA Certified Instructors. Candidates can also expect to learn the NRA discipline specific instructional methods and evaluating and improving the performance of beginning shooters.
  • NRA Certified Basic Pistol Instructor
    Here is what you need to know to become a certified NRA Pistol Instructor.
     
    Prerequisite: Possession of basic firearm safety and shooting skills is a perquisite for certification as an NRA instructor. Prior to the instructor training, candidates complete a pre-course questionnaire and demonstrate their firearm background in pre-course assessment exercises.

    Description: Course is presented in two parts: 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 discipline specific instructor training. Students demonstrate organizational and teaching skills via participation in practical exercises during the course, and complete an instructor certification examination. Students will receive the NRA Trainer’s Guide, NRA Pistol Shooting Instructor Candidate Packet and NRA Basic Pistol Shooting course student packet.

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    "PISTOL INSTRUCTOR PRE-COURSE ASSESSMENT"


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    "BLENDED BOPS LESSON PLANS"


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    "INSTRUCTOR LED BOPS LESSON PLANS"


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    "BOPS SHOOTING QUALIFICATION TARGETS"
  • NRA Certified Basic Range Safety Officer
    Here is what you need to know to become a certified NRA Range Safety Officer.
    Develops NRA Certified Range Safety Officers with the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to organizing, conducting, and supervising safe shooting activities and range operations.

    Range Safety Officer candidates will learn roles and responsibilities of an RSO; Range Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs); range inspection; range rules; range briefings; emergency procedures; and firearm stoppages and malfunctions. Each Range Safety Officer Candidate will receive an RSO Student Study Guide, a Basic Firearm Training Program brochure, an NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure and a Course Evaluation form.
  • NRA Certified Personal Protection In The Home Instructor
    Here is what you need to know to become a certified NRA Personal Protection In the Home Instructor.
    Prerequisites: Must be an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor. Prior to the course, candidates complete a pre-course questionnaire and demonstrate their firearm background in pre-course assessment exercises.

    Description: Course is presented in two parts: 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 discipline specific instructor training. Students demonstrate organizational and teaching skills via participation in practical exercises during the course, and complete an instructor certification examination. Students will receive the NRA Trainer’s Guide, NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home Instructor Candidate Packet and NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home course student packet.

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    "PERSONAL PROTECTION INSIDE THE HOME INSTRUCTOR PRE-COURSE ASSESSMENT"
  • NRA Certified Personal Protection Outside The Home Instructor
    Here is what you need to know to become a certified NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home Instructor.
    Prerequisites: Instructor candidates must be both an NRA Certified Pistol and Personal Protection In The Home Instructor. Candidates must have attended an NRA Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home course and passed the student exam with a score of 90% or better.

    Description: Course is presented in two parts: 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 discipline specific instructor training. Students demonstrate organizational and teaching skills via participation in practical exercises during the course and complete an instructor certification examination. Students will receive the NRA Trainer’s Guide, NRA Basics of Personal Protection Outside the Home Instructor Candidate Packet, and NRA Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home course student packet.
  • NRA Certified Basic Rifle Instructor
    Here is what you need to know to become a certified NRA Rifle Instructor.
    Prerequisite: Possession of basic firearm safety and shooting skills is a perquisite for certification as an NRA instructor. Prior to the instructor training, candidates complete a pre-course questionnaire and demonstrate their firearm background in pre-course assessment exercises.

    Description: Course is presented in two parts: 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 discipline specific instructor training. Students demonstrate organizational and teaching skills via participation in practical exercises during the course, and complete an instructor certification examination. Students will receive the NRA Trainer’s Guide, NRA Rifle Shooting Instructor Candidate Packet and NRA Basic Rifle Shooting course student packet.

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    “RIFLE INSTRUCTOR PRE-COURSE ASSESSMENT"
  • NRA Certified Home Firearm Safety Instructor
    Here is what you need to know to become a certified NRA Home Firearm Safety Instructor.
    Prerequisite: Possession of basic firearm safety and shooting skills is a perquisite for certification as an NRA instructor. Prior to the course, candidates complete a pre-course questionnaire and demonstrate their firearm background in pre-course assessment exercises.

    Course is presented in two parts: 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 discipline specific instructor training. Students demonstrate organizational and teaching skills via participation in practical exercises during the course, and complete an instructor certification examination. Students will receive the NRA Trainer’s Guide, appropriate NRA Instructor Candidate Packet (includes lesson plans for the courses(s) you are preparing to teach), and appropriate NRA basic course student packet.
  • NRA Metallic Cartridge Reloading Instructor
    Here is what you need to know to become a certified NRA Metallic Cartridge Reloading Instructor.
    This course teaches the knowledge, skills and attitude essential to organizing, promoting and teaching the NRA Basic Metallic Cartridge Reloading course.

    Prerequisites: Candidates must complete the NRA Basic Metallic Cartridge Reloading course student examination with a score of 90% or better and perform pre-course assessments that demonstrate basic knowledge, skills and safe handling procedures for reloading metallic cartridges.

    Description: Course is presented in two parts: basic instructor training and discipline specific instructor training. Students demonstrate organizational and teaching skills via participation in practical exercises during the course and complete an instructor certification examination. Students will receive the NRA Trainer’s Guide, NRA Basic Metallic Cartridge Reloading Instructor Candidate Packet, and NRA Basic Metallic Cartridge Reloading course student packet.



  • NRA Certified Chief Range Safety Officer
    Here is what you need to know to become a certified NRA Chief Range Safety Officer.
    Prerequisite: Must be an NRA Certified Range Safety Officer.

    Course is presented in two parts: 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 NRA Chief Range Safety Officer training. Sessions include standard operating procedures, inspections, emergency procedures, firearm stoppages and malfunctions, safety briefings. Students demonstrate organizational and teaching skills via participation in practical exercises and complete an open book exam. Students will receive NRA Basic Range Safety Officer lesson plans, basic student packet and basic course presentation CD.

  • Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor Development
    Here is what you need to know to become a Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor.
    Women and men interested in becoming Refuse To Be A Victim® instructors attend a one- to two-day Instructor Development Workshop to acquire the training and credentials required to teach Refuse To Be A Victim Seminars in the community. The workshop, generally takes about 12 hours to complete.

    Instructor Development Workshops are taught by Regional Counselors and begin with a Refuse To Be A Victim® Seminar. In general, seminars heighten public awareness of what can and should be done to stay safe. The workshop then focuses on the technical aspects of the program; instructor expectations; certification guidelines; speaking and presentation skills; and marketing strategies.