NRA INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION PAGE
UPDATED August 2017
***NEW REQUIREMENTS TO BECOME AN NRA PISTOL INSTRUCTOR***
NRA Pistol Instructor Candidates must now first complete the entirety of the Instructor Led Training (ILT) for The Basics of Pistol Shooting and must pass with both at least a 90%. Before taking the NRA Pistol Instructor Course.
To qualify as an NRA Instructor:
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 they wish to be certified.
Candidates will be required to demonstrate solid and safe firearms 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 or NRA Basic Rifle Course, etc.), and receive the endorsement of the NRA Training Counselor conducting that training.
NRA Instructor courses are discipline specific. During the 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; Candidates take turns working in teams, actually conducting portions of the course to other candidates who portray basic students.
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. Candidates will be provided with the NRA Trainer’s Guide, appropriate Lesson Plans and Outlines, Basic Course Student handbooks, certificates, basic student examinations, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program booklet, Basic Firearm Training Programs Brochure, Gun Safety Rules brochure, NRA Trainer’s Examination and NRA discipline specific instructor examination (minimum passing grade is 90%).
NRA Instructor courses are conducted by NRA Appointed Training Counselors.
Training Counselors are active & experienced instructors who have years of experience and have completed additional training. They are certified by NRA to train experienced shooters to teach others to shoot.
NRA INSTRUCTOR COURSES
(Basic Instructor Training)
This course develops Responsible Individuals who possess the proper knowledge, skills,
and attitude to conduct NRA Basic Firearm Training Courses.
This course is mandated every two year when adding a new instructor discipline.
NRA Basic Pistol Instructor Course
This course Teaches qualified individuals to teach The NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting ILT Course, Phase II of the NRA Basic Pistol Blended Course, and the NRA Simulator Marksmanship Course to new shooters. Please check the student course page for a full description of what these student courses cover.
NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home Instructor Course
This course Teaches qualified individuals to teach the NRA Basics of Personal Protection In the Home Course Please check the student course page for a full description of what this course covers.
This 15-hour course is presented in two parts: “BIT” Basic Instructor Training -6 hours is B.I.T. (If B.I.T. has been completed within the last 2 years you do not need to take that portion) and Pistol Instructor which teaches the knowledge, skills and attitude essential to organizing, promoting and teaching the NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home course.
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.
NRA PERSONAL PROTECTION OUTSIDE THE HOME INSTRUCTOR COURSE
This course Teaches qualified individuals to teach the NRA Basics of Personal Protection Outside the Home Course. Please check the student course page for a full description of what this course covers.
This 22-hour course teaches the knowledge, skills and attitude essential to organizing, promoting and teaching the NRA Basics of Personal Protection Outside the Home Course.
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.
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 Basics of Personal Protection Outside the Home Instructor Candidate Packet, and NRA Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home course student packet.