UPDATED APRIL 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 the elearning Self Study module of the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Course this is also referred to as Phase I, – you must pass with both at least a 90%.

Click here to be taken directly to the Basic Pistol Online course registration page
(this is required for all new Pistol Instructor Candidates)

NRA Instructor Info:

About the NRA:
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.

Instructor training courses are conducted by NRA Appointed Training Counselors. Training Counselors are active and experienced instructors who have completed additional training and have been certified by NRA to train experienced shooters to teach others to shoot.

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), 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; 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.
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%).
Instructor ratings are available to conduct the following NRA courses:

Basic Pistol Shooting
Personal Protection in the Home
Personal Protection Outside the Home
Basic Rifle Shooting
Basic Shotgun Shooting
Basic Muzzleloading Pistol
Basic Muzzleloading Rifle
Basic Muzzleloading Shotgun
Home Firearm Safety
Metallic Cartridge Reloading
Shotgun Shell Reloading
Range Safety Officer

NRA Certified Instructors provide an invaluable service in their communities by training hundreds of thousands of individuals annually. As more Americans choose to exercise their right to own a firearm, so too grows the need for these courses.

You can be the vital element in meeting this need by becoming an NRA Certified Instructor and conducting NRA Basic Firearm Training Courses. As an instructor, you can experience the personal satisfaction of teaching others the basics – the knowledge, skills and attitude that will lead to a lifetime of safe, enjoyable and successful involvement in firearm and shooting activities.

NRA Certified Instructors are expected to:

Conduct NRA Basic Courses in accordance with policies and procedures outlined by NRA
Uphold the quality and integrity of national firearm safety and training standards established by NRA
Promote firearm safety and the shooting sports
Report training data to NRA

If you want to become a Nevada Approved CCW Instructor and are are basing your application on NRA Training, you must complete the following NRA Courses.

NRA Pistol Instructor
NRA Personal Protection inside the Home Instructor
NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home Student
NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home Instructor

Below is not mandated but highly recommended

NRA Range Safety Officer ​

If you have more questions please feel free to call us at 775-350-7800 or email by clicking here

UPCOMING CLASSES

Become an instructor for any of the below listed NRA courses by signing up today

See the training schedule below for our upcoming student and Instructor courses.

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NRA B.I.T.
(Basic Instructor Training)

This course develops NRA Certified Instructors who possess the knowledge, skills,
and attitude necessary to conduct the NRA Basic Firearm Training Courses.

​This course is mandated every two year when adding a new instructor discipline

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NRA Home Firearm Safety Instructor Course

Course Info:

This course Teaches qualified individuals to teach the NRA Home Firearms Safety Course to students. Please check the student course page for a full description of what the student course covers.
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NRA Basic Pistol Instructor Course

Course Info:
This course Teaches qualified individuals to teach Phase II of the NRA Basic Pistol Course to new shooters. Please check the student course page for a full description of what these student courses cover.
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NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home Course

Course Info:

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.

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NRA Basic Personal Protection Outside The Home 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.

Course Info:

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.
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NRA Chief Range Safety Officer Course

This course Teaches qualified individuals to teach the the NRA Range Safety Officer Course to qualified Individuals, and to write S.O.P.’s for shooting Ranges.

Course Info:

This 14-hour course (first 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) teaches the knowledge, skills and attitude essential to training and supervising NRA range safety officers and developing range standard operating procedures.

Prerequisite: Must be an NRA Certified Range Safety Officer. Course is presented in two parts: Basic Instructor Training 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.

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NRA Shotgun Instructor Course

This 14-hour course teaches the knowledge, skills and attitude essential to organizing, promoting and teaching NRA’s Basic Shotgun

Course Info:

14-hour course (first 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) teaches the knowledge, skills and attitude essential to training and supervising NRA’s Basic sHOTGUNS Shooting courses.

Prerequisite: Possession of basic firearm safety and shooting skills is required 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. .

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 Shotgun Instructor Candidate Packet, and NRA Basic Shotgun Shooting course student packet.

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NRA Rifle Instructor Course
This 16-hour course teaches the knowledge, skills and attitude essential to organizing, promoting and teaching NRA’s Basic Rifle Shooting course.

Course Info:

16-hour course (first 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​​ teaches the knowledge, skills and attitude essential to training and supervising NRA’s Basic Rifle Shooting courses.​

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.
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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 Rifle Shooting Instructor Candidate Packet and NRA Basic Rifle Shooting course student packet