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NRA Pistol Instructor Course

The NRA Instructor Training Course helps you develop the additional KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ATTITUDE, and techniques needed to organize and teach courses in the NRA Basic Firearm Training Program.

Please note that effective July 1, 2018, the NRA Education and Training Division now requires that all Instructor Candidates must have completed the Basic Student Course in the shooting discipline that they wish to obtain Instructor certification.

The course is approximately sixteen (16) hours.  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.

The NRA’s Instructor Course objective is to teach you how to teach others in a specific discipline, and NOT meant to teach the instructor the basic skills of how to shoot.

Minimum Age Requirement
Certified Instructor: 21 years old
Assistant Instructor: 18 years old
Apprentice Instructor: 13 years old

Basic Instructor Training (BIT) (INCLUDED):  The BIT is approximately six (6) hours of instruction.  This course is not discipline-specific but is required to be taken by any student candidate wishing to become an NRA Instructor in any specific discipline.  By utilizing the NRA Trainer’s Guide, instructor 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.

NRA Pistol Instructor Course:  The course is approximately ten (10) hours of instruction.  Once registered for the Basic Pistol Instructor, the NRA Counselor teaching the course will provide all material necessary to complete the course.  Candidates will be using these materials during the in-person training.  Role-playing is a major part of Basic Pistol Instructor Course, and candidates will actually take turns conducting portions of the course to other Basic Pistol Instructor candidates.  Basic Pistol Instructor candidates are assessed on their ability to handle pistols and revolvers with confidence, use appropriate training aids, follow the lesson plans and meet all learning objectives while utilizing the teaching philosophies of the NRA.  Candidates are tested on their knowledge, skills, and attitudes toward instructing other students with the proper and safe way to handle a handgun

Candidates must score a 90% or higher on the written examination.


  • Your favorite pistol, revolver or both.

  • Two hundred (200) rounds of handgun ammo.

  • If you bring a pistol and revolver then bring one hundred (100) rounds for the pistol and one hundred (100)rounds for the revolver.

  • Shooting glasses, hearing protection, and a baseball cap.

  • Handgun cleaning kit.


  • A candidate must not have been convicted of any felony or family violence offense.

  • A candidate must not have any felony or family violence charges pending.

  • Candidates must be legally eligible to possess and/or transport a firearm.

​​Cost: $361.00


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