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National Rifle Association
NRA Firearms Instructor
NRA Training Counselor

NRA Shotgun 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.

This course is approximately eleven (11) hours in duration IF the instructor candidate has completed the six (6) hour Basic Instructor Training (BIT) course.  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):  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 Shotgun Instructor Course:  Instructor candidates demonstrate organizational and teaching skills via participation in practical exercises during the course, and complete an instructor certification examination.

Instructor candidates will receive the NRA Trainer’s Guide, NRA Shotgun Instructor Candidate Packet and the NRA Basic Shotgun Shooting course student packet.  Instructor candidates will utilize these materials during the in-person training.

Role-playing is a major part of NRA Shotgun Instructor Course, and instructor candidates will take turns conducting portions of the course to other instructor candidates.  Instructor candidates will be assessed on their ability to handle shotgun(s) with confidence, use appropriate training aids, follow the lesson plans and meet all learning objectives while utilizing the teaching philosophies of the NRA.

Instructor candidates are tested on their knowledge, skills, and attitudes while instructing other instructor candidates.

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


  • Your favorite shotgun.

  • Required shotgun ammunition: Five (5) Slugs, ten (10) 00 Buckshot, and twenty (20) Birdshot.

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

  • Shotgun 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: $412.00

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