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 sixteen (16) hours in duration. Candidates must possess and demonstrate a solid background in firearm safety and shooting skills acquired through previous firearm training and/or previous shooting experience.
Basic Instructor Training (BIT): 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 NRA Counselor teaching the course will provide all materials necessary to complete the course. The NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Instructor Training (ILT) and Blended ILT Lesson Plans will be emailed to each candidate and must be printed by said candidate and brought to class. Instructor candidates will use these materials during the in-person training. Role-playing is a major part of the NRA Pistol Instructor Course and instructor candidates will take turns conducting portions of the course to other instructor candidates. 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 while instructing other instructor candidates.
Candidates must score a 90% or higher on the written examination.
- Your favorite handgun(s) (revolver and/or semi-automatic)
- Two hundred (200) rounds of handgun ammo: One hundred (100) rounds for the revolver and one hundred (100) rounds for the semi-automatic
- Shooting glasses, hearing protection, and a baseball cap
- Handgun cleaning kit
- A student must not have been convicted of any felony or family violence offense.
- A student must not have any felony or family violence charges pending.
- Students must be legally eligible to possess and transport a firearm.