NRA Pistol Instructor Training
what to expect
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.
To qualify as an NRA Instructor:
(Please read the entire process)
- Candidates must have completed the basic course in the discipline they wish to be certified to teach, e.g., NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting (Instructor Led Only), NRA Basic Rifle Shooting, etc.
- 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 for which they wish to be certified.
- Candidates will be required to demonstrate solid and safe firearm handling skills required to be successful during an instructor training course by completing pre-course questionnaires and qualification exercises administered by the NRA Certified 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 Pistol Instructor training 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.
NRA Pistol Instructor training courses are conducted by NRA Training Counselors. Training Counselors are active and experienced instructors who have been certified by NRA to train experienced shooters to teach others to shoot.
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.
NRA Pistol Instructor Training candidates must attend BOTH days at The Gallery Sportsman’s Club to be certified.
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What to Bring
- Firearms and Ammunition
Provided by instructor:
- Course Material
Basic Instructor Training Goal:
To develop NRA Certified Instructors who possess the Knowledge, Skills, and Attitude necessary to organize and conduct NRA Basic Firearm Training Courses.
Opening Exercise – How to introduce a speaker
Lesson I – The Instructor and the NRA Basic Firearm Training Program
Lesson II – Using a Training Team
Lesson III – Training Material and Training Aids
Lesson IV – Organizing your Course
Lesson V – Preparing to Teach
Basic Pistol Instructor Training Goal:
To develop NRA Certified Instructors who possess the Knowledge, Skills, and Attitude necessary to organize and conduct NRA Basic Pistol Course.
Course Lessons: Phase I
All new NRA Pistol instructors Candidates must have completed the basic course in the discipline they wish to be certified to teach, e.g., NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting (Instructor Led Only).
If you cannot find a course I will accept taking the online course on the NRA website. This part of the course is done 30-45 days in advance and must be completed prior to starting the in-person course.
The cost for the online course is paid directly to the NRA ($60.00) when you enroll in the online course. You create a personal identification number (PIN).
When you successfully complete the course, print your certificate which activates the PIN. After completion of the e-learning portion go to The Gallery Sportsman’s Club & Range website and sign up for the course. Please bring certificate and PIN numbers to class.
NRA Online Course Registration Link: The New NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting
Description Phase II:
Phase II is conducted by and under the guidance and supervision of an NRA-Certified Training Counselor.
FEE (does not include the on-line)