Become An NRA Certified Instructor

NRA Instructor Courses

Share your knowledge and skills with the community while helping to protect our Second Amendment rights.

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:

  • Candidates must have completed the basic course in the discipline they wish to be certified to teach, e.g. NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting, 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.                                                                                                (If a person needs to requalify a $100.00 fee

  • 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.

 

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 WorkShop

Skill Level: All levels

Length: 2 days

Includes Range Instruction: Yes

Successful completion of this course will certify you as one of the following: 

  • NRA Certified Pistol Instructor

  • NRA Assistant Pistol Instructor

  • NRA Apprentice Pistol Instructor

 

NRA Pistol Instructor Equipment Requirements:

  • Open Mind

  • Pistol or Revolver

  • Marker

  • Eye and ear protection

  • Hat or cap with bill

  • Weather-appropriate clothing (our classes are always rain or shine)

  • Comfortable and sturdy shoes or boots (no open toes)

  • Minimum of 60 rounds of factory ammunition for your specific firearm.

NRA Basic Rifle Instructor

Skill Level: All levels

Length: 2 day

Includes Range Instruction: Yes

Successful completion of this course will certify you as one of the following: 

  • NRA Certified Rifle Instructor

  • NRA Assistant Rifle Instructor

  • NRA Apprentice Rifle Instructor

 

 

NRA Basic Rifle Instructor Equipment Requirements:

  • Open Mind

  • Rifle

  • Marker

  • Sling (optional)

  • Eye and ear protection

  • Hat or cap with bill

  • Weather-appropriate clothing (our classes are always rain or shine)

  • Comfortable and sturdy shoes or boots (no open toes)

  • Minimum of 100 rounds of factory ammunition for your specific firearm.

NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home Instructor

Skill Level: All levels

Length: 2 day

Includes Range Instruction: Yes

NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home Instructor Equipment Requirements:

  • Pistol or Revolver 9mm/.38 or higher

  • Open mind

  • Marker

  • 3 magazines / 4 speed loaders (speed loaders optional)

  • Eye and ear protection

  • Hat or cap with bill

  • Weather-appropriate clothing (our classes are always rain or shine)

  • Comfortable and sturdy shoes or boots (no open toes)

  • Minimum of 100 rounds of factory ammunition for your specific firearm.

NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home Instructor

Skill Level: All levels

Length: 2 days

Includes Range Instruction: Yes

NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home Instructor Equipment Requirements:

  • Pistol or Revolver

  • Open Mind

  • Marker

  • 3 magazines / 4 speed loaders (speed loaders optional)

  • Eye and ear protection

  • Hat or cap with bill

  • Weather-appropriate clothing (our classes are always rain or shine)

  • Comfortable and sturdy shoes or boots (no open toes)

  • Minimum of 200 rounds of factory ammunition for your specific firearm.

NRA Certified Chief Range Safety Officer

Skill Level: All levels

Length: 1 day

Includes Range Instruction: No

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, and safety briefings. Students demonstrate organizational and teaching skills via participation in practical exercises and complete an open book exam.