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PostSubject: Become a NRA Firearms Instructor   Wed Jan 19, 2011 1:58 pm

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.

Instructor training courses are conducted by NRA Training Counselors.
Training Counselors are active and experienced instructors who have
been appointed by NRA to train experienced shooters to teach others to
shoot. NRA Instructor Training courses are posted at http://www.nrainstructors.org/searchcourse.aspx, or you may request a list of Training Counselors in your geographic area by contacting the NRA Training Department at 703-267-1430.

To qualify as an NRA Instructor:

  • 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
  • Candidates will be required to demonstrate solid and safe firearms
    handling skills required to be successful during an instructor training
    course by completing pre-course questionnaires and qualification
    exercises administered by the NRA Appointed 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 Instructor courses are
discipline specific. The first 6 hours of an NRA instructor course is
NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT), utilizing the NRA Trainer’s Guide.
During this portion, 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. The BIT is followed by discipline specific
training and will be 5 to 16 additional hours, depending on the
discipline. During this portion, 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.

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 learned during the BIT. Candidates can also
expect to learn the NRA discipline specific instructional methods and
evaluating and improving the performance of beginning shooters.
Candidates will be provided with the NRA Trainer’s Guide, appropriate
Lesson Plans and Outlines, Basic Course Student handbooks, certificates,
basic student examinations, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification
Program booklet, Basic Firearm Training Programs Brochure, Gun Safety
Rules brochure, NRA Trainer’s Examination and NRA discipline specific
instructor examination (minimum passing grade is 90%).

Instructor ratings are available to conduct the following NRA courses:

  • Basic Pistol Shooting
  • Personal Protection in the Home
  • Personal Protection Outside the Home
  • Basic Rifle Shooting
  • Basic Shotgun Shooting
  • Basic Muzzleloading Pistol
  • Basic Muzzleloading Rifle
  • Basic Muzzleloading Shotgun
  • Home Firearm Safety
  • Metallic Cartridge Reloading
  • Shotgun Shell Reloading
  • Range Safety Officer

NRA Certified Instructors
provide an invaluable service in their communities by training hundreds
of thousands of individuals annually. As more Americans choose to
exercise their right to own a firearm, so too grows the need for these

You can be the vital
element in meeting this need by becoming an NRA Certified Instructor and
conducting NRA Basic Firearm Training Courses.
As an instructor,
you can experience the personal satisfaction of teaching others the
basics – the knowledge, skills and attitude that will lead to a lifetime
of safe, enjoyable and successful involvement in firearm and shooting

NRA Certified Instructors are expected to:

  • Conduct NRA Basic Courses in accordance with policies and procedures outlined by NRA
  • Uphold the quality and integrity of national firearm safety and training standards established by NRA
  • Promote firearm safety and the shooting sports
  • Report training data to NRA
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