Course Type: Trainer Development

NRA Pistol Instructor Course

The instructor course teaches you how to teach others to shoot using the NRA's lesson plans and the training standards of the National Rifle Association.
Course length: 16 hours.


Instructor Candidate Requirements

Possession of basic firearm safety and shooting skills is a prerequisite for certification as an NRA instructor. This course is NOT designed to improve your shooting skills. Learn more below...

Pistol Instructor Candidate Requirements

COURSE PREREQUISITE: (Updated August 28, 2020)

Successful completion of one of the following:
1.) the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting - Instructor Led Training (ILT) course (released April 4, 2017),
2.) the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting course (offered up to May 2016.),
3.) the NRA Distance Learning Basics of Pistol Shooting course,
4.) the NRA Blended Basics of Pistol Shooting course.

Course Synopsis: The NRA Pistol Instructor course is a trainer development course and is presented in two parts: NRA Basic Instructor Training course (6 Hours), and NRA Pistol Instructor Training course (10 Hours). 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, preparing a budget, and finally preparing to teach. Role playing is a major part of an instructor course where the candidates take turns conducting portions of the course to other candidates who play the role as basic students. The **course is conducted with a minimum of four (4) candidates. NRA membership is not required, but is recommended. Joining prior to the course date will facilitate the credentialing process for you. Click the following link to: JOIN THE NRA.

Candidate and Course Requirements: The prospective instructor candidate must:
1.) have successfully completed one of the following courses: a.) the Basics of Pistol Shooting - Instructor Led Training (ILT) course (Released April 4, 2017), b.) the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting course format (offered up to May 2016.), c.) the Distance Learning Basics of Pistol Shooting or d.) the Blended Basics of Pistol Shooting course. The completion of the Basics of Pistol Shooting written examination as a condition to attend maybe required.
2.) complete and submit the Pre-Course Questionnaire. The questionnaire can be completed on-line here:  Pre-course Questionnaire.
3.) successfully complete the Pre-Course Pistol Handling and Qualification prior to the course start date (Click to download Pre-Course Qualification Document here or below). a.) Candidates will shoot any gun of their choice, regardless of action, caliber, and sights (red dot sights are allowed, laser devices are prohibited); using an NRA Instructor Training Qualification Target at a distance of 45 feet (15 Yards). Note: The target is included in the Pre-Course Qualification Document download. b.) Alternatively, candidates may provide documented proof of Classified Sharpshooter or better in NRA Conventional or Action Pistol, Classified Marksman or better in International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) or Classified “C” or better in US Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) / International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) or a certification as an NRA LEAD Handgun/Shotgun or Tactical Handgun certified instructor.
4.) demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to organize. conduct and supervise safe shooting activities and range operations.
5.) be intimately familiar with each pistol's action type which include: the single-action revolver, the double-action revolver and the semi-automatic pistol.
6.) complete the NRA Basic Instructor Training and NRA Basic Pistol Course Instructor examinations with a minimum score of ninety (90) percent.
7.) attend and participate in both of the days' lessons.
8.) finalize the credentialing process at within 30 days after the course report was submitted.

**NRA policy requires that there be at least four (4) participants for the course to be held.

Equipment, Clothing, Fee and Payment

Equipment: The instructor candidate is responsible for providing their own eye protection, ear protection, ammunition, and pistol for the pre-course qualification. Targets will be provided. The pre-course qualification consists of twenty (20) rounds. Pistols with Red Dot sights mounted to them, that contain an aiming reticle within the sights are allowed. Use of lasers that project onto the target are prohibited.

Clothing: Please wear closed toe shoes (no flip flops or sandals), a crew neck (T-shirt) or button-up shirt (no low-cut neckline). Long pants are recommended, but not required. You may also want to bring a baseball cap or a billed hat. During the live fire exercises, there will be hot brass being ejected from the pistols which may bounce onto you. This clothing will offer you the best protection.

Course Fee Information: The course fee is $250.00 per student.

Payment Options: Accepted forms of payment are: personal check or USPS Money order (Made payable to: Robert D. Soule, Jr.), cash (exact change please). The course fee is expected upon issuance of the course completion certificate.

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