Instructor Courses


Become an Instructor

To qualify as an NRA Instructor, a candidate must:

1) 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 certified.

2) 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 an NRA Appointed Training Counselor.

3) Satisfactorily complete the NRA Basic course in the discipline they wish to teach.

4) 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.

5) Meet the following age requirements:
    Certified instructor: 21 years of age or older
    Assistant instructor: 18 years of age or older
    Apprentice instructor: 13-17 years of age

6) Receive a passing grade on the NRA Trainer’s Examination and appropriate instructor certification examination:
    Certified: 90 percent or higher
    Assistant: 85 percent or higher
    Apprentice: 85 percent or higher

NRA Instructor courses are discipline specific. During the course, 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, preparing a budget, and finally preparing to teach.

The NRA Instructor courses take experienced shooters and teach them to “teach” shooting using the NRA methodology and standards. The NRA certification provides them with credibility for the skills they have acquired throughout their own life experiences.

NRA Instructor Training Courses

Basic Instructor Training (6 hours)
Pistol Instructor Course
    (Pistol Shooting Course + BIT + 10 hour PIC)
Rifle Instructor Course
    (Rifle Shooting Course + BIT + 14 hour RIC)
Shotgun Instructor Course
    (Shotgun Shooting Course + BIT + 11 hour SIC)
Personal Protection in the Home Instructor Course
    (Personal Protection in the Home Course + 9 hour PPITH IC)
    Prerequisite: NRA Certified Pistol Instructor
Protection outside the Home Instructor Course
    (Personal Protection Outside The Home Course + 16 hour PPOTH IC)
    Prerequisite: NRA Certified Personal Protection in the Home Instructor
Chief Range Safety Office
    (BIT + 8 Hour CRSO Course)
    Prerequisite: Range Safety Officer


Registration and payments are required before the instructor courses so that your Instructor Candidate packets, etc., can be ordered and shipped. Attendance is the responsibility of the Instructor Candidate and does not guarantee passing the courses. Tuition is not refundable.