Beginning in April of 2017, the NRA has made significant changes to the requirements for becoming an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor. The pre-course requirements have become more stringent. These requirements must all be met prior to attending an NRA Pistol Instructor course.
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Current process for becoming an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor:
- Register for and successfully complete an NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Instructor Led Training course.
- Register for and successfully complete NRA Basic Instructor Training.
- Register for and successfully complete an NRA Pistol Instructor course.
- Successfully complete the pre-course qualification demonstrations.
- Successfully complete the course examination.
- Receive the recommendation of the Training Counselor.
These three courses put together amount to a total of three full days in class.
NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Instructor Led Training
This course must be completed with a 90% or better in order to qualify for the NRA Pistol Instructor course. We will make a Basics of Pistol Shooting Instructor Led course available prior to most scheduled Pistol Instructor courses. It will be the Instructor Candidate’s responsibility to register and pay for this course at the time he or she registers and pays for the Pistol Instructor course.
A passing score of 90% or higher must be achieved in the ILT course before any candidate can move on to instructor training.
NRA Basic Instructor Training
NRA Basic Instructor Training is a prerequisite for taking any NRA instructor training course. This course must have been taken within the last two years prior to your instructor training course and you must have passed with a score of 90% or higher.
The discipline specific pre-course qualification demonstrations and shooting are usually completed during this portion of the class. A detailed description of the pre-course qualification will be sent to each registered candidate.
NRA Basic Instructor Training is included with each NRA Pistol Instructor course we schedule. It is usually completed in the first day of class.
NRA Pistol Instructor Training
NRA Pistol Instructor Training is the discipline specific portion of the course. This portion of the course provides candidates a lot of time in front of the class actually participating as an instructor.
This course must be passed with a score of 90% or higher in order to move on. Additionally, each candidate must receive the subjective recommendation of the Training Counselor in order to become a certified instructor.