NRA Instructor Certification Classes

 

 

What does it take to become an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor?

Individuals who wish to become NRA Certified Firearms instructors must first pass a pre-test to qualify for admission to an NRA Instructor Class, this includes a written and shooting test specific to the discipline they want to pursue first (e.g. Pistol, Rifle, or Shotgun).   Those who pass the written test with a score of 90% or higher, and pass the practical skills test which includes safe gun handling, demonstrating knowledge of the various types of firearms in this discipline (pistol, rifle, shotgun) and shooting skills, will be eligible for admission to the NRA Instructor courses.

The NRA has established detailed guidelines that NRA Training Counselors use as an objective standard for pre-testing and admission to NRA Instructor Certification classes. Alabama Firearms Training Services has always had the policy of strictly following the NRA's instructor candidate pre-testing guidelines.

Those who pass both pre-tests and meet the requirements will then attend a weekend training session, usually all day Saturday and Sunday, that includes both the basic instructor training and the discipline training they want to become certified for. Passing grades are 90% on both written tests. 

The Training Counselor evaluates the student's knowledge, skills, and attitudes as a potential future instructor during the class and bases their recommendation for who is qualified to become an NRA Certified Instructor on those observations. The instructor class requires each student to participate by teaching various parts of the standard NRA basic student curriculum for that discipline.

That is how we evaluate the student's mastery of the subject and ability to teach at the level the NRA expects for certified instructors.  Attending the class and passing the exams alone will not lead to certification as an NRA Certified Instructor, the Training Counselor's recommendation is required as well.

NRA Pistol Instructor

This is the class required to begin the process of certification as an NRA certified pistol instructor.  This class is for experienced shooters with the aptitude, knowledge, skills, and attitude it requires to become a successful NRA certified pistol instructor.  

 

NRA Personal Protection in the Home Instructor

This is the class required to begin the process of certification as an NRA certified Personal Protection in the Home Instructor.  This class is only offered by AFTS to current certified NRA Pistol Instructors.  

 

NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home Instructor

This class is taught in a 30 hour block that includes the PPOtH student and instructor classes over a 3 day period.  It is only open to NRA Pistol Instructors who also have the Personal Protection in the Home rating.  Class duration is 30 hours.  The student must pass all final examinations  with a score of 90% or better, and receive favorable evaluation/recommendation from the chief training counselor in order to apply for this certification from the NRA.  

 

NRA Rifle Instructor

This is the class required to begin the process of certification as an NRA certified rifle instructor.  This class is for experienced shooters with the aptitude, knowledge, skills, and attitude it requires to become a successful NRA certified rifle instructor.  A pre-test that involves a shooting skills evaluation, a gun safety skills/habits evaluation, and a written test is required for admission. 

 

NRA Shotgun Instructor

This is the class required to begin the process of certification as an NRA certified shotgun  instructor.  This class is for experienced shooters with the aptitude, knowledge, skills, and attitude it requires to become a successful NRA certified instructor for the shotgun discipline.  A pre-test that involves a shooting skills evaluation, a gun safety skills/habits evaluation, and a written test is required for admission.  

 

NRA Certified Range Safety Officer and Chief Range Safety Officer

Any student who successfully passes one of the NRA firearms instructor courses and becomes an NRA certified instructor in the rifle, shotgun, or pistol disciplines is eligible to take and complete the NRA Range Safety Officer Certification course by correspondence.  For any instructor candidate in one of our NRA instructor courses who wishes to pursue the NRA Range Safety Officer certification, we will provide the necessary materials for the correspondence course they need to complete, for a small additional $25 fee.

For those who do not have NRA instructor certification, we offer the NRA Range Safety Officer (RSO) and Chief Range Safety Officer (CRSO) classes at our local facilities.  

 

 

 

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