NRA Instructor Certification Classes

 

     The NRA is in the process of revamping their entire training curriculum.  In the future all NRA classes will have the classroom portion completed by the student through distance learning technology, on line.  NRA instructors will only teach the range portion of these classes.  Until this transformation is complete in 2015 and the new training programs are available, we have suspended all NRA instructor certification class offerings.  The current NRA Instructor candidate development  programs have not been updated yet for this change.

 

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, which were just updated for 2010.

All of that translates to a process that goes like this:

Our instructor candidates register for one of our NRA Instructor Training classes (pistol, rifle, shotgun, personal protection in the home, etc.) and pay a $100.00 deposit 

We mail the prospective student a copy of the NRA student handbook for the discipline they are working toward so they can study for their written pre-test, we also send along a copy of the shooting and gun handling practical test requirements to guide their practice and assess their skill level to insure they are ready for the practical test. 

About two weeks prior to the instructor class they attend a formal testing session and take both the written (open book) and practical (gun handling & shooting) practical tests. If an instructor candidate cannot attend the date set for pre-testing we will make other arrangements on a different date/time prior to the class. 

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 including both the range and classroom portions of the class they will be teaching if they receive the certification.  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.  The first 6 hours of this class will be the NRA Basic Instructor Training Module required for all NRA training disciplines.  The pre-test sessions are usually conducted one or two weeks prior to the class.  Class duration is 18 hours over a two day period.  The cost is $275.00 per student. A $100.00 deposit is required for registration and taking the class pre-test, leaving the balance of the fee, $175.00 due at the time of the class.

 

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.  Class duration is 14 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.  The cost is $200.00 per student.  A $100.00 deposit is required.

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.  The cost is $550.00 per student for the 3 day block of both student and instructor courses.  A $100.00 deposit is required.

 

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.  The first 6 hours of this class will be the NRA Basic Instructor Training Module required for all NRA training disciplines.  The pre-test sessions are usually conducted one or two weeks prior to the class.  Class duration is 20 hours over a two day period.  The cost is $275.00 per student, a discount is available for current NRA certified instructors with other disciplines who do not need the Basic Instructor Training module.  A $100.00 Deposit is required. 

 

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.  The first 6 hours of this class will be the NRA Basic Instructor Training Module required for all NRA training disciplines.  The pre-test sessions are usually conducted one or two weeks prior to the class.  Class duration is 18 hours over a two day period.  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 become a NRA instructor candidate, eligible to apply for certification from the NRA as an instructor.  The cost is $275.00 per student for new instructors, a discount is available for current NRA certified instructors who do not need the Basic Instructor Training module.  A $100.00 Deposit is required.  

 

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 $20 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.  The cost of the one day range safety officer class is $150.00 and the CRSO class is $275.00.  Applicants for the CRSO class must already have their NRA RSO certification.

 

 

 

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