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Become an NRA Certified Instructor

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Thank you for your interest in the NRA Instructor Training Program. The goal of this program is to develop instructors to teach NRA Basic Firearm Training Courses according to the lesson plans and training standards of the National Rifle Association.

This program is not designed to prepare you to teach other firearm training courses (such as law enforcement, security, or hunter safety courses), nor to prepare you to develop firearm training courses of your own.

The NRA Instructor Training Course is designed to teach you how to teach others to shoot using NRA lesson plans and training methods. The course is not designed to improve your shooting skills. Possession of basic firearm safety and/or shooting skills is a prerequisite for certification as an NRA instructor. You may be asked to demonstrate your firearm background through participation in pre-course assessment exercises.

A complete NRA Instructor Training Course consists of two parts. The first is basic instructor training, which consists of 6 hours of instruction. The second part is discipline-specific instructor training, which consists of an additional 5 to 14 hours of instruction per discipline. For example, an NRA Instructor Training Course in rifle, pistol, and shotgun lasts at least 40 hours.

During the NRA Instructor Training Course, you will receive from your Training Counselor the NRA Trainer’s Guide, the appropriate NRA Instructor Candidate Packet which includes the course outlines and lesson plans for the disciplines you wish to teach, the appropriate NRA basic course student packet which includes the handbook, certificates, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure and other materials used in NRA basic courses.
The NRA Training Counselor who conducts your course will make a recommendation to the NRA concerning your certification based on an evaluation of your knowledge, skills, and attitude. You will be asked to demonstrate your organizational and teaching skills through participation in several practical exercises during the course of your training. You will also be asked to complete an instructor certification examination. A minimum score of 90 percent is required for certified instructor applicants (85 percent for assistant and apprentice instructor applicants). However, attendance at the course, or a passing grade on the examination, does not guarantee that you will receive the recommendation of the NRA Training Counselor.

Instructor certification is valid for one year upon initial certification. After completion of the first year, instructors may renew their instructor credentials for up to three years at a time. NRA encourages instructors to remain active and would like to see at least one basic course taught per year.

Certified Instructors must have a valid email address and be registered at  They must remain current on NRA policies and procedures by thoroughly reviewing the NRA Training Department Update email blasts, and visiting NRA Blog at:


Saturday, January 9th


Sunday, January 10th


Pre-Course Qualification Friday, Sept 8th
1600 West Side Safe & Gun Outdoor Range

Class will be held at the IBEW Union Hall located behind Peoples Bank in Reno.


The NRA Pistol Instructor Course begins where NRA Basic Instructor Training stops: with Lesson VI. Then NRA Pistol Instructor Training proceeds through eight lessons that teach you how to conduct the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting course step by step using the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course Outline and Lesson Plans, and how to teach pistol shooting on a basic level. NRA Pistol Instructor Training concludes with the Pistol Instructor Examination and other preliminaries to certification by the NRA. We help you learn what you need to know for success as an NRA Pistol Instructor and we help you apply your knowledge, skills, and attitude to teaching your own classes successfully.  Some states recognize NRA Firearms Instructors as being qualified to conduct Concealed Carry Courses.

At the instructor level, the candidate must be able to pass a written Basic Pistol Shooting Course Student Exam with a minimum of 90%.  The instructor candidate must also be able to demonstrate continues safe gun handling while successfully loading and unloading a semi-auto handgun, single action revolver and double action revolver, as well as safely and successfully clear common semi-automatic stoppages.  Finally the instructor candidate must be able to shoot a 9 inch target at a distance of 15 yards creating a group no larger than 6 inches in diameter.  Unsafe gun handling at this level will result in a failure without refund.  

Pre-Course Qualification PDF:  CLICK HERE

After filling out the form below, you will receive an email with further information and an invoice of $250. The instructor classes have a limited number of seats and prompt payment of the invoice is the only way to guarantee yours. You will need to bring a handgun, a minimum of 200 rounds of ammunition, eye and ear protection for the pre-qualification range session.



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