Upcoming Instructor and Range Safety Officer Courses:

October 5-9, 2020 - NRA Certified Pistol and CCW Instructor Series - Vacaville

October 19-23, 2020 - NRA Certified Pistol and Rifle Instructor Series - Richmond, CA

NRA Instructor Candidate qualifications:

  • Candidates must 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.

  • Candidates will be required to 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 the NRA Appointed Training Counselor.

  • Candidates must satisfactorily complete both the NRA Instructor Course in the discipline they wish to teach and the corresponding basic course for that discipline. (e.g., NRA Basic Pistol Course).  In addition all new instructors and instructors who are adding a new discipline must have successfully completed the mandatory Basic Instructor Training (BIT) class within the last 24 months.


NRA Instructor courses are discipline specific. During the course, candidates will learn NRA policies and procedures, basic public speaking skills, training methodology, use of a training team and training aids, organizing a course, building a budget, and finally preparing to teach. In addition, candidates will be provided the appropriate lesson plans and basic course student packets. Role-playing is a major part of an instructor course. Candidates take turns working in teams, actually conducting portions of the course to other candidates who portray basic students.