The goal of this course is to develop instructors to teach the NRA's Basics of Pistol Shooting course. The instructor course is designed to teach you how to teach others to shoot using the NRA's lesson plan and the training standards of the National Rifle Association. The course is NOT designed to improve your shooting skills. Course length: 16 hours.
COURSE PRE-REQUISITE: Basics of Pistol Shooting - Instructor Led Training (ILT) course (Released April 4, 2017) or the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting course format offered up to May 2016.
Possession of basic firearm safety and shooting skills is a perquisite for certification as an NRA instructor. Prior to attending the pistol instructor course, candidates must complete a pre-course questionnaire and demonstrate their pistol handling background in pre-course pistol handling exercises and qualification.
The NRA Pistol Instructor course is presented in two parts: NRA basic instructor training, and NRA pistol instructor training. 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, preparing a budget, and finally preparing to teach. Role playing is a major part of an instructor course where the candidates take turns conducting portions of the course to other candidates who play the role as basic students. The **course is conducted with a minimum of four (4) candidates. The instructor candidate need not be a member of the NRA, but NRA membership is strongly recommended. Joining prior to the course date will facilitate the credentialing process for you. Click the following link to: JOIN THE NRA.
The prospective instructor candidate must:
1.) have successfully completed the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting - Instructor Led Training (ILT) course released April 4, 2017 or the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting course format offered up to May 2016. The NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting - Blended course format does not fulfill the course pre-requisite. (NOTE: A copy of your course certificate will provide that proof.)
2.) complete the *Pre-Course Questionnaire (Click to download Pre-Course Questionnaire Document here or below).
3.) successfully complete the *Pre-Course Pistol Handling and Qualification prior to the course (Click to download Pre-Course Qualification Document here or below ).
4.) demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to organize. conduct and supervise safe shooting activities and range operations.
5.) must be intimately familiar with each pistol's action type which include: the single-action revolver, the double-action revolver and the semi-automatic pistol.
6.) must complete the NRA Basic Pistol Course Instructor and NRA Basic Instructor Training examinations with a minimum score of ninety (90) percent.
7.) must attend and participate in both of the days' lessons.
8.) submit an application and pay a credentialing fee to the NRA.
After registering for one of the courses, the candidate must schedule a time at least five (5) days before the course start date to complete the pre-course pistol handling exercises and pistol qualification with WHPT. The pre-course questionnaire must be completed electronically or by hand and forwarded via email or USPS, at least five (5) days before the course start date to: email@example.com.
**NRA policy requires that there be at least four (4) participants for the course to be held.
Equipment: The instructor candidate is responsible for providing their own eye protection, ear protection, ammunition, and pistol for the pre-course qualification. Targets will be provided. The pre-course qualification consists of twenty (20) rounds. Pistols with Red Dot sights mounted to them, that contain an aiming reticle within the sights are allowed. Use of lasers that project onto the target are prohibited.
Clothing: Please wear closed toe shoes (no flip flops or sandals), a crew neck (T-shirt) or button-up shirt (no low-cut neckline). Long pants are recommended, but not required. You may also want to bring a baseball cap or a billed hat. During the live fire exercises, there will be hot brass being ejected from the pistols which may bounce onto you. This clothing will offer you the best protection.
Course Fee Information: The course deposit required at the time of registration is $50.00. It will be applied to the balance of the course fee which is $300.00 per student.
Refund of Course Deposit: A request for a refund of the course deposit must be received no later than seven (7) calendar days prior to the start of the NRA Pistol Instructor course. If one does not request a refund within the time given, a candidate may request to attend an alternate NRA Pistol Instructor course with West Hill Pistol Training, with acceptance pending availability of seating. In the event, a course is cancelled; course deposits will be refunded.
Payment Options: Accepted forms of payment are: personal check or USPS Money order (Made payable to: Robert D. Soule, Jr.), cash (exact change please) or through PayPal; you can use credit/debit card/PayPal account. The balance of the payment ($250.00) is expected upon issuance of the course completion certificate.