Thumbnail BASIC INSTRUCTOR WITH LOGO copyBecoming an Instructor


 NRA Instructor Training courses developed by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and conducted by Certified NRA Training Counselors working with Dynamic Firearms Training are held throughout the year for qualified individuals who have passed the necessary assessment to take the discipline related Instructor Course.  NRA Training Counselors provide instructor candidates with the practical knowledge and skills needed to instruct students for beginner students in the specific disciplines they will be certified in. Instructor candidates completing and passing these courses, and completing the required NRA certification application process, will achieve the necessary knowledge skills and attitude necessary for instructing the particular firearm training disciplines they are certified in.

All NRA Instructor training courses have the pre-requisite of the Basic Instructor training course and pre-course assessment.  This course is a six and a half (6.5) hour classroom-only course, which covers the common firearms instruction techniques, policy & procedure, and other information needed for all instructors to successfully teach firearms training courses. Pre-course assessments may be conducted at any prior training session offered or by calling our school and making an appointment

Becoming an NRA Instructor

Becoming an NRA firearms instructor is done by completing these four easy steps.

  1. Take and pass a pre-course assessment for the discipline in which you want to become an instructor candidate in.
  2. Take the NRA Basic Instructor training course, which is valid for a period of two years no matter how many discipline specific courses you follow with.
  3. Complete the NRA ‘Discipline Specific’ training courses you wish to be certified in this includes passing the instructors exam with a 905 or better and adequate presentation of the material in class.
  4. Submit the NRA instructor application with applicable certification and processing fees to the NRA.

Instructor Training Discipline Sequence

The following the progression of training is needed to move from basic to advanced NRA instructor disciplines.  Note:

  • The Basic Instructor Training course is required for all disciplines except Range Safety Officer which is not an instructor ranking.
  • The Basic Pistol discipline followed by PPITH then PPOTH is a branch that needs to be completed in that order.
  • The Personal Protection Outside The Home Instructor Course has the additional pre-requisite of the PPITH Advance Student course.
  • The Metallic Cartridge Reloading, Shotgun Shell Reloading and Range Safety Officer disciplines can be accomplished as stand-alone courses by taking the courses work with a Certified NRA Training Counselor.
  • The Chief Range Safety Officer requires both the Range Safety Officer and Basic Instructor Training Courses as pre-requisites.

What You Take Home

All NRA Basic Firearm Instructor Courses come with a complete set of materials needed to successfully teach the discipline being taught, including:

Discipline specific student pack:

  • Handbook
  • Student Exam
  • NRA Gun Safety Rules Brochure
  • Course Completion Certificate
  • Basic Practical Rocker and Flyer
  • Basic Firearm Training Program Brochure
  • Marksmanship Qualification Program Booklet

Discipline specific Instructor candidate pack:

  • Lesson Plans
  • Course CD and Power Points (if applicable)
  • Instructor Materials Order Form
  • Instructor Certification Examination
  • NRA Trainers Guide & Exam


Key Course Benefits

NRA Instructor Training Courses teach you the knowledge, skills, and attitude that are needed to successfully instruct Basic NRA training courses.  In addition:

  • You will soon qualify to become a Training Counselor. In this position, you have the responsibility of teaching (new) NRA Instructors.
  • Once you receive your certificate (suitable for framing) from NRA, you will receive your identification card. You will also receive a free subscription of the NRA Shooting Education Update, a newsletter published periodically for all NRA Trainers.
  • Program information, training schedules, book reviews, material updates and more are provided. Additionally, the Update provides an open forum for the exchange of information and ideas on firearm safety and marksmanship education.
  • You become an even more valuable resource for your community. NRA Certified Instructors are leaders who provide a very important service. Because of your dedication to the shooting sports, you are providing a chance for others to enjoy the same benefits of firearm ownership that you have enjoyed in the past.


Successful completion of all lessons, course objectives and required minimum examination score, will earn instructor candidate an NRA authorized completion certificate specific to each training discipline certification training has earned.