Length of Course: 2 Days (16 hours)

Day 1  (10 hours)   Day 2  (6 hours)
Course Level: Instructor

Who teaches this course? This course is taught by an NRA-certified appointed Training Counselor.

Teaching locations: Calverton, and Uniondale, our Travel Training Team is also available
Course Description: As a certified NRA Personal Protection outside the Home Instructor you will be able to teach this class to your students.

NRA Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home Course:
The course teaches students the knowledge, skills and attitude essential for avoiding dangerous confrontations and for the safe, effective and responsible use of a concealed pistol for self-defense outside the home. Students have the opportunity to attend this course using a quality strong side hip holster that covers the trigger, or a holster purse. From a review of safe firearms handling and proper mindset to presentation from concealment and multiple shooting positions, this course contains the essential skills and techniques needed to prevail in a life-threatening situation. The NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home is divided into two levels (basic and advanced). Level one is a nine-hour course and offers the essential knowledge and skills that must be mastered in order to carry, store, and use a firearm safely and effectively for personal protection outside the home. Upon completion of level one, students may choose to attend level two, which is an additional five hours of range training and teaches advanced shooting skills. After the classroom portion, students should expect to spend several hours on the range and shoot approximately 100 rounds of ammunition during level one. Level two involves five additional hours on the range and approximately 115 rounds of ammunition. The ammunition requirements are minimum and may be exceeded. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure and the appropriate course completion certificates(s), NRA Basic Personal Protection Outside The Home (identifies strong-side hip holster or purse use) certificate, and NRA Advanced Personal Protection Outside The Home certificate.(Lesson Plan 2006, revised 4-09) The NRA Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home is for adult individuals who are not disqualified from possessing a firearm as defined by applicable federal, state, or local law and are of good repute and possess defensive pistol skills presented in the NRA Basics of Personal Protection In The Home Course. Participants must also understand the basic legal concepts relating to the use of firearms in self-defense, and must know and observe not only general gun safety rules, but also those safety principles that are specific to defensive situations. Prospective participants can demonstrate that they have the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes by producing an NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home Course Certificate, or by passing the pre-course evaluation. Note: The Lesson III of the Personal Protection In and Outside The Home courses Firearms and the Law, and Legal Aspects of Self-Defense is conducted by an attorney licensed to practice law within the state in which this course is given and who is familiar with this area of the law, a Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) who possesses an intermediate or higher Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certificate granted within the state, or an individual currently certified to instruct in this area of the law by the state in which this course is presented. NRA Certified Instructors may conduct this lesson only if they meet the requirements stated above and then only in their capacity as an attorney, or other state certified individual not in their capacity as an NRA Certified Instructor.

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Topics covered to include: How to teach the NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home Course which includes:

  • Introduction to NRA Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home Course Lesson Plans
  • Presenting the Pistol from Concealment
  • Presentation, Position and Movement
  • Special Shooting Techniques
  • Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home Instructor Examination

Required Equipment:

  • Candidates MUST have passed NRA Basic Instructor Training Part 1
  • Candidates MUST have passed Pistol Instructor Course
  • Candidates MUST have passed PPITH Instructor Course
  • Candidates MUST have passed PPOTH Student Certification Course
  • Per NRA rules there are no exceptions or deviations to the above.
  • Make your Deposit or Full payment for the course
  • Positive attitude and willingness to help others
  • Defensive Type Handgun a Revolver or Semi-Auto (38spl/9mm or larger)
  • Two Magazines or Speed Loaders
  • 10 Dummy Rounds
  • Hip or Inside Waistband Holster and Belt
  • 500 rounds of ammunition
  • Concealment garment
  • Ear and Eye Protection
  • Pens or Pencils
  • A notebook