NRA Basic Pistol Instructor Course Tuition: $ 350.00

This is a 2 (two) day course.             To qualify as an NRA instructor, you must:                                                     Posses and demonstrate a solid background in firearm safety and shooting skills acquired through previous firearm training (such as completion of an NRA Basic Firearm Training Course) and/or previous shooting experience.                                                                                     Go to: – Find a Course Near You – select NRA Instructor Basics of Pistol Shooting – then select Bartlett Tennessee. Then register on the NRA website.                                                                                                     Phase I Online Course Instructor Candidates can register for the Phase I Online Course at The cost is $60 payable by credit card directly to the NRA or receive a $10 discount by paying through USA Training Academy. The course takes approximately 7 hours total to complete, but is completely self-paced. You can start and stop at any time. A minimum passing score of 90% is required. The NRA will send each student a Basics of Pistol Shooting Handbook and this can take up to 10-14 days to arrive. This Handbook will be needed to continue your Pistol Instructor Training.                                         Pre-Course Questionnaire  After successfully completing the Phase I Online Course, you can then register for Phase II Pistol Instructor Training. You will also be required to complete the NRA Instructor Training Program Pre-Course Questionnaire:                               This questionnaire must be completed and sent to the Training Counselor as soon as possible.         Qualification:                                 Once registered for the Pistol Instructor Course, complete information on the qualification testing can be found in the NRA Pistol Pre-Course questionare.           Range Qualification.                         As part of this qualification, you must place 16 of 20 shots within a 6" circle using the Qualification Target at a distance of 15 yards (45 feet) using a two-handed, unsupported, standing position.   After successfully completing the Phase I Online course and successfully qualifying, you will be move on to Basic Instructor Training and Phase II Pistol Instructor Training. Basic Instructor Training (Appx. 7 Hours) If this is your first Instructor credential, or if it has been more than 24 months (as of the Phase II course start date) since you have taken NRA Basic Instructor Training, you are required to take this course again. Even if you are not required to attend this course, it is recommended that you consider taking the course again to freshen up your teaching skills.  Phase II Pistol Instructor Training (Appx. 10 Hours) Phase II Pistol Instructor Training consists of approximately 8 hours of classroom training and an additional 2 hours of training on the range.  A written test is administered at the end of the classroom day. A score of 90% or better on this exam is a requirement for Instructor certification.                  Basic Instructor Training (BIT) will be held on the second day of training.                                                 This course is intended for all adults regardless of previous shooting experience or NRA-affiliation.                                                                           An NRA Certified Training Counselor will validate comprehension and application of gun safety rules; range protocol; proper handling; loading and unloading procedures; application of pistol shooting fundamentals; stable shooting positions; live fire; and a final shooting qualification.     Successfully complete the appropriate NRA instructor examination. Certified-90% or higher. Assistant-85% or higher. Apprentice-85% or higher. Satisfactorily complete an NRA Instructor Training Course for Pistol Shooting, and receive the endorsement of the NRA Training Counselor conducting your training.                                                     Submit your application with appropriate certification fee. Membership in the National Rifle Association is strongly recommended.                       Certified Ratings are available to individuals who wish to be fully qualified to conduct basic courses (21 years of age or older). Assistant Ratings are available to individuals who wish to assist certified instructors in order to gain the knowledge and experience needed to become a certified instructor (18 years of age or older). Apprentice Ratings are available to young people who wish to understudy a certified instructor in preparation for more advanced ratings. The apprentice instructor will be chosen by an NRA Certified Instructor from select individuals. These individuals must be of the emotional maturity necessary to handle such a position. In addition, they must have attended and successfully completed an NRA Basic Firearm Training Course in their chosen area of specialization (13-17 years of age).

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