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Instructor Certification

NRA Certified Instructors are individuals who are 21 years old or older and are otherwise fully qualified to conduct NRA Basic Firearm Training Courses. Certified instructor ratings are available in twelve disciplines.

NRA Instructor Training Courses consist of two parts. Part one, “Basic Instructor Training,” is common to all instructor training courses, and lasts six hours. This course is taken one time for all disciplines.  Part two is discipline-specific, and lasts an additional five to 14 hours per discipline.

Candidates must understand that the NRA Instructor Training Courses are not designed to teach shooting skills, or to prepare candidates to teach courses other than those of the NRA Basic Firearm Training Program. The NRA Instructor courses take experienced shooters and teach them to “teach” shooting using the NRA methodology and standards. The NRA certification provides them with credibility for the skills they have acquired throughout their own life experiences.