Basic Instructor Training (BIT)

The NRA Instructor Training Course consists of two parts:
Part one: Basic Instructor Training Course (6 hours)
(BIT within 2 years if adding new Instructor ratings.)
Part two: NRA Discipline Specific Instructor Training (5-16 hours)

NRA Instructor Training Courses

  1. Pistol Instructor Course
    (BIT + 10 hours)
  2. Rifle Instructor Course
    (BIT + 14 hours)
  3. Shotgun Instructor Course
    (BIT + 11 hours)
    Personal Protection in the Home Instructor Course
    (9 hours) Prerequisite: NRA Certified Pistol Instructor
  4. Personal Protection outside the Home Instructor Course
    (16 hours) Prerequisite: NRA Certified Personal Protection in the Home Instructor
  5. Chief Range Safety Office
    (BIT + 8 Hours) Prerequisite: Range Safety Officer
  7. Items needed: NRA member number (if you have one), 3 ring-binder, pen/pencil and paper, ear and eye protection and firearm.
    Shotgun: 2 Boxes, Target Load
    Pistol: 50 Rounds
    Rifle: 100 Rounds .22 Ammo
    Personal Protection Inside The Home: 80 Rounds, Centerfire Rounds (strong side hip holster and magazine pouch)
    Personal Protection Outside The Home: 212 Centerfire Rounds (strong side hip holster and magazine pouch)
    Additional items needed will depend of the specific class

  1. Become an Instructor

  1. To qualify as an NRA Instructor, a candidate must:

Possess and demonstrate a solid background in firearm safety and shooting skills acquired through previous firearm training and/or previous shooting experience. Instructor candidates must be intimately familiar with each action type in the discipline they wish to be certified.

Demonstrate solid and safe firearms handling skills required to be successful during an instructor training course by completing pre-course questionnaires and qualification exercises administered by an NRA Appointed Training Counselor.

Satisfactorily complete the NRA Basic course in the discipline they wish to teach.

Satisfactorily complete an NRA Instructor Training Course in the discipline they wish to teach (e.g., NRA Basic Pistol Course), and receive the endorsement of the NRA Training Counselor conducting that training.

Meet the following age requirements:

    Certified instructor: 21 years of age or older
    Assistant instructor: 18 years of age or older
    Apprentice instructor: 13-17 years of age

Receive a passing grade on the NRA Trainer’s Examination and appropriate instructor certification examination:

  •     Certified: 90 percent or higher
        Assistant: 85 percent or higher
        Apprentice: 85 percent or higher

NRA Instructor courses are discipline specific. 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.

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.

Course Fees

BIT $100
Pistol instructor Course $150
Rifle Instructor Course $150
Shotgun Instructor Course $150
PPITH Instructor Course $150
PPOTH Instructor Course $400
Chief Range Safety Office $150
Course fees do not include range and NRA fees.