The NRA Instructor Training Program is designed to train experienced shooters to teach NRA Basic Firearm Training Courses as NRA Certified Instructors. Instructor training courses are conducted by NRA Training Counselors.

NRA Instructor Training Courses teach candidates how to teach firearm safety and shooting skills to others using NRA instructional methodologies and training materials. In conducting these courses, Training Counselors play the role of facilitators who guide instructor candidates in the practice of the training process. NRA Instructor Training Courses do not teach shooting skills. The possession of basic shooting skills is one of the prerequisites for attending an instructor training course.


  • Possess a solid background in firearm safety and shooting skills which were acquired through previous firearm training and /or previous shooting experience.
  • 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.

  • Satisfactorily complete the appropriate NRA instructor Training Course and receive the endorsement of the Chief Training Counselor.
  • Receive a passing grade on the appropriate NRA instructor certification examination:

Certified: 90 percent or higher;

Assistant: 85 percent or higher;

Apprentice: 85 percent or higher.

  • Submit a completed instructor application to the NRA Training Department along with

the appropriate certification fee.

Instructor's Course
Basic Pistol
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