Prior to STARTING this course, the candidate must take and pass 2 courses:
1. The NRA BASICS OF PISTOL SHOOTING COURSE (Self Study portion) with a 90% or above on the final exam. You can register for this course by performaing an online rehistration for a Blended Learning course at NRA-Online Registration.This course is self paced and should take about 8 hours to complete. Be sure to download the handbook during the course and print it out or bring it electronically to the class. The online registration will ask you to create a username and password for access to the course. When I recieve the notice that you have registered, and upon payment for the course ( $30 for this course only, or $150 for the instructor course deposit, I will provide you with an access code to take the course. In other words, if you are taking the Basic Pistol instructor course from me, I pay for this blended learning presrequisite course for you, but I need a deposit to make sure you intend to show up.
2. NRA BASICS OF PISTOL SHOOTING COURSE INSTRUCTOR LED course. This is the same course as the blended learning course, but has no online portion and is taught entirely by an instructor face to face with you. Both of these courses are now required by the NRA to take the instructor course.
Prior to completing the class, potential candidates for this course must pass a prequalification assessment designed to determine your ability to competently handle a firearm in accordance with the NRA guidelines, and show that you are able to shoot competently. We will conduct this assesment during the class. This exercise is not difficult but does require some knowledge of the basic pistol course as the NRA teaches it. The two prerequisite courses will thoroughly prepare you for this.
The Basic Pistol Instructor Course will provide training and experience in conducting the NRA Basic pistol course. In part 1, you will learn how to use the NRA materials and procedures to plan, staff, and conduct firearm training in non-specific course areas. In Part 2, we will take you through the basic pistol course piece by piece while honing your presentation skills using group dynamics and role playing. You will learn to interpret and use the NRA Basic Pistol instructor materials to determine the requirements of the course and methods of training student shooters both on and off the firing range.
The NRA Basic Pistol course will last two full days of training.
Our training philosophy focuses on positive habit development, not on eliminating people from the course. Although we will not guarantee your success, and you CAN fail to meet the requirements of this course, failure is rare if you give it your best. There will be two written examinations you will have to pass with a 90% or above score, and a skills evaluation test to ensure that you possess instructor level skills before being certified as an NRA instructor. The attainment of the NRA instructor status in NOT an automatic - show - up - and pass thing.