Would you like to become a certified NRA Pistol Instructor?

Since 1871, a major objective of the National Rifle Association has been to provide education and training in the safe and proper use of firearms. Knowing how to shoot is an important requirement for NRA instructors, but you will also need to know how to teach others to shoot. NRA Instructor Training Courses help you develop the additional knowledge, skills and techniques needed to organize and teach courses in the NRA Basic Firearm Training Program. Instructor training courses are conducted by NRA Training Counselors who are active and experienced instructors who have been appointed by the NRA to train experienced shooters to teach others to shoot.

Bob Hopper of BeSafeAcademy is an approved NRA TRAINING COUNSELOR and offers NRA Pistol Certification Classes.

How to become an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor

A. You can become an NRA Certified Instructor at BeSafeAcademy in four steps.

  1. READ the information provided on the NRA website which explains the qualifications and the process: www.nrahq.org/education/training/instructor.asp
  2. APPLY & REGISTER for one of our training workshops.
  3. ATTEND the training workshop and meet the NRA requirements.
  4. RECEIVE the recommendation of your Training Counselor (Bob) and your teaching credentials from the NRA.

B. When you register for our training workshop, you will receive:

  • Driving directions from the Orlando International Airport to BeSafeAcademy.
    (20 miles, 22 minutes travel time)
  • A list of nearby hotels, motels and restaurants. (all within 3 miles of BeSafeAcademy)
  • A list of simple hints from Bob to make your experience both enjoyable and successful and will prepare you for your workshop

C. What to bring with you:

  • You can either bring your own handgun (plus 100 rounds of ammo) OR you can rent a Ruger P94 9mm (with ammo) from us for $40 (pay when you arrive). If you are flying, go to the TSA website for their firearms policy at: www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/assistant/editorial_1666.shtm
  • Two large 3-ring binders (minimum of 1 ½”)
  • Two yellow highlighters, one red pen, one blue pen
  • A teachable attitude and a sense of humor

Understanding the NRA Instructor Certification Process

I sometimes get asked to explain the process of becoming an NRA Certified Instructor. It is really quite simple.

ALL NRA Instructor candidates must complete a Basic Instructor Training workshop, called BIT, which is 8 hours long (a one day event). Essentially, this workshop teaches you to teach the NRA curriculum and understand NRA policies.

The NRA has 12 different “disciplines” from which you can choose. I am certified to teach and certify you in any of the 4 disciplines that are in bold print below:

  • Basic Pistol Shooting
  • Personal Protection in the Home
  • Personal Protection Outside the Home
  • Basic Rifle Shooting
  • Basic Shotgun Shooting
  • Basic Muzzleloading Pistol
  • Basic Muzzleloading Rifle
  • Basic Muzzleloading Shotgun
  • Home Firearm Safety
  • Metallic Cartridge Reloading
  • Shotgun Shell Reloading
  • Range Safety Officer

Most candidates want to be a pistol instructor, so we offer BIT (Basic Instructor Training) the first day and BASIC PISTOL the second day. This means that in two days you can be certified.

Once you have received your BIT, you do not need to repeat it. You simply can add a new discipline to expand your certifications:

BIT + DISCIPLINE = CERTIFICATION (in that discipline).

Example: Fred wants to be a Certified NRA Pistol Instructor so he receives his two day training (one day for BIT and one day for Pistol) at BeSafeAcademy. One year later, Fred wants to be certified to teach Personal Protection in the Home. Since he already has his BIT training, he now returns to BeSafeAcademy for one day of training to become certified to teach Personal Protection in the Home. Now Fred is certified to teach both disciplines.

BIT and Basic Pistol Daily Schedule (two-day workshop)

All of our two-day training workshops are held on Thursday and Friday, with an early qualification shoot on Saturday morning.

Thursday schedule: Basic Instructor Training Workshop (BIT)

  • Arrive at BeSafeAcademy by 7:30 am to receive your materials, enjoy some coffee and snacks and meet your instructor and fellow students.
  • Firearms Policy: You will NOT need your firearm until Saturday morning. The NRA policy is NO AMMUNITION IN THE CLASSROOM at any time so IF you choose to bring your firearm to class with you it must empty and inspected by your instructor IMMEDIATELY upon your arrival.
  • 8:00 am – noon: Class in session, with breaks every hour.
  • Noon – 1:00 pm: Lunch break.
    (several restaurants are within walking distance)
  • 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Class in session, with breaks every hour.

Friday schedule: Basic Pistol Workshop

  • Doors open at 7:30 am to mingle and snack
  • 8:00 am – noon: Class in session, with breaks every hour.
  • Noon – 1:00 pm: Lunch break.
    (several restaurants are within walking distance)
  • 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Class in session, with breaks every hour.

Saturday morning schedule:

  • 7:00 am: Meet at BeSafeAcademy for firing range prep.
  • 7:30 am: Travel to outdoor private shooting club.
  • 8:00 am – 9:00 am: Qualification shooting.
  • 9:00 am: Workshop ended. You are dismissed.

NOTE: If you are flying home from the Orlando International Airport you should allow 50 minutes to drive from the shooting range to the airport which means you should not book your flight anytime sooner than NOON.

If you are interested in becoming a Certified NRA Pistol Instructor, contact Bob via e-mail at info@besafeacademy.com for more information. His training classes are offered about six times per year in sunny Orlando.

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