Frequently Asked Questions
Q1: Do I have to have military or law enforcement training to be an NRA Instructor?
NO. That is an advantage, but NOT REQUIRED.
Q2: What is the range qualification for the Pistol Instructor course?
With a handgun of your choosing (any caliber but no optics), you will shoot at a 9” paper plate target and must land a total of 16 of 20 shots inside a 6” grouping. You may shoot either two 10 shot rounds or four 5 shot rounds. The target distance is 15 yards (45 feet).
Q3: What happens if I have to cancel my attendance at a course I registered for?
IF you notify us via e-mail at least 48 hours before the course begins, you do not lose your tuition. You apply it toward a future course of your choosing.
Q4: What happens if I fail the written open book exam?
BeSafeAcademy allows you to retake the classroom portion of your training ONE TIME, free of charge, and then retake your exam ONE TIME. We want you to succeed and are committed to that end, without lowering the NRA standards.
Q5: What if I have no prior professional teaching experience?
This is an NRA INSTRUCTOR course, which means that you must have and be able to demonstrate classroom instruction skills. It is not required that you have prior professional teaching experience, but you must be able to communicate the material to others. The NRA provides you with lesson plans, power point slides and the BIT class trains you how to teach effectively. You will be assigned a portion of the curriculum and be expected to teach it to your fellow instructor candidates.
Q6: Why is your course cost lower than most?
I do this because I love to teach others who will then teach others. No one should become a NRA Instructor to get rich. I am – and when you teach you should be - fairly compensated for time, training, materials, etc.
Q7: Does the NRA Pistol Instructor training allow me to teach a CWL course in Florida?
YES, but with this understanding. The NRA does NOT have a CWL Instructor course or credential. Florida does not have a standardized CWL curriculum and clear teaching requirement. You have multiple options in legally preparing your students to secure required training for their FL CWL, and those options are clearly explained to you in class.
Q8: How do you structure the two days of training for BIT + Pistol?
DAY ONE goes from 8 am – 5 pm with most of the day spent on the BIT (Basic Instructor Training) which covers NRA policies, procedures and educational theory and practice. There is an open book, 50 question exam on this day. We also begin to introduce the student to the NRA Basic Pistol Course curriculum and lesson plans on day one. DAY TWO goes from 8 am – 6 pm and covers the NRA Basic Pistol Course.
DAY TWO goes from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm and covers Phase II of the NRA Basic Pistol training (you will have already completed Phase I via the NRA on-line training program). Each student will teach a portion of the lesson plan after being given time to prepare. There is then a 50 question open-book exam with a minimum score requirement of 90%. There is also a range qualification shoot (see question 2 above).
Q9: What is the best way to prepare for these two days of training?
The best way to prepare for these two days of training is to carefully study and review the material you learned in Phase I via the NRA on-line training program. The second way to prepare is to practice shooting at a 9” paper plate at 45 feet, as this is not a distance that most shooters are familiar with. Practice putting at least 16 of 20 rounds inside a 6” group on that plate.