News you can use

As of last Friday, I’m officially signed up to become an NRA instructor for basic pistol, basic rifle and basic shotgun.

I actually missed the deadline for getting my check sent in because of miscommunication while I was on my back to back trips, but the instructor graciously allowed me to sign up (and pay) late.

I’m not sure exactly how the process works, maybe some other NRA instructors out there could clue me in. After going through the instructor training courses, I’m not sure if there’s a probationary period, a certain number of times I’ll have to teach the courses under supervision or what.

I know I want to become an instructor no matter what the criteria is so I really didn’t research it all that deeply. I have no doubt that I’ll be successful as I have a long history in adult technical instruction.

I was an American Red Cross CPR instructor for 8 years teaching everything up to and including Basic Life Support for Professional Rescuers, I did two tours of duty as a Navy instructor and am a designated Navy Master Training Specialist.

I’ve taught numerous people to shoot over the years, most recently just a few months ago, but I’ve never had the ability to give them a certificate to demonstrate their training.

I’m pretty excited about this, I’d been thinking about doing it for a long time but this opportunity just presented itself out of the blue. The first training session starts this Sunday (ugh…I’ve gotta miss church for it…that I’m not too pleased about). I’ll be sure to update you as I progress through the process.

6 thoughts on “News you can use

  1. No kidding! I just signed up for the pistol class myself. Mine's at the end of August. I'll be interested to hear your thoughts of the class…
    Good luck!

  2. Sorry, I'm not gonna be any help, and am kinda in the same boat as I'm cheduled for the Basic Pistol Instructors class next weekend …

  3. you get your certification within about 3 weeks from the NRA, you can start teaching classes officially the day after your training if you want…

    i got certified over a year ago, havent taught a class yet… but you have to teach a few classes each year to stay current on your cert…

    the book you get in the training class will explain all of this…

  4. Thanks for the info. It surprises me that they don't require at least one class taught under supervision.

    'course basic handgun, rifle and shotgun safety isn't exactly rocket science either.

  5. well, its not required, but it is recommended…

    the class i took was 3 days… the first 2 days are spent learning how to teach… the material isnt as critical as how to present it…

    there was a lot of group interaction and a lot of chances to try out teaching various portions of the material…

    if you need any more info, email me… mekender (at) gmail (dot) com

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