View Full Version : What does it take to become an NRA trainer for Basic Pistol

August 6, 2008, 07:54 AM
I was wondering;

most states require a Basic Pistol Safety course to apply for a CCW permit. How do you qualify as an instructor to teach this course?

August 6, 2008, 08:06 AM

there is an instructors course for the NRA basic pistol course that you would have to take to become an NRA certified instructor.

That may or may not qualify you to teach your state's CCW course. Some states recognize that as enough some require an additional training in the self defense laws of the state. NC does not recognize the NRA certificate and requires additional instructor training.

Rob Pincus
August 6, 2008, 08:27 AM

As noted above, it varies from state to state. Contact your local Sheriff's Office, PD or the state agency that issues permits for that specific question. A local gunshop might also know.

The NRA offers a course (3 days, IIRC) through which you can get certified as an instructor through them. See their website.


Biff from Oxford
August 6, 2008, 08:53 AM
What he said^^^^^^..I had a problem finding someone who teaches the course. Having to wait until December

August 6, 2008, 07:58 PM
To become an instructor for NRA Basic Pistol (or rifle, or shotgun, or any other NRA discipline), you must first take the NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT). This can only be taught by NRA Training Counselors. You can visit NRA's website, under education and training, to find such courses near you.

After BIT, then you choose which discipline(s) you wish to become an instructor in. Again, only a training counselor can teach these.

NRA Basic Pistol does satisfy requirements for a carry permit in some states, but I wouldn't go so far as to say most (by definition, more than half). It varies by state (FL will accept any firearm training course, not just pistol).

Basic Pistol only teaches safe gun handling and basic marksmanship; it does NOT teach defensive or tactical shooting, nor does it go over legal consequences. These also vary by state. I caution anyone I know who carries, whose formal training is limited to a basic pistol course.

August 16, 2008, 03:47 PM
What you want was Basic Pistol and Personal Protection. Now it is Basic Pistol, Personal Protection in the home and Personal protection outside the home.

Larry $
August 23, 2008, 05:28 PM
Check the NRA website and follow the appropriate links. I just got my Basic Rifle Instructor last month. It's not an impossible class, but they do make you earn your certificate. At least the classes I took did, and that's as it ought to be. Make sure that when you put the classes on your calendar, there is nothing else required of you during that time. But then again, I'm one of those "gotta get a 4.0 gpa" types.

August 30, 2008, 08:53 AM
Is NRA membership required?

August 30, 2008, 09:28 AM
most states require a Basic Pistol Safety course to apply for a CCW permit. How do you qualify as an instructor to teach this course

Differant states Very:

Wyoming requires any NRA Instructor Course. I found it Odd, they wouldnt accept my FBI Firearm Instructor Course, or any of my Military Coaches Courses, but Would accept my NRA LE Rifle Instructors Course to certify as an CC Instructor.

Oh, and Wyoming accepts the Hunter Safty Course to allow one to get a CC Perment though no actual shooting is required in the HS Class.

Wyoming also accepts DD214s.

Go figure

August 30, 2008, 04:16 PM
NRA Membership is NOT required to be an instructor. It is only required to become a training counselor (those who train the instructors).

If I remember correctly, the NRA requires instructors to teach at least one course per year. This is to discourage the existence of instructors who don't instruct.

August 31, 2008, 07:19 AM
Thank you.