NRA Basics of Rifle Shooting Instructor Class
The goal of this program is to develop instructors to teach NRA Basic Firearm Training Courses according to the lesson plans and training standards of the National Rifle Association.
A complete NRA Instructor Training Course consists of three parts. The first is the basic class, which is required so that all instructor candidates have seen the class at least once before certifying to teach it. The second is basic instructor training, which consists of 6 hours of instruction on how to run the backend of firearms classes. The third part is discipline-specific instructor training, which for Basics of Rifle Shooting is an additional 8-10 hours of training.
During the NRA Instructor Training Course, you will receive from your Training Counselor the NRA Trainer’s Guide, the appropriate NRA Instructor Candidate Packet which includes the course outlines and lesson plans for the disciplines you wish to teach, the appropriate NRA basic course student packet which includes the handbook, certificates, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure and other materials used in NRA basic courses.
This program is not designed to prepare you to teach other firearm training courses (such as law enforcement, security, or hunter safety courses), nor to prepare you to develop firearm training courses of your own.
The NRA Training Counselor who conducts your course will make a recommendation to NRA concerning your certification based on an evaluation of your knowledge, skills, and attitude. You will be asked to demonstrate your organizational and teaching skills through participation in several practical exercises during the course of your training. You will also be asked to complete an instructor certification examination. A minimum score of 90 percent is required for certified instructor applicants (85 percent for assistant and apprentice instructor applicants). However, attendance at the course, or a passing grade on the examination, does not guarantee that you will receive the recommendation of the NRA Training Counselor.
When you arrive at the Coyote Point Recreation Area, there will be a park ranger by the main gate. Please inform the ranger that you are attending a class at the shooting range. You are not required to pay for parking if attending the course. The shooting range is the second left after the main entrance. Please do not park in a space reserved for an individual officer.
Please arrive at least 1/2 hour prior to the start of class so you can figure out parking an to ensure you are in the classroom ready to start by 10:00AM.
We will take a one-hour break for lunch at about 1:00 PM. Please bring a sack lunch. Due to traffic and general location it will be very stressful to try to go offsite for lunch. We will not take a specific dinner break so bring some snacks to keep your energy up, or alternatively, save some of your lunch. There will be water bottles provided, but please bring any snacks you might need.
Day 1: Saturday May 13th Starting at 10am – Coyote Point Rifle and Pistol Club, 1601 Coyote Point Drive San Mateo, CA 94401-1002
Basic Instructor Training: This day covers how to run a class from a financial, legal, and ethical standpoint, NRA Policies and Procedures, and the handling portion of the evaluation. Basic Instructor Training is required of any instructor candidate that does not have proof that this has been completed in the two years prior to this date.
Day 2: Saturday May 14th Starting at 10am – Coyote Point Rifle and Pistol Club, 1601 Coyote Point Drive San Mateo, CA 94401-1002
Starts at 10am until 8pm – Basics of Rifle Shooting basic class. We will cover the course material for our instructor candidates and complete the handling exercises. You will have your first attempt at the shooting qual on this day.
Day 3: Sunday May 20th Starting at 10am – Coyote Point Rifle and Pistol Club, 1601 Coyote Point Drive San Mateo, CA 94401-1002
Basics of Rifle Shooting Discipline specific: This day has another attempt at the marksmanship qualification in the morning. The day continues into specifics on what is needed to run a NRA Basics of Rifle Shooting student course. There will be multiple in-class evaluations during the day where instructor candidates demonstrate their ability to teach the material to other instructor candidates. There will be a written exam of the material on this day which must be passed in order to be recommended into the instructor program.
If you have documentation of already completing the Basics of Rifle Class Student class then you could be exempt from Day 1. If you have documentation of already completing Basic Instructor Training within 2 years of the date of class then you could be exempt from Day #2. Contact us at bayprofs – at – bayprofs – dot – org for details if this is the case for you. We won’t charge you for the days you don’t need.
The pricing for each day is: Day 1 – Basics of Rifle Shooting – $195, Day 2- Basic Instructor Training $60, Day 3 – Basics of Rifle Shooting Instructor $140.
The “package” price is for all 3 days.
Expect an email from us about 2 weeks before the class with information and homework for the class.
Expectations of students in order to pass:
- You must participate in the entire course
- You must display the knowledge, skills, and attitude as required in the NRA national curriculum in order to be a firearms instructor
- You must pass all marksmanship, firearms handling, written, and in class examinations
Students are required to bring the following materials to class:
- You will need to fill out and return the pre-class questionnaire. This document will be emailed to you about 2 weeks before class. Responsibly bringing the form to class or returning it by email with your answers are a part of your evaluation for the class, so please take it seriously.
- You must bring an electronic device (e.g. Laptop/tablet) that is able to view the presenter notes in a powerpoint presentation. NRA no longer uses paper training materials for this class. You will need to bring a power cord or batteries for your device in order to keep it running all day. You will not be able to pass the course without this. It is fine for 2 students to share a laptop if coming as a group. Note: there is limited/no internet access in the classroom. I’ll email out the materials about a week before the class and you will need to have them pre-loaded on the first day.
- For days 1 & 3: A rifle in .22lr or another rimfire caliber. The range does not allow centerfire calibers. You will need 200 rounds of ammunition for your rifle. The ammunition must be packed separately from your rifle. We will have an area that is not in the classroom to store your ammunition during the class. Please do not leave the ammo in your vehicle, but have it stored in a separate container from your firearm.
- Electronic hearing protection. You must be able to understand instructions on the range while other people are firing.
- Eye protection
- Range appropriate clothing
- Pens/Pencil/paper for notes, filling out forms, and taking the test
- Please bring a packed lunch. We won’t have time to go off-site for lunch.
Note: Please register here with *exactly* the same name and address the NRA has on file for you. If the database does not find your information then it will significantly delay processing your course completion. You can look up your NRA information here: https://www.nramemberservices.org/
NRA membership is not required in order to attend and pass the class. It is recommended, however, as the NRA is the curriculum standards body for this material.