Instructor Courses


 Our NRA Instructor training courses are conducted by an NRA Training Counselor. Training Counselors are active and experienced instructors who have been certified by NRA to train experienced shooters to teach others to shoot. Our pricing is among the most competitive rates. Confirmation of your registration and additional course information will be sent to you via email. Limited seating, register early.

NRA Instructor courses are discipline specific. During the course, candidates will learn NRA policies and procedures, basic public speaking skills, training methodology, use of a training team and training aids, organizing a course, building a budget, and finally preparing to teach. In addition, candidates will be provided the appropriate lesson plans and basic course student packets. Role-playing is a major part of an instructor course; therefore, the minimum class size should be at least four candidates, with 10-12 candidates being ideal. Candidates take turns working in teams, actually conducting portions of the course to other candidates who portray basic students.

Training Counselors will evaluate candidates' performance based on their ability to handle the firearms with confidence, use of appropriate training aids, following the lesson plans and meeting all learning objectives, while utilizing the teaching philosophies expected of NRA Certified Instructors. Candidates can also expect to learn the NRA discipline specific instructional methods and evaluating and improving the performance of beginning shooters. Candidates will be provided with the NRA Trainer's Guide, appropriate Lesson Plans and Outlines, Basic Course Student handbooks, certificates, basic student examinations, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program booklet, Basic Firearm Training Programs Brochure, Gun Safety Rules brochure, NRA Trainer's Examination and NRA discipline specific instructor examination (minimum passing grade is 90%).

To qualify as an NRA Instructor:

Candidates must possess and demonstrate a solid background in firearm safety and shooting skills acquired through previous firearm training and/or previous shooting experience. Instructor candidates must be intimately familiar with each action type in the discipline they wish to be certified.

Candidates will be required to demonstrate solid and safe firearms handling skills required to be successful during an instructor training course by completing pre-course questionnaires and qualification exercises administered by the NRA Appointed Training Counselor.

Candidates must satisfactorily complete an NRA Instructor Training Course in the discipline they wish to teach (e.g., NRA Basic Pistol Course), and receive the endorsement of the NRA Training Counselor conducting that training.

The following courses are available - 4 students minimum -

NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT) (6 hours):
This is a Six-hour non-shooting course (classroom only).  BIT is designed to develop NRA Certified Instructors who possess the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to conduct the NRA Basic Firearm Training Courses.  The BIT is designed for subject matter experts to gain an understanding of the NRA's expectations and how to teach classes utilizing the NRA way utilizing NRA lesson plans and manuals.  The NRA BIT class is the first part of every discipline-specific NRA instructor course.  Discipline-Specific NRA instructor courses include NRA Basic Pistol, Basic Rifle, Basic Shotgun, Personal Protection in the Home, Personal protection outside the Home, Muzzle loading Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun, Reloading.

NRA Home Firearm Safety Instructor Course (11 hours; course includes BIT): $350
Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to conduct the Home Firearm Safety Course!  This is a non-shooting course (classroom only).

NRA Instructor Pistol Shooting Course (16 hours; course includes BIT): $350
Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to conduct the Basic Pistol Course!

NRA Instructor Shotgun Shooting Course (17 Hours; course includes BIT): $350
Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to conduct the Basic Shotgun Course!

NRA Chief Range Safety Officer (CRSO) course (14 hours; course includes BIT): $350
This is an instructor-level course. Certified Range Safety Officers may attend a CRSO course.  This course, accompanied with the Basic Range Safety Officer's course, is given to the Chief Range Safety Officer candidate. The Chief Range Safety Officer candidate will receive the Range Safety Officer Lesson Plans and Range Safety Officer Student Packet.

NRA Certified Instructors are expected to:
Conduct NRA Basic Courses in accordance with policies and procedures outlined by NRA.  Uphold the quality and integrity of national firearm safety and training standards established by NRA.  Promote firearm safety and the shooting sports.
Report training data to NRA

NOVA Marksmanship Academy, Inc.

VA Concealed Carry Permit Qualification/NRA Training/Non-NRA Clinics

Stafford, Virginia (540) 783-8130