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NRA Basic Pistol Instructor Certification Course (Lakeland, TN)

January 19, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - January 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm


This course teaches the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to organizing, promoting, and teaching the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting course. Instructor candidates learn to organize and teach the Basic Pistol curriculum and demonstrate mastery through practical exercises, student-teaching, and a written exam.

This is a two-day, 16-hour course to certify students as NRA basic pistol instructors. Successful candidates are also eligible to apply to become Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit Instructors or Mississippi Enhanced Permit Instructors. Lively, interactive classroom instruction will take place in a comfortable, modern, temperature-controlled meeting space; and the live-fire portion will be conducted on a convenient outdoor range not far away. All students will need a reliable pistol and approximately 100 rounds of ammunition. Ammo can also be purchased from CSA with advance notice.

Please note that this is not a shooting class. Instructor candidates are expected to have already mastered the fundamentals of marksmanship. Instead, this course is designed to teach experienced shooters how to teach others to shoot accurately and safely.

  • Day 1: Saturday, January 19, 2019, from 1pm to 7pm (with short breaks on the hour)
  • Day 2: Sunday, January 20, 2019, from 8am to 7pm (with a one-hour lunch break and short breaks on the hour)

Day one is NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT), utilizing the NRA Trainer’s Guide. During this part, 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 preparing to teach. Day one also typically includes the pre-course shooting qualification.

Day two is Pistol Instructor training. During this portion, candidates will be provided with the Basic Pistol lesson plans and student packets. Role playing is a major part of an instructor course. Candidates take turns working in teams to teach portions of the course to other candidates who role-play as students.

Before attending the instructor course, candidates will be required to provide proof that they have completed the NRA Basic Pistol course. If you haven’t completed Basic Pistol, we’re offering it the same weekend (please see our course calendar for details). Don’t forget to ask about our MIL and LEO discounts!

We look forward to seeing you in class! If you have any trouble with the embedded registration form below, you can also register directly on our Eventbrite page (click here). Thanks!


January 19, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
January 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
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St. Paul United Methodist Church
2949 Davies Plantation Road
Lakeland, TN 38002 United States
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