Originally Posted By MTNmyMag:
What are the steps to becoming an NRA certified pistol instructor?
Go to www.NRAinstructors.org and find an instructor course in your area and sign up.
Once at the course you will be taught by an NRA Training Counselor who will help you with any questions you may have along the way.
To take the course you will have to complete basic instructor training (BIT). This is where you learn the rules and procedures involved in being an NRA instructor, do some business planning, and do a fair amount of public speaking work. Often times BIT will be combined with a basic course. The course description will tell you if it includes it or not. There is a pre-qualification for the pistol course where you have to be able to safely show how to load and unload different types of handguns. There is also a pre-qual shoot. It involves shooting a 9" circle at 45', scoring 16 hits with a max spread of 6".
Once you pre-qualify, the students in the class essentially role play and "teach" the class while getting feedback from the instructor.
Finally, there is an open book written test that you must score 90% or better on.
I find them fun and I'm in the process of adding some instructor ratings this spring/summer. BIT is a bit dry but once you have it out of the way you don't have to take it for awhile. The courses are fairly rigid in their structure as far as what information must be covered, but there is a lot of flexibility in how
you can teach the courses. They make it easy with the pre-made lesson plans and a lot of the work is already done for you.
If you are in the DFW area look at the Grand Prairie Rifle and Pistol Club. They have a lot of NRA certified instructors courses and you can't beat their prices!