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NRA Instructor Training Program

Scheduled Class: January 26, 27, and 28, 2018

The goal of this program is to develop instructors to teach the NRA Basic Firearm Training Courses according to the lesson plans and training standards of the National Rifle Association. It 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 firearms training courses on your own.

The NRA Instructor Training Course is designed to teach you how to teach others to shoot using NRA lesson plans and training methods. The course is not designed to improve your shooting skills. Proficiency in basic firearm safety and shooting skills is a prerequisite for certification as an NRA Instructor. You will need to demonstrate your firearms proficiency during the Pre-Course Assessment.

The NRA Training Counselor(s) who conduct your course will make a recommendation to the NRA concerning your certification, based on an evaluation of your knowledge, skill, 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 Examination, with a score of 90% or higher. 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(s).

Instructor certification involves a commitment to teach an NRA Basic Firearm Training Course at least once per year in each discipline group (rifle, pistol, shotgun, reloading, personal protection) in which you hold instructor ratings.

WHAT: NRA Basic Firearms Instructor Training (Home Firearm Safety and one of either Pistol, Rifle, or Shotgun.
WHEN: Friday through Sunday, Jan 26, 27, and 28, 2018
WHERE: The courses will be held at Kenmore Gun Range
1031 – 228th Street SW, Bothell, WA 98021
Please check our website
and your registration package for specific details on class location.
COST: The course fee is $175 paid in advance. In addition, the NRA charges a first-time certification fee of $30 (for NRA members, $50 for non-members), which you pay directly to the NRA.
The fee for Instructors picking up an additional certification is $145 IF they have taken Basic Instructor Training (BIT) within the last 24 months. If they have not, they will need to attend the BIT (new requirement per NRA Training Counselor Guide, Revised 01-10) prior to picking up an additional certification. The fee for the 3-day class will be $175.
Make check payable to “WCW, Inc” and mail to:
Kenmore Gun Range
ATTN: Richard Ripley
1031 – 228th Street SW
Bothell, WA 98021

Richard Ripley – 206-271-0670  All applications and fees must be postmarked by January 12th, or received in hand at the Range by January 15th to hold a seat. All applications received after that will be accommodated on a “space and materials” available basis, and charged a $50 late fee. If in doubt, call or e-mail


If possible, read the Student handbook for your discipline. Handbooks can be ordered online from the NRA at: for Handbook Only).

Be familiar with the action types you will encounter. Know how to load, unload, and safe them. Download the Pre-Course Qualifications (links below) for the actions required in your specific discipline.

Pistol Instructor candidates must also complete the full Basic Pistol course and the on-line portion of the Blended Pistol course before attending the Basic Pistol Instructor course.


At least 1 firearm for your discipline (See Pre-Course Qualifications links below for specifics.).

A 2″ three ring notebook

Red, green, and/or blue pens (Its frequently desirable to use color to highlight parts of the lesson plan)

Highlighters, 1 or 2 colors


Lunch /snacks

Range Gear (eye and hearing protection)

Clothing for cold, wet, and wind (our ranges are outdoors).

50-100 rounds of ammo

To apply for training please:

1. Download the NRA Instructor Application (below) and fill it out and return it as per the instructions above.

2. Download the Pre-Course Qualification Requirements (below) for the discipline(s) in which you desire to be certified. Make sure that you can fulfill/exceed the minimal requirements. The purpose of Instructor classes is to teach experienced, qualified individuals how to TEACH, not how to shoot. Candidates are expected to be PROFICIENT in the firearm discipline in which they intend to instruct.


NRA Instructor Application

(Must be filled out by ALL applicants)

Pre-Course Qualification Requirements

Modern Firearms
Home Firearm Safety

Muzzleloading Firearms
Muzzleloading Pistol
Muzzleloading Rifle
Muzzleloading Shotgun

Personal Protection
Personal Protection in the Home
Personal Protection Outside the Home

Range Safety (No Pre-Course Qualifications – Course Description Only)
Range Safety Officer
Chief Range Safety Officer

Refuse To Be A Victim® (RTBAV)
A crime prevention and violence avoidance class that does not involve use of firearms

Ammunition Reloading (No Pre-Course Qualifications – Course Description Only)
Metallic Cartridge Reloading
Shotgun Shell Reloading

Additional Information

Plan on 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM all 3 days. It is possible that a given discipline may finish sooner, but do not plan on it.

If this is your initial NRA Instructor Certification, you will need to attend all 3 days of the class. The first day is Basic Instructor Training (BIT), essentially “how to teach the NRA way”. Days 2 and 3 are the discipline-specific materials (rifle, pistol, or shotgun).

Day 1 will include the Pre-Course Qualification, which consists of 3 tests:

1. A gun handling drill – demonstrate safe loading and unloading of the firearms for your discipline
Rifle includes 6 action types – bolt, pump, break, semi-auto, lever, and falling block
Shotgun includes 4 action types – bolt, break, pump, and semi-auto
Pistol includes single action revolver, double-action revolver, and semi-auto pistol
Home Firearm Safety includes 3 pistol types, and 5 long gun types

2. The written Student Exam for your discipline. You will need to score 90% or better on this closed-book exam.

3. A shooting test for your discipline. The discipline specific shooting requirements can be downloaded, along with the full Pre-Course Qualification requirements from the above links.

Day 1 will then cover Basic Instructor Training, which is about 8 hours, including the NRA Trainer’s Exam. You will need to score 90% or better on the Trainer’s Exam.

Days 2 and 3 (the discipline-specific days) are described below.

If you are already an NRA Certified Instructor in another discipline, you can skip Day 1. HOWEVER, you will need to show proof of having successfully attended/completed an NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT) class and Trainer’s Exam in the last 24 months. If you have not done this, you will need to re-take Basic Instructor Training on Day 1 (new requirement: NRA Training Counselor Guide, Revised 01-10).

Days 2 and 3 are the discipline-specific days, and will begin with the Pre-Course Qualification described above and downloaded in complete form from above links. The course length will vary according to discipline (Rifle is 14 hours, Pistol is 11 hours, Shotgun is 11 hours, and Home Firearms Safety is 5 hours – listed hours are minimums and may be exceeded, if necessary).

NRA Instructor Training Courses do NOT teach shooting skills. You must bring shooting skills with you to the class. Instructor Training Courses teach you how to teach shooting skills, the NRA way. If you need to learn shooting skills, attend a Basic Class.

Instructor certification is dependent on the Candidate’s knowledge, skill, and attitude. Attendance at, and even completion of, an NRA Instructor Training Course does not guarantee Certification.

Directions and Lodging Information

The Range is located at 228th St SW in Bothell, WA 98021.

Direction can be found at the Kenmore Range Web site at

There are 3 reasonable hotels in the immediate area. We’ve not stayed at either one (we live here), but they do seem nice and people who have stayed there were happy with them. Unfortunately, we don’t have enough volume with either one to warrant a special rate.

The Extended Stay America is about 3 minutes from the range, just over the hill.

The Residence Inn is about 10 minutes (1 interstate exit) away.

The Hilton Garden Inn is close to the Residence Inn above.

If you’re driving an RV, we don’t have overnight space, but the Lake Pleasant RV Park is a nice-looking RV park about 5 minutes away.

In the Canyon Park area, there are several restaurants, such as:

Canyon’s – good American food
Grazie Restaurant – very good Italian food
Outback Steak House – (use 98021 as the Zip Code)
Pizza Hut
Mod Pizza
Bonefish Grill

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