Instructor Training

Our training staff is made up of experienced instructors who are, in many cases, certified to certify instructors.  From senior NRA Training Counselors, military/government certified Master Instructors, and other Instructor-Trainer level backgrounds, NPSI boasts some of the most extensively trained and highest-rated level instructors available.

For detailed information about the instructor level classes we provide, look under the "Instructor Training" tab under "Training Catalog" under the "Classes" link at the top of the page. If you want to host a class in your community, let us know.

To be a Texas License to Carry Handgun (LTC) Instructor (LTCI), How To Become A New Instructor – GC §411.190. QUALIFIED HANDGUN INSTRUCTORS ... (a) The director [DPS] may certify as a qualified handgun instructor a person who: (1) is certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement or under Chapter 1702, Occupations Code, to instruct others in the use of handguns; (2) regularly instructs others in the use of handguns and has graduated from a handgun instructor school that uses a nationally accepted course designed to train persons as handgun instructors; or (3) is certified by the National Rifle Association of America as a handgun [Basic Pistol] instructor (read below). For more information about how to become a certified License To Carry (LTC) Instructor, see

To be a Texas Private Security Program (PSP) Firearms Instructor, you must be a certified firearm training instructor in accordance with Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 35-143, Private Security Administrative Rules.

To be a Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Instructor, CAP Regulation 60-1, Cadet Program Management defines the purposes of the CAP Cadet Program and identifies policies governing its administration. 2.10.2. …sponsored and supervised by instructors holding current credentials as military range safety officers, law enforcement firearms instructors, or National Rifle Association, National Skeet Shooting Association or Amateur Trap Shooting Association firearms instructors.

To be an NRA Firearms Instructor. In accordance with the now enforced NRA policy, no class may be smaller than four (4) students. Therefore, classes with less than four (4) will be rescheduled. You may request a  waiver at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. There is a lot of conflicting information on too many websites, including the NRA. So, to make it simple, this page will tell you what needs to be done, and how it is done at NPSI. It is your Training Counselor's responsibility to meet NRA objectives. You will pass or not, under these conditions. Candidates shall complete the pre-course questionnaire, the pre-course qualification* for the discipline sought (a live performance is scheduled the morning of, unless otherwise scheduled), attend (Part 1) the NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT) within two (2) years, and attend (Part 2) discipline specific training.

*Pre-course Qualifications are often evaluated the morning of the discipline training or by appointment (for a fee). If you do not pass the Pre-course Qualification, you are not eligible to attend the discipline training.

Register for BIT and the discipline you desire separately. An instructor certification with any other organization, does NOT waive NRA requirements. See the NPSI Course Catalog for training dates and rates.

NRA Basic Pistol Instructor (BPI) Candidates shall complete ALL three items, in order:
First. The Instructor Led Training (ILT) for The Basics of Pistol Shooting. This is listed as Pistol/Basic Handgun (NRA ILT) in the NPSI Course Catalog. (Yes, you have to attend the basic one-day class.
Second. BIT (Part 1), or have completed within two years (
Third. The BPI discipline (Part II)* (
*A basic student shooting the instructor qualification in a Basic Pistol course  doesn’t count towards a future Instructor pre-qualification, unless the instructor is a Training Counselor.

This one hour video is very informative. Watch NRA Training Counselor, Klint Macro inform NRA Instructors on how to train students in the new NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting program.

NRA Instructor disciplines:

  • Chief Range Safety Officer (NRA)
  • Home Firearms Safety Instructor (NRA)
  • Metallic Cartridge Reloading Instructor, Basic (NRA)
  • Muzzleloading Instructor, (NRA-NMLRA)
  • Personal Protection In The Home Instructor (NRA)
  • Personal Protection Outside The Home Instructor (NRA)
  • Pistol Instructor, Basic (NRA)
  • Rifle Instructor, Basic (NRA)
  • Shotgun Instructor, Basic (NRA)
  • Shotgun Shell Reloading Instructor, Basic (NRA)

Refer to the NPSI Course Catalog for course details and requisite requirements.

Passing the pre-course qualification is often a challenge. If you do not pass, you will be excused; or may be invited to attend, but will not receive credit.

NRA cannot provide any assistance in training foreign persons due to conflicting information from the U.S. Government regarding regulations pertinent to foreign persons and arms training. NRA cannot process any requests for assistance in training foreign persons. In view of the above, we regret to inform you that NRA cannot renew NRA firearm trainer credentials for any foreign national.

NRA certification costs are paid directly to the NRA once course objectives are satisfactorily met:
• New first time Instructors and Range Safety Officers $30 for 2 years
• Additional ratings; one-time $10 fee
• Renewing Training Counselors, Instructors, Chief Range Safety Officers, and Range Safety Officers; $30 for a two year term, regardless of how many ratings are being renewed
• All first time Instructors and Range Safety Officers will pay a flat rate of. $50 for 2 years term
• Additional ratings; one-time $20 fee
• Renewing Instructors, Chief Range Safety Officers, and Range Safety Officers will pay a flat rate of $50 for a two year term, regardless of how many ratings are being renewed
NRA membership is not required to be an instructor, however, if you are NOT a member, you will need to wait until you receive your NRA Instructor ID number to register. NPSI offers discounts on NRA membership.

Regretfully, attending the basic course is not always required by NRA standards. Personal Protection In The Home (PPITH) builds on material presented in Basic Pistol (BP), Personal Protection Outside The Home (PPOTH) builds on material presented in PPITH. PPOTH Advanced is one requisite to PPOTH instructor. NPSI always presents the Advanced course.

Whereas the HFSI pre-qualification is lengthy and comprehensive, NPSI requires HFSI candidates to register for a separate pre-course qualification class (, or pass HFS or RSO before taking HFSI.

A Personal Protection In The Home Instructor candidate must be a NRA Certified Pistol Instructor prior to attending Personal Protection In The Home Instructor training.

A Personal Protection Outside The Home Instructor Candidates must be an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, as well as an NRA Certified Personal Protection In The Home Instructor.

Upon successful completion of all course requirements, Instructor Candidates (ICs) can go to within 30 days and complete the credentialing process; register, log in, check off the electronic disclaimer, pay the credentialing fee, and then print, download, or email the certificate/ID card. ICs may not perform in the capacity as an NRA RSOs/Trainer until this process is complete. Go to to begin the process. Review this file for help.

We highly encourage attending BP and PPITH. Other instructors and students alike agree it is value added. It is not that you necessarily need the learnin’, it is the best way to see what the course format looks like, and get immersed in NRA lingo and methods. The instructors that excel in BIT are basic course graduates.

We give a 10% discount when BIT and three (3) or more disciplines are taken, and paid for all at once.

You may normally use any firearm type, but you must be very familiar with all firearm types in the discipline you plan to teach.

PPOTH ICs must have a set of welding goggles for low light firing during the day, and a holster purse. You can order a nice purse from NPSI for about $60. They are quality, and they fit big guy hands. Be sure to select IN-STORE PICK-UP for the shipping option and we will have it when you attend class.

Refuse To Be A Victim® instructor candidates must attend the Refuse To Be A Victim® Seminar and then a one- to two-day Instructor Development Workshop (IDW) or complete the Online Instructor Training course.

Instructor Development Workshops are taught by Regional Counselors and concentrates on technical aspects of the program, instructor expectations, certification guidelines, developing speaking techniques and presentation skills, marketing seminars, etc.

Other NRA Instructor help links:

To renew your credentials immediately, log in and go to:

To register yourself at

For help with using, go to:

To order materials, visit:

Use the following links to find information that you need:

For information concerning Gunsmithing Schools, visit:

NRA Recruiter information is available at

NRA Law Enforcement Division (LED) training info is at:

 NOTE:  Due to the focus and mission of the NRA Training Department, all instructor candidates, regardless of background and credentialing (e.g. Military Trainers; local, state or federal LE Trainers; etc) must attend an NRA Instructor Course in the discipline for which they wish to be certified.