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.

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 www.dps.texas.gov/RSD/LTC/LicenseRegistration/instrguidepres.htm

Texas Private Security Program (PSP) Firearms Instructor

Be a certified firearm training instructor in accordance with Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 35-143, Private Security Administrative Rules.

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.

NRA Firearms Instructor (NRAI)

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.

NRA Education and Training has instituted a new policy that requires Instructor Candidates to have taken the basic course in the corresponding discipline prior to taking the Instructor course. Reloading and Home Firearm Safety* are not affected by this change. You will pass or not, under these conditions:

Candidates shall complete all NRA requirements to be Certified Instructors. This is your checklist:
__ 1. Pass the basic course for the discipline you want to teach. Basic Pistol Blended (online) does NOT count for NRAI. There are no credits, or waivers;
__ 2. Complete the pre-course questionnaire;
__ 3. Pass the pre-test and pre-course qualification* for the discipline sought, (a live performance is scheduled the morning of, unless otherwise scheduled);

__ 4. Pass (Part 1) NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT) within two (2) years; and
__ 5. Pass (Part 2) discipline specific training. In accordance with NRA policy, no class may be smaller than four (4) students. Therefore, classes with less than four (4) are rescheduled. 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.

*Whereas the HFSI pre-qualification is lengthy and comprehensive, NPSI continues to require HFSI candidates to register for a separate pre-course qualification class (www.npsitraining.com/class/70707), or pass HFS or RSO before taking HFSI.

**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 all classes you need separately. An instructor certification with any other organization, does NOT waive NRA requirements. See the NPSI Course Catalog for training dates and rates. If your discipline is not scheduled, please request the course at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

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.

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. Instructor Candidates (ICs) can go to NRAInstructors.org 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 www.nrainstructors.org to begin the process. Review this file for help.
 
 
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.

 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. www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zpwDLgaYeY

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.

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.

IDWs 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: www.nrainstructors.org

To register yourself at www.nrainstructors.org

For help with using www.nrainstructors.org, go to: https://www.nrainstructors.org/InstructorAdmin/docs/coursehelp.pdf

To order materials, visit: http://materials.nrahq.org/go/home.aspx

Use the following links to find information that you need:

For information concerning Gunsmithing Schools, visit: http://www.nragunsmithing.com/

NRA Recruiter information is available at recruiting.nra.org

NRA Law Enforcement Division (LED) training info is at: le.nra.org/