POB 271523, Dallas, TX 75227

NRA Instructor Pistol Shooting Course



[box style=”warning”] Texas DPS requirements for CHL Instructor applicants are clearly stated in the following statues: §411.172 and §411.190 of the Texas Government Code.  Texas CHL Instructor requirements are also addressed on the DPS CHL FAQ section of the DPS website.

For specifics on “QUALIFIED HANDGUN INSTRUCTORS” as defined by the Texas DPS review §411.190 of the Texas Government Code. †† [/box]

[box style=”warning”] The “Basic Instructor Training” (BIT) requirement applies to EVERYONE seeking to become an NRA firearms Instructor, including government employees, active or retired military and active or retired law enforcement.  * [/box]

Other important Announcements and Frequently Ask Questions at bottom of page.




To qualify as an NRA Instructor, Instructor Candidates (ICs) must possess and demonstrate a solid background in firearm safety and shooting skills acquired through previous firearm training and/or previous shooting experience.

Instructor candidates must be intimately familiar with each action type in the discipline they wish to be certified.

Instructor Candidates will be required to demonstrate solid and safe firearms handling skills required to be successful during the instructor training course.  NRA Training Counselors may assess ICs qualifications by requiring the completion of pre-course questionnaires and/or qualification exercises administered by the NRA Training Counselor.

To become an NRA Certified Instructor all Instructor Candidates MUST satisfactorily complete an NRA Instructor Training Course in the discipline they wish to teach (e.g., NRA Basic Pistol Course), AND… MUST receive the endorsement of the NRA Training Counselor which conducted the training.

Certification as an NRA Certified Instructor is mandatory prior to scheduling any NRA firearms classes to be taught by the Instructor Candidate. **


Basic Instructor Training (BIT) is REQUIRED to be a Certified NRA Instructor regardless of discipline sought.  If an Instructor Candidate for NRA Pistol is all ready an NRA Certified Instructor in another discipline such as NRA Shotgun or NRA Rifle and can provide evidence that they have successfully completed BIT then the Instructor Candidate is not required to retake BIT unless it has been two years since they had BIT  *.

Everyone else regardless of qualifications MUST successfully complete BIT before they can become an NRA Instructor.  Basic Instructor Training is taught as a separate module in advance of the specific discipline being sought.

Basic Instructor Training prepares the Instructor Candidate to teach and run a classroom.  BIT also helps ICS to become familiar with NRA course materials and curriculum.

During the BIT course, ICs will learn:
– NRA policies and procedures
– basic public speaking skills
– training methodology
– use of a training team concepts and training aids
– organizing a course
– building a budget, and
– finally preparing to teach.

In addition, ICs will be provided the appropriate lesson plans and basic course student packets.

Role-playing is a major part of an instructor course; therefore, the minimum class size should be at least four Instructor Candidates, with 10-12 candidates being ideal. ICs take turns working in teams, actually conducting portions of the course to other candidates who portray basic students.

NRA Instructor courses are discipline specific.


The Basic Pistol Course itself is at least 8-hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols.

Students learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; pistol parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting from the bench rest position, and two handed standing positions; cleaning the pistol; and continued opportunities for skill development.

za1Training Counselors will evaluate Instructor Candidates’ performance based on their ability to handle the firearms with confidence, use of appropriate training aids, following the lesson plans and meeting all learning objectives, while utilizing the teaching philosophies expected of NRA Certified Instructors.

mik3Candidates can also expect to learn the NRA discipline specific instructional methods and evaluating and improving the performance of beginning shooters.

Candidates will be provided with the NRA Trainer’s Guide, appropriate Lesson Plans and Outlines, Basic Course Student handbooks, certificates, basic student examinations, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program booklet, Basic Firearm Training Programs Brochure, Gun Safety Rules brochure, NRA Trainer’s Examination and NRA discipline specific instructor examination (minimum passing grade is 90% for the exam ****).


This course also includes NRA Home Firearm Safety Instructor Course. This is a non-shooting course and teaches students the basic knowledge, skills, and to explain the attitude necessary for the safe handling and storage of firearms and ammunition in the home.

[box style=”info”] †† Upon successful completion of the NRA Instructor Pistol Shooting Course, you will be issued a “temporary” certificate of completion.  A “permanent” certification card will be mailed to you from NRA Headquarters.  Currently permanent certification cards take approximately 6 to 8 weeks and will be delivered via US Postal Service.

Texas Training Crew (TTC) does not know if a “temporary” certificate is recognized by the Texas DPS for CHL Instructor applicant purposes.  TTC has no control or influence over the Texas DPS CHL program or program requirements.  TTC will not guarantee that Texas DPS requirements will be satisfied, it is the responsibility of the individual CHL Instructor applicant to ensure that all Texas DPS requirements are met. [/box]

[box style=”info”] * ALL NRA Firearms Instructor Candidates (ICs) are REQUIRED to take “Basic Instructor Training” (BIT):
– If they have not taken BIT previously, or
– If it has been (2) two years or more since the anniversary date when they took BIT.

NOTE: An NRA Instructor in good standing with the NRA whom has had BIT within two years and posses an NRA Instructor credential from another discipline may elect to not retake BIT.  BIT is a prerequisite BEFORE attending the NRA Instructors course if the IC does not possess the BIT credential.  This requirement applies to any firearms discipline including Pistol.

BIT is a half day course and is bundled with NRA Home Firearms Safety (HFS).  HFS is not a prerequisite for ICs.  The bundle of BIT & HFS  is usually taught the day prior to the specific NRA Instructor discipline being sought.

Example: BIT & HFS  is taught on Saturday and NRA Pistol Instructor is on Sunday.

For more information about BIT & HFS or to find out if you are required to receive this training please contact us from thru the contact page and we will submit your information to the proper Training Counselor.[/box]

[box style=”error”] * As professional trainers we will NOT circumvent NRA requirements for new instructor candidates.  Please – DO NOT ASK [/box]

[box style=”info”] **  Do NOT schedule NRA classes in advance of receiving your NRA Instructor Credentials.  Upon successful completion of the NRA Instructor Pistol Shooting Course, you will be issued a “temporary” certificate of completion.  Once you receive your “permanent” certificate of completion you may then schedule NRA pistol courses.[/box]

[box style=”warning”] **** All IC’s are required to have a 90% or better score on their written exams to pass the NRA Pistol Instructors course.  Passing the written exam with 90% or better does NOT guarantee an Instructor Candidate will receive their NRA Certified Instructor Credentials or pass the course.

Instructor Candidates MAY be denied Instructor Certification if…
– the IC receives a score of less then 90% correct on their written exam, or
– the IC does not have the correct “ATTITUDE”, or
– the IC exhibits lack of Skills and Knowledge, or
– the IC demonstrates unsafe firearms handling, or
– the IC violates safety rules

It cannot be stressed enough that Instructor Candidates CAN fail this course on “ATTITUDE” alone. [/box]

[box style=”info”] NRA education policy recommends a minimum of 4 students in an Instructors level course.
TTC adheres to NRA policy recommendations and requires a minimum of 4 people to teach a NRA Instructor level course.
NRA recommends a student to teacher ratio of 10/1, TTC adheres to a teaching ratio of 10/1[/box]

[box style=”info”] NRA Instructor Pistol Shooting Course is a two day course with BIT, if BIT is not needed then the course is a one day course. [/box]

[box style=”info”] If you are informed that a particular class is full then that class is full and there is no more seats available.  If you wish to be placed on a standby list please let the instructor know.


No seats will be reserved unless registration is complete and deposit is made.