Short Description: This 16-hour course teaches the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to organizing, promoting and teaching NRA’s Basic Rifle Shooting course.

Prerequisite: Possession of basic firearm safety and shooting skills is a perquisite for certification as an NRA instructor. Prior to the instructor training, candidates complete a pre-course questionnaire and demonstrate their firearm background in pre-course assessment exercises.

Description: Course is presented in two parts: Basic Instructor Training, and discipline specific instructor training. Students demonstrate organizational and teaching skills via participation in practical exercises during the course, and complete an instructor certification examination. Students will receive the NRA Trainer’s Guide, NRA Rifle Shooting Instructor Candidate Packet and NRA Basic Rifle Shooting course student packet.

NRA Instructor Pistol Shooting Course

Certified RSOs looking to become a Chief RSO must take a course put on by an NRA Training Counselor who also holds the Chief RSO certification. This 14-hour course is presented in two parts: Basic Instructor Training and NRA Chief Range Safety Officer training. Sessions include standard operating procedures, inspections, emergency procedures, firearm stoppages and malfunctions, safety briefings. Students must demonstrate organizational and teaching skills via participation in practical exercises and complete an open book exam. Once the course is completed the RSO will be upgraded to a NRA Chief Range Safety Officer.

NRA Instructor Rifle Shooting Course 

NRA Instructor Personal Protection In the Home Course

NRA Instructor Shotgun Shooting Course

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Short Description: This 17-hour course teaches the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to organizing, promoting and teaching NRA’s Basic Shotgun Shooting Course.

Prerequisite: Possession of basic firearm safety and shooting skills is a perquisite for certification as an NRA instructor. Prior to the instructor training, candidates complete a pre-course questionnaire and demonstrate their firearm background in pre-course assessment exercises.

Description: Course is presented in two parts: basic instructor training and discipline specific instructor training. Students demonstrate organizational and teaching skills via participation in practical exercises during the course, and complete an instructor certification examination. Students will receive the NRA Trainer’s Guide, NRA Shotgun Instructor Candidate packet, and NRA Basic Shotgun Shooting course student packet.

NRA Chief Range Safety Officer Course


Short Description: This 15-hour course teaches the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to organizing, promoting and teaching the NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home course.

Prerequisite: Must be an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor. Prior to the course, candidates complete a pre-course questionnaire and demonstrate their firearm background in pre-course assessment exercises.

Description: Course is presented in two parts: basic instructor training and discipline specific instructor training. Students demonstrate organizational and teaching skills via participation in practical exercises during the course, and complete an instructor certification examination. Students will receive the NRA Trainer’s Guide, NRA Basics Of Personal Protection In The Home Instructor Candidate Packet, and NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home course student packet.


This training certifies you to become NRA Certified Instructor! This is a great certification to add if you are already a permit to carry instructor or looking for Information to help you get started in your own instructor business. All NRA materials will be included. These courses require long days.  Prior to attending this course a questionnaire, and instructor LED portion must be successfully passed with written test of 90% The online NRA basics of pistol shooting course is optional and if you plan to complete online portion contact us prior to taking online course.

The pre course questionnaire and pre course qualification are required. This training meets carry permit/CCW instructor requirements for many states (some states have additional training requirements). For permit to carry instructor credentialing it is highly recommended to take, both NRA instructor basic pistol shooting and NRA Instructor Personal Protection In The Home. The Two combined offers very thorough instructor insight for any permit to carry instructor and fulfills statutory training requirements. Check out NRA Training Counselor's Eric Holien bio and  training background at http://www.greatlakestraininggroup.com/ and feel free to contact Eric Holien with any questions, or for more information. Note: The NRA has a new requirement- All Instructor Candidates must take the instructor LED portion with any NRA basic pistol instructor or the just prior to the instructor course, this is  part of the New NRA Basic Pistol Course before attending this course. Thanks, Eric Holien Great Lakes Training Group.

This 22-hour course teaches the knowledge, skills and attitude essential to organizing, promoting and teaching NRA’s Basic Pistol Shooting course.

Prerequisite: Possession of basic firearm safety and shooting skills is a perquisite for certification as an NRA instructor. Prior to the instructor training, candidates complete a pre-course questionnaire, successfully pass Instructor LED portion of the Basics of Pistol Shooting student course, and demonstrate their firearm background in pre-course qualification assessment exercises. 

Course is presented in two parts: basic instructor training, and discipline specific instructor training. Students demonstrate organizational and teaching skills via participation in practical exercises during the course, and complete an instructor certification examination. Students will receive the NRA Trainer’s Guide, NRA Pistol Shooting Instructor Candidate Packet and NRA Basic Pistol Shooting course student packet.