Instructor Training

Depending on the Instructor credential you desire, some processes are easier than others. Take time to carefully read all the information below, and follow the rabbit trails of links to better understand what you need to do.

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.


BSA Instructor

If you want to be a Boy Scouts of America Firearms Instructor (BSAI), you must be an NRA Instructor (NRAI) or, you may take an NRA Coach School. Go to for more information.

To support the local Scouting Shooting Sports Coordinator (SSC), QUALIFIED* leaders who want to be Firearms Instructors may attend NPSI's NRAI training. BSAI courses have the same course objectives as any NRAI course.

*Qualified means Instructor Candidates are recognized and recommended by the BSA SSC and shall:

  1. Take, or be a Rifle and Shotgun Instructor BEFORE Pistol Instructor.
  2. Be associated with a troop; endorsed by Scout Master to establish your position in the Troop.
  3. Have an adult scouter number.
  4. Be current in youth protection training (YPT); proof of training required.
  5. Meet all NRAI requirements outlined below.

Note. To take the Scout troop shooting you must also have a Range Safety Officer (RSO) who is a different person than the Instructor/Coach. RSOs are NOT Instructors. RSO is NOT required to be an Instructor. RSO Candidates shall:

  1. Be associated with a troop; endorsed by Scout Master to establish your position in the Troop.
  2. Have an adult scouter number.
  3. Be current in youth protection training (YPT); proof of training required.
  4. Meet all NRA RSO requirements.


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).

[Once you are Instructor qualified, you need to spend three (3) days training with DPS, and qualify with the revolver and semi-auto pistol.] For more information about how to become a certified License To Carry (LTC) Instructor, see


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)

The leading cause of confusion is people refuse to read and follow instructions. If you do not, can not, will not follow instructions, you do not qualify to be an instructor.

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.

Instructor candidates, regardless of background and credentialing (e.g. military trainers; local, state or federal LE Trainers; etc.) must complete all requirements to be certified. There are no waivers, but feel free to get your own "NO" from the NRA Training Department.

NRA Education and Training requires Instructor Candidates (ICs) to pass 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. Register, attend, and pass the NRA basic course for the discipline (Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, CCW, etc.) you want to teach;


If you already took the basic course for the discipline, send NPSI a copy of your certificate today.

NEW. For now, the NRA Training Department is authorizing the Distance Learning and Blended, Basics of Pistol Shooting to satisfy the basic course requirement for Pistol Instructor Courses as well as the already approved Instructor Led only version. NPSI is NOT doing Distant Learning classes.

There are no credits, or waivers for your current or past experience and qualifications. You have to pass this class.

__ 2. Pass the Instructor pre-test and Instructor pre-course qualification for the discipline sought. Instructor Pre-course Qualifications are conducted 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. You may re-register to attend a future training date when you are ready.

A live performance is scheduled the morning of, unless otherwise scheduled and accomplished prior to the course. If you do not pass, you are not eligible to attend the discipline specific Instructor course and dismissed from the class.

__ 3. Register, attend, and pass the NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT) within two (2) years, and;

BIT is Part 1 of the Instructor course. I need proof of attendance. If this is not current, NRA will deny your certification.

(Items 1-3 may be accomplished in any order. You may not do 4 until 1-3 are done.)

 __ 4. Register, attend, and pass (Part 2) discipline specific (BPI, BRI, BSI, CCWI, etc.) training.

In accordance with NRA policy, no class may be smaller than four (4) students. Therefore, classes with less than four (4) eligible ICs are rescheduled or put on a waiting list.

*Whereas Reloading and the HFSI pre-qualification is lengthy and comprehensive, NPSI continues to require candidates to register for a separate pre-course qualification class, or pass Basic Reloading, or HFS or RSO at NPSI for HFSI.

Register for all classes you need separately. 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 Candidates 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.

Chief Range Safety Officer Candidates must be an NRA Certified Range Safety Officer and have attended Basic Instructor Training within two years prior to attending CRSO Training. 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 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.
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.

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

Refuse To Be A Victim® Instructor

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:

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: