NRA FIREARMS INSTRUCTOR COURSES
taught by HGR Firearms
The NRA Instructor's Program (CFI: Certified Firearms Instructor as I call it at HGR) is designed to give you the knowledge, skills, and attitude to successfully educate your students in the discipline(s) you have become certified to teach.
Instructors Applicants are EXPERIENCED SHOOTERS who wish to share their enjoyment of the shooting sports with their fellow law-abiding citizens. You will provide a valuable community service by helping youth organizations, educational facilities, and firearms oriented clubs in your area.
All NRA Instuctor classes are taught my NRA Training Counselors. HGR has 2 TC's, Greg Knox, and Len Assante. TC's are experienced shooters and educators, and bring a wide array of training aids, concepts, and experiences with them, to convey to you. You will complete the course, which is required, to teach the focus matter of your class: Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, and many more (See bottom of page for a list).
As an instructor, you will need to complete the Basic Course of the Discipline (such as Rifle, Shotgun, Pistol, Personal Protection, etc.), the Basic Instructor's Training (BIT) (every 12 months only if you have not added an instructor certificate in the past 12 months (after that you receive credit for the Basic CFI), and then teach that course with an instructor's evaluation to other applicants and the training counselors. Upon completetion, you will be ready to face the public with confidence.
YOU WILL LEARN SEVERAL KEY CONCEPTS: as an example:
1. TPI (Total Participant Involvement) .. explain, demonstrate, and let the student do it, explain it, and practice it.
2. Learn to say the same thing, 5 different ways, because not everyone will understand the 1st way you say something.
3. Teach the Class to the Training Counselors. Teaching it makes you understand it more, better, and helps you find the key
phrases for the concept.
You will learn the contents of the NRA Educational Programs, and we will give you guidence on how to set up your business (advertising, dealers, legal issues). Given time, training, and training aids, you can make a profit while doing something you love to do.
Those working for HGR Firearms Instruction are held to a HIGHER STANDARD. Once they are working here, they are placed with a Mentor. The Mentor will guide them through several classes, making sure the paperwork is in order, and assisting them in finding the key phrases, smooth classroom delivery, and conducting a safe, informative, and comprehensive range period. Once the mentor and owner are satisfied with the instructor's performance, the new instructor is cleared to teach in that discipline, and eligible for additional NRA certifications at a greatly reduced rate.
Greg Knox and Len Assante (both NRA Training Counselors) encourages loyalty to HGR by making each instructor part of the developing team and training them in addition instructor certifications, such at Rifle, Shotgun, Personal Protection, etc.
In order for an instructor to teach a class, they must have the instructor endorsement for that class.
THE BASIC INSTRUCTOR TRAINING (6 HOURS)
This course is designed to teach you the basic fundamentals of teaching. Anyone can be an instructor (the simple transfer of information). We want you to be a TEACHER. A Teacher does more than recite information. A Teacher conveys the message in several different ways, using SIGHT, HEARING, FEELING, and THINKING to get the point to the student. If a student doesn't understand what is said, a TEACHER will know another way to get them to understand.
The Basic Instructor Training (BIT) Course only needs to be taken one time per year, but that is waived if you continue your instructor certifications with the NRA. After that, you only take the Instructor's Course of the Discipline of Interest (Shotgun, Pistol, Rifle, etc.) and the evaluation. The first CFI course offered is your choice. If you have not had the Basic Dicipline Course, that should be taken before hand or in conjunction with the Instructors Course. Enroll in the Basic Dicipline (shotgun / rifle) Course, Basic CFI, and Instructor for a discount.
The Evaluation may be the whole course presentation or parts of it as determined by the Training Counselor. Items evaluated include smoothness of presentation, use of training aids, topic knowledge, NRA Guideline use, attitude of the teacher, and prior experiences.
EVALUATION REQUIRED: THE NRA REQUIRES ALL APPLICANTS DEMONSTRATE THAT THEY POSSESS THE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ATTITUDE FOR EACH AREA THEY WISH TO TEACH, PRIOR TO THE BEGINNING OF THE CLASS. THIS INCLUDES MARKSMANSHIP, SAFETY, CLEARING AND LOADING OF THE FIREARMS INVOLVED IN A CLASS. I SUGGEST THIS BE DONE WHILE TAKING THE BASIC COURSE, BECAUSE IF YOU CAN'T SHOOT, YOU WON'T BE CERTIFIED TO INSTRUCT. INSTRUCTOR CLASSES ARE NOT DESIGNED TO TEACH YOU TO SHOOT .... THEY TEACH YOU HOW TO TEACH. Any doubts? Lets go shoot I'll let you know. (PRE-ASSSESMENT SHOOTING: Pistol: 6 inch groups at 50 ft AND you must be able to align the sights on the handgun). Shotgun: Greater than 50% hits on clay targets from a trap machine set at 43 mph, constant throwing path.
The "Pre-Class Assessment of Skills" is an evaluation that consist of a written test, loading & unloading the firearms, and shooting. You may use your firearm for the shooting if it conforms to the NRA Guidelines. I RECOMMEND YOU DO THIS AS PART OF THE BASIC
DISCIPLINE COURSE (RIFLE, SHOTGUN, PISTOL) using the Package deal if offered.
TIME ALLOCATION: The time required for the Pre-assessment varies but is about 1.5 hours. If this is incorporated in with a Basic Course there is no fee. If you chose not to combine it with a Basic course, then there is a $100 charge for the 90 minutes (setup, transportation to range, written and firearms Knowledge test, and marksmanship demonstration). There may be a range fee if the range is required (up to $20.00 to the range). If you take longer than 1 hour to qualify, the rate of $50/hr applies. This test is critical, and mandatory by the NRA.
Many applicants take several meetings to get qualified. The cost is "PER MEETING". if conducted at a commerical range. The charge is reduced if there is no travel for HGR staff. Again, we prefer to include your qualification in the allocated "range" portion of the basic class.
You may provide your own ammo and firearms if they meet the NRA Standards for the test. Ask for current firearms list. THE BEST OPTION IS TO COMBINE THE EVALUATION WHEN YOU TAKE THE BASIC COURSE WHILE IT'S FRESH IN YOUR MIND.
Being an instructor will require training aids. That gets expensive and requires the costs become incorporated into the training budget. We present the best quality courses in the Tennessee Valley. I believe you will agree, you get what you pay for. During this class, you will have a large array of training aids and firearms to use, at no additional cost, to increase your understanding of the concepts, and get more experience on firearms you may have never operated before.
We use TOTAL PARTICIPANT INVOLVEMENT: HANDS ON ! ! !
TELL ME I FORGET
SHOW ME I REMEMBER
INVOLVE ME I UNDERSTAND
Step 1. Attend Basic Course (shotgun 10 hrs / rifle 14 hrs / etc) (or show certificate of completion from a NRA Instrutor).
Step 2. Attend Basic CFI (Certified Firearms Instructor) Course 6 hours.
Step 3. Demonstrate Competency in the discipline of choice (shotgun/rifle/etc).
EVERY INSTRUCTOR MUST BE ABLE TO SHOOT. The NRA and HGR have higher standards above the basic class requirements. NRA Instructors will normally have to shoot at the 70% accuracy level. HGR instructors will need to shoot at or above 85%. As the HGR Instructors certifications increase, so must his/her accuracy. A HGR TACTICAL PISTOL INSTRUCTOR SHOULD BE SHOOTING ABOVE 90% accuracy, as an example.
Step 4. Attend the Instructors Course for the discipline (11-15 hrs).
Step 5. Teach all or portions of the course (time based on evaluation, plan full course).
BASIC CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR CLASS DATES: (6 hrs)
$150 INVESTMENT include required manuals
BASIC NRA PISTOL preparation for Instructor
(10 hrs) $100 INVESTMENT + range fees and ammo
NRA PISTOL INSTRUCTOR 11 hrs + Pre-qualification. This course alone is $300 INVESTMENT includes required books.
Basic Shotgun, Muzzleloader, Reloading, Personal Protection and
Basic Rifle, Refuse To Be A Victim, Range Safety Officer: followed by the respective INSTRUCTOR Available
THE HANDGUN INSTRUCTOR COURSE (10 hours + evaluation).
MUST COMPLETE PRE-QUALIFYING COURSES.
THE SHOTGUN INSTRUCTOR COURSE (11 hours + evaluation)
THE RIFLE INSTRUCTORS COURSE (15 hours + evaluation)
THE PERSONAL PROTECTION IN THE HOME COURSE (8 hours + evaluation)
The PERSONAL PROTECTION OUTSIDE OF THE HOME COURSE..
THE RELOADING METALLIC / SHOTSHELL INSTRUCTORS COURSE
(8 hrs + evaluation)
THE MUZZLELOADERS RIFLE INSTRUCTORS COURSE (14 hours + evaluation)
THE RANGE SAFETY OFFICER COURSE (9 hours + evaluation)
REFUSE TO BE A VICTIM COURSE (9 hours + evaluation)
HERE IS A SAMPLE INSTRUCTOR TEST QUESTION: WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE TECHNIQUES BEING USED IN THIS PICTURE?
NRA'S INSTRUCTOR DESCRIPTION BELOW
Become an Instructor
Since 1871, a major objective of the National Rifle Association has been to provide education and training in the safe and proper use of firearms. Knowing how to shoot is an important requirement for NRA instructors, but you will also need to know how to teach others to shoot. NRA Instructor Training Courses help you develop the additional knowledge, skills and techniques needed to organize and teach courses in the NRA Basic Firearm Training Program.
Instructor training courses are conducted by NRA Training Counselors
. Training Counselors are active and experienced instructors who have been certified by NRA to train experienced shooters to teach others to shoot. NRA Instructor Training courses are available with HGR Firearms.
To qualify as an NRA Instructor:
· Candidates 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.
· Candidates will be required to demonstrate solid and safe firearms handling skills required to be successful during an instructor training course by completing pre-course questionnaires and qualification exercises administered by the NRA Appointed Training Counselor.
· Candidates must satisfactorily complete an NRA Instructor Training Course in the discipline they wish to teach (e.g., NRA Basic Pistol Course), and receive the endorsement of the NRA Training Counselor conducting that training.
NRA Instructor courses are discipline specific. During the course, candidates will learn NRA policies and procedures, basic public speaking skills, training methodology, use of a training team and training aids, organizing a course, building a budget, and finally preparing to teach. In addition, candidates 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 candidates, with 10-12 candidates being ideal. Candidates take turns working in teams, actually conducting portions of the course to other candidates who portray basic students.
Training Counselors will evaluate 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. Candidates 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%).
Instructor ratings are available to conduct the following NRA courses:
· Basic Pistol Shooting
· Personal Protection in the Home
· Personal Protection Outside the Home
· Basic Rifle Shooting
· Basic Shotgun Shooting
· Basic Muzzleloading Pistol
· Basic Muzzleloading Rifle
· Basic Muzzleloading Shotgun
· Home Firearm Safety
· Metallic Cartridge Reloading
· Shotgun Shell Reloading
· Range Safety Officer
NRA Certified Instructors provide an invaluable service in their communities by training hundreds of thousands of individuals annually. As more Americans choose to exercise their right to own a firearm, so too grows the need for these courses.
You can be the vital element in meeting this need by becoming an NRA Certified Instructor and conducting NRA Basic Firearm Training Courses. As an instructor, you can experience the personal satisfaction of teaching others the basics - the knowledge, skills and attitude that will lead to a lifetime of safe, enjoyable and successful involvement in firearm and shooting activities.
NRA Certified Instructors are expected to:
· Conduct NRA Basic Courses in accordance with policies and procedures outlined by NRA
· Uphold the quality and integrity of national firearm safety and training standards established by NRA
· Promote firearm safety and the shooting sports
· Report training data to NRA
YOU WANT TO TEACH THE TENNESSEE CARRY PERMIT CLASSES: There are several requirements to teach the Carry Permit Classes. 1) complete either the Tennessee Instructor Course, or the NRA Instructor Class. The difference is the Tenn Instr. Class allows you to ONLY teach in Tennessee. The NRA Instructor Rating is world wide. If you want to teach shotgun class, you will need the NRA certification as the State only applies to handgun. Check the Price, take the NRA certifications as they are progressive and you move up the instructor ranks with each new rating.