Upcoming Dates for the NRA Pistol Instructor Training
Instructor classes are three-days. Each day will go 8 am to around 8 pm. This includes all training required, NRA Basic Pistol, NRA Basic Instructor Training, and the NRA Pistol Instructor Training.
Class fee of $369 covers all training fees. This does not include the NRA certificate fee, either $35 or $60 paid to the NRA. The full class fee must be paid when registering.
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You’re on Your Way to Teaching CCW Classes!
Here is the 3-Step Plan to Get Certified as an NRA Pistol Instructor
If you are like most of our instructor candidates, you’re friends have probably been asking if you can teach concealed carry, but you haven’t been able to help them yet.
Do you love guns and enjoy helping others learn how to shoot safely and effectively? Then you’re ready to become an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and get the official credentials to teach the Ohio concealed carry (CCW, CHL) and other firearm courses.
If you want to know how to get certified to teach Ohio concealed carry classes then this training is where you need to be.
Get Certified to Teach Ohio Concealed Carry (CCW) Classes
As a concealed carry instructor not only do you get paid to teach, but you also get many other benefits.
- Discounts on guns and gear
- Earn money while teaching your passion
- Tax savings by writing off your business’s guns, gear, and training
Now is the perfect time to start your concealed carry training business.
Ohio recognizes NRA certified instructors for teaching Ohio Concealed Carry. This instructor level training is a three day class that is completed in an extended weekend. You do not have to have a concealed carry license to become an instructor.
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Becoming an NRA certified pistol instructor is the best way to start teaching or assisting in concealed carry classes. Earn money while providing high quality firearms instruction.
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Get Everything That You Need to Start Teaching!
At the training you receive the materials needed to start teaching:
- Lesson Plans for Multiple NRA Pistol Classes
- PowerPoint Presentation for the NRA Basic Pistol Class
- Copy of the NRA Basic Pistol Course Book
- Copy of the Student’s Exam and Answer Key for the NRA Basic Pistol Course
- Details on How to Teach Ohio Concealed Carry Classes and what to put on your student’s certificates.
After the instructor training you’re ready to get started!
Got Questions After the Training? I’m Here For You!
Although the details are covered in the training, keeping those details straight after the course can be challenging. As your NRA Certified Training Counselor, I’m your first point of contact for NRA program questions. Since I’m a full time instructor, I’m more readily available to quickly get you back on track.
Where do I get the completion certificates?
How can I promote my course on the NRA site for free to get more students?
What details do I have to have in my course?
Rest assured that you have support after the training through Kevin Sadeski who has trained over 25,000 for Ohio concealed carry and over 600 NRA Instructors!
Now is the perfect time to start or expand your concealed carry (CCW) training business.
The NRA Pistol Instructor certification is the mostly widely recognized certification in the country. This is the gold standard for pistol isntruction. All sheriff offices in Ohio honor the NRA creditials for teaching Ohio concealed carry (CCW, CHL) classes.
Many NRA instructors are also becoming USCCA Certified instructors to add to their credentials and course offerings. There are a lot of benefits to the USCCA certification. Click here for details on the USCCA Instructor Certification.
This instructor level training is a three-day class. Please see all the details below. You do not have to have a concealed carry license to become an instructor. Day one of the instructor training can be used to get your license. But if you just want to take an Ohio concealed carry class, you can see the details here: Ohio CCW training, click here.
The goal isn’t to just get certified.
You want to GET TRAINED how to be the BEST INSTRUCTOR.
This is about more than jumping through hoops. You want training that matters. And that’s exactly why Armed2Defend exists.
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Bonus: Includes 5 Real Answers to the concealed carry test.
To develop NRA Certified Instructors who possess the knowledge, skill, and attitude necessary to conduct the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course and to teach for the Ohio and select other states’ Concealed Handgun Carry License (CCW, CHL).
Completion of the pre-course qualification listed here. This video goes into the details and demonstrates the pre-course requirements:
Please note that the instructor level training requires the ability to plan ahead and to be ready for the training and prerequisites. If you have questions, please ask, but you must be familiar with the expectations before the training. If you can’t be prepared for the instructor training, then the expectation is that you won’t be able to properly prepare to teach a class after you certified.
Be sure to record yourself handling the gun and shooting. All instructor candidates have safety issues. Identify and fix them now before the instructor class.
$369 for the 3-day pistol instructor class.
$369 Class fee + $35 (if an NRA member, $60 if not an NRA member) NRA Instructor Certification = $404 (or $429 if not an NRA member).
Join the NRA before the class to get the discount: https://armed2defend.com/nra-membership/
Please see each date for the location. Typically our classes are within 20 minutes of downtown Columbus Ohio. The classroom portion is located at the historic Wagnalls Memorial Library in Lithopolis Ohio. Our private covered shooting range is 4 minutes away in Canal Winchester Ohio.
You can see the detailed directions to the classroom here: https://armed2defend.com/resources/wagnalls/
This course is a full three days. Each day will go from 8 am till around 8 pm.
Day 1 is the NRA Basic Pistol course. This course is required, please don’t ask if you can skip it. This course will teach you the course material and make the next two days of instructor training easier. We’ll end at the shooting range and you’ll be required to complete the pre-course qualifications at that time. You must pass these to continue to Day 2 training. If you do not pass, then you’ll be required to pay a fee to redo the qualification at a future date.
Day 2: This is the NRA Basic Instructor Training. In this course we learn the NRA policy and procedures, what makes a good instructor. This day is all in the classroom.
Day 3: NRA Pistol Instructor Training. This day you’ll actually teach the lesson plan using the NRA instructional methods. This day will have range time. You’ll play the role of the instructor and instruct another instructor candidate through the NRA range training lesson plan. Then you’ll play the role of a student so another instructor candidate can have the chance to teach.
After the course I have up to 10 days to submit the NRA course report. I typically submit it within a few days. After I submit it you’ll be notified and you can create your login on the NRA instructor site and finalize your credentials to become a certified instructor.
Food and Drinks:
You will not be able to leave the class to go out for lunch. Please either pack you own lunch/drinks/snacks or plan to purchase in class. Typically there is an option to purchase food and drinks at the training. More details will be sent after you register and as the class day gets closer. We don’t mind if you are eating/drinking during class. (We have a microwave you can use but we do not have a fridge.)
Gun, Ammo, & Safety Equipment:
You are responsible for supplying the pistol and ammunition for the training and qualification. For this course and qualification any caliber pistol (including 22 lr) and sighting system (including red dot and/or lasers) can be used. No AR style pistols will be allowed. We recommend that you bring around 300 rounds of ammo for the instructor training and qualification. We can supply the range safety equipment for your to borrow if needed. We require side shields on glasses.
Your range gun must be unloaded and in a closed bag, box or case until you’re instructed to remove it. Please have all magazines also unloaded. You’ll load them as instructed during the training. Please leave your firearm locked in your car during the classroom portion. If you aren’t sure, please ask.
Number of Participants:
There must be at least 4 NRA Pistol Instructor Candidates in the training to hold the class. This typically isn’t an issue. Typically the class size is around 10 candidates but depending one demand it might be larger or smaller. Larger isn’t always bad because you get to see a larger variety of instructional styles and techniques from each instructor candidate.
The required NRA Pistol Instructor shooting qualification is not timed but it is scored based on hits within the target and group size. You can read more about the qualification here. At Armed2Defend we modified the qualification distance to 15 feet (instead of 45 ft) and modified the target accordingly to a 3 inch circle with a 2 inch group requirement. You must score 16/20 within the target and group size to qualify. You will have three attempts to qualify.
You must also adhere to the NRA’s 3 gun safety rules and follow the instructor’s commands to pass. Typically 20% of the instructor candidates fail this qualification due to safety issues or lack of skill. You must come prepared to pass.
The targets are in the pre-course qualification packet here: https://armed2defend.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/NRA_Pistol_Instructor_Candidate_Packet_Armed2Defend.pdf
Your training matters.
We’ll give you an amazing experience.
Flexible class schedules, knowledgable instructors, and a great learning experience.
I recommend this class to all my family, friends and anyone looking for a great CCW class.
Thank you for doing an outstanding job!! Keep up the good work.
humorous and kind....obvious dedication and enjoyment of teaching others to be safe, competent, and prepared.
treat every one with the same dignity, respect, consideration, humility, and humor.
encouraged participation makes class fun and welcoming and you'll want it to be your "defense learning home". worth every penny.
We’re Kevin & Alisha
We’re ordinary people who happen to take our safety seriously. You’ll find our approach to concealed carry to feel more practical than tactical. So if you were hoping for a class that feels like boot-camp, this isn’t it.
We love helping people like you gain the peace of mind that comes from knowing you could protect yourself and your family.
We can’t wait to meet you!