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Get certified to teach Ohio Concealed Carry

Get Certified to Teach Ohio Concealed Carry (CCW) Classes

 

NRA CERTIFIED BASIC PISTOL INSTRUCTOR TRAINING

 

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.   

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 two day class that is completed in one weekend. There are also pre-course qualifications that are set by the NRA and are required to be completed before this training. You do not have to have a concealed carry license to become an instructor.

How to Get Certified as an Ohio Conceal Carry (CCW) Instructor

Here is the 3-Step Plan to Get Certified as an NRA Pistol Instructor

 

Step 1:

Verify Eligibility – Must be 21 and able to legally own a firearm. 

Register for an Upcoming Armed2Defend NRA Pistol Instructor Course. Click here for dates.

Step 2:

Complete These 3 Pre-Course Requirements:

 1.  Review this Pre-Course Packet and complete the questionnaire on pages 11-18.

 2.  Practice the pre-course qualifications listed on page 4 in the packet.

Step 3:

Complete the THREE day NRA Pistol Instructor Training that you registered for in Step 1.

After the course report is submitted, you can create your login. Immediately after you pay your credentialing fees to the NRA you are an official NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and able to start teaching!

Want to Teach Conceal Carry Classes?

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.

Want Discounts on Guns and Gear?

Many companies offer discounts for NRA certified instructors. Some of these companies include Sig Sauer, Ruger, Sprinfield Amory, FN, Daniel Defense, Crimson Trace, and many more. 

 

Teach Conceal Carry Classes

Everything You Need To Start Teaching!

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

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 20,000 for Ohio concealed carry and over 500 NRA Instructors!

 

Support After the Certification Training!

Teach Ohio Conceal Carry Training

Want to Teach Conceal Carry Classes?

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. 

Want Discounts on Guns and Gear?

Many companies offer discounts for NRA certified instructors. Some of these companies include Sig Sauer, Ruger, Sprinfield Amory, FN, Daniel Defense, Crimson Trace, and many more. 

Everything You Need To Get Started Teaching!

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 Student 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

After the instructor training you’re ready to get started!

Support After the Certification Training

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 20,000 for Ohio concealed carry and over 500 NRA Instructors!

Course Details

Course Goal:

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).

Prerequisite:

By the end of the first day of training, you will have to complete all of the pre-course qualification listed here to be able to continue the instructor training.

The NRA also requires the completion of the Instructor Led version of the NRA Basic Pistol Course. This will be completed on the first day of the instructor training. Please don’t ask, there are absolutly no exceptions to the NRA Basic Pistol Training requirement. You must complete it on day one of this training.

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.

Course Fee:

$369 for the 3-day NRA Pistol Instructor class. This fee includes all required courses and pre-course qualification requirements. 

Total Cost:

$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)

Course 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 an see more details on the location here: https://armed2defend.com/wagnalls-classroom/ 

Course Length:

The NRA Pistol Instructor Training is THREE full days. Each day typically goes from 8 am to 8 pm. The actual ending times are based on the instructor candidates’ performance. The registration system only shows the first of the three day training. The training days are consecutive.

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 and sighting system can be used. No AR style pistols will be allowed.

The actual amount of ammo needed is based on your performance. We recommend that you bring 200 rounds of ammo for the training and qualification. The actual total of shots will be between 100 and 250 depending on your skill level and the lesson plan.

We can supply the range safety equipment for your to borrow if needed. We require side shields on glasses. 

Why Choose Armed2Defend for Your Instructor Training?

We have trained far more students than anyone else.

Learn from the most experienced instructional team! 

Our students love us!

You'll find overwhelming evidence on Google, Facebook, Yelp, Angies List and Yellow Pages. 

 

 

Don't just get certified, get trained by one of the most experienced trainers!

Kevin Sadeski has trained over 500 NRA Certified Instructors. Learn from the best and have the best after the training support!

 

We have a passion for providing not only great instruction, but also great customer service.

We are proud to have earned the Angies List Super Service award 7 years in a row: 2013-2019.

NRA Membership Recruiter of the Year for 2016!

Top Instructor Recruiter in the nation for 2014 - 2019.

Armed2Defend has recruited over 10,000 NRA Members!

NRA Pistol Instructor Training FAQs

Where are the Classes Held?

The classes are held in Canal Winchester (Lithopolis), Ohio (in central Ohio, Southeast of Columbus, Ohio).  

Here are detailed directions to the classroom: https://armed2defend.com/wagnalls-classroom/ 

Our large, covered range is on private property in Canal Winchester and is only used for Armed2Defend training courses. We will travel the 4 minutes to the range one day during the course. An email will be sent with the details.

All THREE days of the training will go from around 8 am till 8 pm. The actual ending times are based on the instructor candidates’ performance.

Do I Have to Take the NRA Basic Pistol Course?

This course is taught on day one of my NRA Pistol Instructor training and is included when you sign up.

You must take the basic course! There is absolutly no exemptions. Please don’t ask for an exception, the answer is always no. 

Please note, that having a concealed carry license, military training, law enforcement training, or any other training experience does not exempt you from this requirement.

Just as OPOTA doesn’t recognize my NRA credentials towards the OPOTA Instructor prerequisites, the NRA doesn’t recognize other organizations training towards their prerequisites.

What If I Miss My Scheduled Class Day?

Your $369 payment includes a $100 non-refundable and non-transferable deposit payment. This deposit cannot be transferred to a new class date.

If you have to change your class date, you forfeit the $100 portion of your $369 payment but the remaining $269 can be applied to a future class date.

When Can I Start Teaching?

It can take up to 12 days after the class to become certified, but generally it is much faster. After you pass the course Armed2Defend has up to 10 days to submit the course report to the NRA. After the report is submitted, I’ll send you an email to notify you.

The NRA may take up to 2 days to process the report and then you’ll be able to create your login on the NRA Instructor Portal and pay your credentialing fees. After the fees are paid then you’re instantly a certified instructor. You’ll then be able to download your instructor credential card and certificate from the NRA instructor portal and start teaching classes. You’ll also get full access to the lesson plan and PowerPoint presentations. 

How Long is the Certification Good For? How do I Renew it?

The NRA uses a 2 years certification period. Before the 2 years are up, all you must do is pay the certification fee to extend it an additional 2 years. The current 2-year fee is $35 for NRA members or $60 if you’re not a member.

Currently, the NRA does not require renewal training for the NRA Pistol Instructor Certification but they might in the future.

Do I Have to Have a Concealed Carry License?

No, you just need to meet the pre-course requirements to take the training.

Day 1 of my NRA Pistol Instructor training can also be used to apply for your license if needed. 

Which States will My NRA Instructor Certification be Valid in?

The NRA Pistol Instructor Certification is a national certification. You can teach in any state, but you might not be able to certify for any state’s concealed carry license.

Each state sets the instructor credential and the training requirement needed to get the license. You’ll just have to check with the state that you are interested in teaching in to see if the NRA Pistol Instructor certification will work.

Since the NRA is considered the gold standard for firearms instruction, many states do accept the NRA Pistol Instructor certification.

I'm Under 21, Can I Become an Instructor?

The NRA has three types of instructors. All Certified Instructors must be 21 or older. Certified Instructors can teach on their own without over-site. This is also the certification you want to be able to teach Ohio CCW classes.

NRA Assistant Instructors can assist in classes and order course materials from the NRA. To become an Assistant Instructor you have to be 18 or older and complete all the other requirements just as if you wanted to become a Certified Instructor.

NRA Apprentice Instructors can also assist in classes. To become an Apprentice Instructor you have to be 13-17 and complete all the other requirements just as if you wanted to become a Certified Instructor.

Contact Kevin with any questions about the different levels of instructors.

 

Upcoming Dates

Detailed Steps to Become an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor

Please note that these requirements are just the basics. Your attitude and participation are also used in determining if you can be certified. Only instructor candidates that prove that they will represent the NRA in an appropriate manor with the proper knowledge, skills, and attitude will be able to become certified. If you come with an open mind and a positive attitude, then you’ll do great.

This is a detailed list of steps. Break down each step to digest it bits at a time. As you read through it, give me a call with your questions, 614-503-5214. 

Step 1: Course Pre-Requisites:

1. What qualifies you to become an instructor:

  • Must be able to legally own a firearm.
  • Must be 21 to become a Certified Instructor. (Assistant and Apprentice Instructors can be younger than 21. Please contact us for details if you are under 21.)

2. Complete the NRA Basic Pistol Instructor Led Course:

This is an NRA requirement and there are NO exceptions. You must complete the student version of any NRA class that you are going to get certified in before you can take the instructor level training.

PLEASE NOTE: If you took the course in the past, you’ll need to provide a copy of the NRA certificate as proof. It must be an original copy of the official NRA course completion certificate and not just a certificate from an NRA instructor. (NRA Certificates have the NRA Secretary’s signature.) It also must be the full in person training and not the blended version. 

Click here for upcoming NRA Basic Pistol Class dates.

The next two steps can be completed when you come to take this course.

3. Verify Shooting Skills:

You can complete these demonstrations when you come to take the NRA Basic Pistol course. If you are not taking the Basic Pistol course though Armed2Defend, then you must schedule a time to complete it before the instructor training.

  • Demonstrate how to load and unload the following pistol types. If you complete the NRA Basic Pistol training through Armed2Defend, we’ll teach you how to perform these steps.
    1. Single Action Revolver
    2. Double Action Revolver
    3. Semi-Automatic
  • Using the NRA methods demonstrate how to clear the following malfunctions with a semi-automatic. The directions are given in the pre-course packet on page 16 towards the bottom. Just follow them step by step but you must practice ahead of time.
    1. Failure to Fire
    2. Double Feed
  • Demonstrate the required shooting skills by scoring 16/20 hits within a 3-inch circle and within a 2-inch group at 15 feet. More details are given on page 17 within the pre-course packet. The targets that you will be shooting are on pages 6 and 7. Be sure to practice shooting before coming for the demonstration. Even skilled shooters are unable to complete this qualification unless if they master it before coming out. Don’t think you’re the exception; please just practice it. 

4. Complete the Pre-Course Questionnaire:

Turn in the filled-out pre-course packet when you come to complete these pre-course demonstrations.

Step 2: Register for the NRA Pistol Instructor Course:

1. Select Your Class Date:

Click on a date listed here and then click to register. Please be sure that you understand all the requirements for the training before signing up.

2. When Registering Pay the Course Fee:

You are not officially registered until you pay the course fee.

Current NRA Certified Instructors:

If you are a current NRA Certified Instructor and have completed the NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT) within the past 24 months, you can get a discount and skip some of the training. Please contact us for details.

Step 3: Complete the NRA Pistol Instructor Training:

This training consists of two parts conducted over 2-days. Both components are required by the NRA.

1. NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT):

This is the first component of the training and is completed in the first day of the instructor training. You must score a 90% or greater on the open book and open notes test to pass. Exam material will be covered in the class.

2. The NRA Pistol Instructor Training:

This course starts after the BIT is completed on the first day. The remaining portion of this course is completed on day two of the instructor training. You must score a 90% or greater on the open book and open notes test to pass. Exam material will be covered in the class.

Step 4: Finalize Your Credentials with the NRA:

 

1. Armed2Defend Submits Your Course Report:

Armed2Defend has up to 10 days to submit your completion to the NRA. We typically submit it within a couple of days but occasionally a lack of information from some instructor candidates.can cause a delay in the report being able to be submitted.

2. Finalize Your Credentials:

After the course report is submitted, an email is sent to you with directions on how to finalize your credentials.

  • You must create a log in on the NRA Instructor Portal using your NRA membership ID.
  • Pay your certification fee. This is paid to the NRA directly, not to Armed2Defend. It is either $35 if you are an NRA member or $60 if you are not. (You can join the NRA here.) This fee could change in the future.

3. Access Your NRA Instructor Materials:

After you pay your fee you are instantly an NRA Certified Instructor! At this point you have full access to your instructor materials, and you can start teaching.

Step 5: Get Ready to Teach:

 

Once you are certified you can start teaching classes.

Student Certificates:

All the details on what to include on your student certificates will be given at your instructor training by Armed2Defend.

More Resources:

Armed2Defend will give you additional resources to help improve your training and details on how to get discounts on guns and gun related items.

Cover Ohio CHL Training Requirements:

For the Ohio Concealed Carry License (CHL), you can teach the NRA class or create your own. Be sure that you complete the requirements for the Ohio concealed carry license as listed in the Ohio Revised Code section 2923.125 (G) (1). Also, the student needs to pass the competency examination described in section 2923.125 (G) (2) of the Ohio Revised Code.

Step 6: Additional Training:

Becoming an NRA Pistol Instructor meets the Ohio CHL (CCW) training requirement, but as an instructor you should continue to train to improve your classes.

 

NRA Certified Range Safety Officer (RSO):

This one-day training teaches you how to successfully run a range. https://armed2defend.com/classes/nra-instructor-and-range-officer-training/

NRA Certified Chief Range Safety Officer (CRSO):

This one-day class is the follow up for the RSO certification and it certifies you to teach NRA RSO Certification classes. It also covers the information needed to setup a range facility and establish Range Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). https://armed2defend.com/classes/nra-instructor-and-range-officer-training/

NRA CCW Instructor:

This is the new course from the NRA that teaches how to properly draw from concealment and shoot defensively. It can replace the NRA Basic Pistol course platform to teach Ohio concealed carry classes. There aren’t many NRA Instructors certified to teach this course. https://armed2defend.com/nra-ccw-instructor-training/

USCCA Instructor Certification:

Take your classes to the next level with high quality presentations and course materials. The United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) is dedicated to teaching courses that are relevant and practical. Their lesson plan will equip you to teach classes that focus on the defensive elements over just the basics of pistol handling and operations. https://armed2defend.com/classes/uscca_certified_instructor/

NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home Instructor Training:

This home defense course allows you to teach the first of the NRA defensive pistol courses. The course is a one-day class. This course can also be used to replace the NRA Basic Pistol for a beyond the basics Ohio concealed carry course. https://armed2defend.com/classes/nra-instructor-and-range-officer-training/ 

Recommended Hotel Options

(There are some inexpensive options off Interstate 70 on Scarborough Blvd and Brice Rd (~$45-$70). Even so, we would not recommend staying in that area.)

Carraway Guest House

156 Washington St, Canal Winchester, OH 43110

6 min to classroom 
Approx $79/night

Closest option by far. In quaint downtown Canal Winchester.

Friendly owners. Great reviews.

Unfortunately it is frequently booked up.

Best Western Canal Winchester Inn

6323 Prentiss School Place, Canal Winchester, OH 43110

9 min to classroom
Approx $139/night

Second closest option. Close to several restaurants & fast food options.

Arguably overpriced.

Holiday Inn Express Southeast Columbus

4041 Hamilton Square Blvd, Columbus, OH 43125

16 min to classroom
Approx $150/night

Located right next to the previous option (WoodSpring) but much more expensive.

At this price point, the much closer Best Western would make more sense.

Baymont by Wyndham Columbus/ Rickenbacker

2323 Rickenbacker Pkwy W, Columbus, OH  43217

16 min to classroom
Approx $80/night

Inexpensive. Looks nice. Right across from the Rickenbacker Military Base.

Surrounded by warehouses. No close fast food or grocery store options.

Testimonials

Megan L.
Megan L.
23:33 13 Mar 21
Highly recommend! Very nice and informative
Aaron B.
Aaron B.
22:20 07 Mar 21
This class was one of the best classes I've taken. It was fun and entertaining as well as informative. I felt the upselled everything, yet everything they sold was only high quality products that they believed in. Now I believe in them too. They're motto, "It's a lifestyle." is something I've already learned to adapt.
christine B.
christine B.
22:15 07 Mar 21
I had an incredible experience with the class yesterday. I had some knowledge as to what was to be expected. The class was informative and educational. For me the best part of the day was the drive home, my 22 year old son was with me and the knowledge he gained from the experience. I would highly recommend this company.
Christine B.
Christine B.
22:12 07 Mar 21
My 22 year old son and I attended the class yesterday. To say we err impressed is an understatement. The instructors were fabulous and answered all of our questions. They had excellent scenarios to help us better understand this life choice. The range was awesome and we watched people who had never handled a weapon become confident in their abilities. It was truly an incredible experience. I highly recommend Arm2defend
Joseph G.
Joseph G.
21:23 07 Mar 21
As someone who has taken NRA Pistol classes before, I was happily surprised that the range training for the CHL featured 5+ NRA Instructors, as well as the leaders of the training, Alisha, and Kevin who are NRA Instructors themselves. Most other training providers I considedred don't provide instruction during the training process, and the investment in qualified NRA Instructors made me feel much better about this training over the others that I investigated before applying for my CHL. This is a great Company to use whether you're an experienced shooter, or have never shot a gun before. You will feel more comfortable with a firearm, and understand the responsibilities you have as a firearm owner by going through this company. Would highly recommend.
Chris B.
Chris B.
14:05 07 Mar 21
I signed up to get my conceal handgun license and was incredibly impressed by this team. They held an on line class as well as an in person class....
Brandi M.
Brandi M.
23:52 06 Mar 21
This was a great class to attend. The instructors were very knowledgeable on all the information given. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for this type of class.
Jason F.
Jason F.
23:17 28 Feb 21
Took the class last week. Highly recommend to anyone thinking about attending CCW training. Great class, Great Instructors
Tony J.
Tony J.
19:25 20 Feb 21
Great class and great detail for CCW holders.
Bobbie S.
Bobbie S.
01:28 17 Jan 21
Took my class today! Would recommend to anyone! Such great people running this program and so much one on one attention in the range. Thanks so much! Bobbie Sheets
Tabetha L.
Tabetha L.
18:43 05 Jan 21
The staff was very knowledgeable from class to the range. It was absolutely the best experience.
Dream B.
Dream B.
02:28 04 Dec 20
This was a very informative class with great instructors, they did a awesome job with engaging and involving everyone in the class. Also huge shout out to Instructor George at the range, Doing an awesome job!!

We are family owned and operated.

You’ll quickly see that our business is more than a business to us. We have a passion to provide meaningful training. It is that passion that fuels us!

I took a class to become a concealed carrier in January 2010 (before we started Armed2Defend). My instructor was there to collect my payment and check off some boxes. He didn’t care if I learned anything. It was a paycheck to him and in his eyes the class was just a hoop for me to jump through. Ten months later Armed2Defend was born with the vision of providing excellent training at an affordable price.

Our instructors are amazing. They will make sure you learn the knowledge, skills and attitude that set the foundation for being a responsibly armed citizen! And you’ll feel like part of the Armed2Defend family during the process. 

I hope to meet you in a class soon,

Alisha Sadeski