NRA Pistol Instructor Training (PIT) Classes
"I want to be able to teach like you. I plan on taking more courses from Paladin Services." — S.M. (Service Manager)
Class Length: 11 hours
How to Apply
Our NRA Pistol Instructor Training
course is designed to develop NRA Certified Instructors who possess the
knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to conduct the NRA Basic Pistol
Shooting Course. NRA Pistol Instructor Training begins with our
Instructor Training class, which must be successfully completed first. Both classes
together form the required course for NRA Pistol Instructor certification. (You
are not considered an NRA Certified Instructor until the NRA Training Department
processes your application and issues your instructor credentials.)
NRA Pistol Instructor certification is a
requirement for becoming a Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP)
Instructor in South Carolina, North Carolina, and many other
states. Remember that the individual states decide all matters relating to
their CWP programs including whether, when, and to whom they
issue Instructor certificates. You must apply directly to your
state and meet its requirements for certification as a CWP
From time to time we offer a weekend special course package that
includes NRA Basic Instructor Training
followed by the NRA Pistol Instructor Pre Course Qualification
test and the start of the NRA Pistol Instructor Training class
all on a Saturday, and continues the NRA Pistol Instructor
Training class and related matters the next day, on Sunday.
enroll in our NRA Pistol Instructor
Training class you must:
- successfully complete our NRA Basic Instructor Training
- send us an application to attend the NRA Pistol
Instructor class, an NRA Pre-Course
Questionnaire, and payment of the current class fee;
- achieve satisfactory scores in an NRA Pistol Instructor Pre Course Qualification
assessment that we conduct for qualified and promising potential students;
- demonstrate on an ongoing basis the knowledge, skills,
and attitude that we consider appropriate for an NRA Pistol Instructor candidate.
Pistol Instructor Pre Course
Qualification test you must:
1. achieve a score of 90
percent or higher in the Basic Pistol Shooting Course
Student Exam and 2. have a
minimum passing score of 80 out of a possible 100 points in
firearms handling, shooting competence, and firearms safety
evaluation. Any failure to practice gun safety is grounds
for disqualification and dismissal.
The Basic Pistol Shooting Course Student Exam is an open book test based on
Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting,
which is the student text for the NRA Basic Pistol class. The
exam is the very same exam required of students in that class.
We provide that book to pistol instructor candidates who
take the Pre-Course Qualification test but you can also buy a copy
directly from the NRA before you take our class if you want to
prepare for it:
The NRA states that "Only those candidates who
achieve satisfactory scores in the pre-course qualification, and
who meet other specified requirements for NRA instructors, are
eligible for certification."
instructor training is a course consisting of two classes, an
Course Qualification test in that specific discipline, and
tests at each point. The
Instructor Training class is the first part of that two-part course and
is Lessons I-V of every course. The discipline-specific class is the second part
of that two-part course and begins with Lesson VI.
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Pistol Instructor Training class begins right after
Instructor Training stops: with Lesson VI.
Then NRA Pistol Instructor Training proceeds through eight lessons that teach
you how to conduct the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting course step by
step using the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course Outline and
Lesson Plans, and how
to teach pistol shooting on a basic level. NRA Pistol
Instructor Training concludes with the Pistol
Instructor Examination and other preliminaries to certification
by the NRA.
help you learn you what you need to know for success as an NRA Pistol Instructor and we help you
apply your knowledge, skills, and attitude to teaching your own classes
successfully. Photographs on this page show just a few aspects
of how we teach a typical NRA Pistol Instructor class. Two
photographs give you a glimpse of our hands on instructional
method. First we teach you how to coach a student firing the
first shots. Then we supervise you as you do an actual coaching
session with a student firing those first shots. We explain,
demonstrate, and guide you through what you need as a
first rate certified Pistol Instructor. Look for us in the
photographs and you'll notice that we are always visible but
Here are the lessons in the NRA Pistol Instructor
Introduction to "NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course Outline and
Teaching "Pistol Lesson I: Pistol
Knowledge and Safe Handling"
Teaching "Pistol Lesson II: Ammunition
Knowledge and the Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting"
Basic Pistol Shooting Instructional
Teaching "Pistol Lesson III: Firing
the First Shots"
Teaching "Pistol Lesson IV: Scoring
Targets and Selecting and Maintaining a Pistol"
Evaluating and Improving Performance
of Beginning Pistol Shooters
Teaching "Pistol Lesson V: Continued
Opportunities for Skill Development"
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Here are currently scheduled
NRA Pistol Instructor Training
classes in the Greater
Columbia, SC, area. We add classes throughout the year. If you
do not find a satisfactory class date on this schedule you can
reserve a place on the waiting list for a future class.
How to Apply
Email us now
if you're interested in attending an NRA Pistol Instructor
Training class and/or you want to be a CWP Instructor. We talk with prospective students first. Please be sure to include your
telephone number(s) so we can call to prequalify you for the
class, determine your needs, and answer your
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