Become an NRA Instructor

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Since 1871, a major objective of the National Rifle Association (NRA) 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, who are active and experienced instructors appointed by the NRA to train experienced shooters (like you) to teach others. Bob Hopper of BeSafeAcademy is an approved and highly regarded NRA Training Counselor. Bob offers multiple NRA Instructor Certification Classes including:

  • Basic Pistol Instructor (Important - read the Six Steps below for this class)
  • Home Firearm Safety Instructor
  • Personal Protection in the Home Instructor
  • Personal Protection Outside the Home Instructor
  • Chief Range Safety Officer
  • Rifle and Shotgun Instructor

You can become an NRA Certified Instructor in any of these seven disciplines in four steps:

STEP ONE: Read the information provided on our website and the NRA website, both of which explain the qualification requirements and process. For the NRA website, go to

STEP TWO: Register for one of our NRA Instructor Training Courses.

STEP THREE: Attend and pass the NRA course requirements.

STEP FOUR: Receive the recommendation of your Training Counselor and receive your NRA Instructor credentials from the NRA (approximately 4-6 weeks).

(for more detailed information, read our “Understanding Certification” page on this site)

Effective March 1, 2016, the NRA has changed the way that Pistol Instructors are trained and certified.

The Six Step Process to become an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor (effective 03/01/2016)

Step #1: Pick the date and location of your training with BeSafeAcademy (Orlando or Sarasota) and prepay to reserve your seat

Step #2: Go on-line with a computer to

  • Pay the $60 tuition to the NRA
  • Complete the on-line course in Basics of Pistol Shooting (Phase I)

Step #3: E-mail Bob at informing him that you have completed the on-line portion of your training.

Step #4: Bob will e-mail you the link to the NRA Basic Pistol Course Phase II Lesson Plans which you will download, review and bring to class with you.

Step #5: Attend the two-day NRA Pistol Instructor training with Bob and successfully complete the course (open-book exam and range qualification).

Step #6: Receive your credentials from the NRA and begin your teaching adventure.


Q: Why do I have to complete a portion of my NRA Pistol Instructor training on-line?
A: This will ensure consistency of excellence in the training of NRA instructors, and prepare you for your two-days of training with Bob when you attend his BeSafeAcademy.

Q: What will my two-days of training consist of at BeSafeAcademy?
A: Day One (8:00 am – 4:00 pm) will be your Basic Instructor Training (BIT) which involves learning the policies and procedures of the NRA, how to recruit students to attend your courses and practical suggestions and coaching to empower you to become an effective NRA instructor. (There is a simple, open-book exam at the end of this first day).

Day Two (8:00 am – 4:00 pm) consists of classroom instruction on Phase II of the the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting course (Phase I was the on-line portion of the course that you took on the NRA website). There is a simple open-book exam and a range qualification on this day.

Q: How soon will I get my NRA Pistol Instructor credentials so I can begin to teach?
A: If you are a member of the NRA, you were given an NRA membership number when you joined. Once you successfully complete your training with BeSafeAcademy, the NRA will attach your teaching credentials to your existing NRA membership number within 4 days after your two-day class is completed.

If you are not a member of the NRA, upon successfully completing your two-day class, the NRA takes longer to process your teaching credentials. The NRA will give you an instructor number which usually takes 2-6 weeks. You can quickly and easily become a member of the NRA by going to:

Q: Will this training allow my to teach the Concealed Carry Class in the state of Florida?
A: First, there is no such thing as a “Concealed Carry Class” in Florida. That is, there is no standard curriculum, no minimum hours of training and no standard range qualification. There is, however, the requirement that those who apply for their FL CWL (Concealed Weapon License) receive training by... "Completion of any firearms training or safety course or class conducted by a state-certified (CJSTC or DACS) or National Rifle Association certified firearms instructor." (FL statute 790.06, Division of Agriculture and Licensing).

It is obvious that Florida has high regard for the NRA and its Certified Instructors and accepts the training that we offer to our students to secure their CWL. With that being said, after securing your NRA Pistol Instructor Certification, you may begin to teach those who desire to secure a Florida CWL.

Q: Why are Bob’s NRA Pistol Instructor courses always full, with a waiting list?
A: The best way to answer that question is to read the “Student Testimonials” on this website. Bob can provide you references upon request. He is a highly regarded NRA Training Counselor among the NRA Certified Instructor community throughout FL; has trained nearly 800 NRA instructors with a 90% pass rate; offers those 10% of students who do not pass on their first attempt to repeat any portion of the training again for free so that they can either retake the test or requalify at the range.

He is also the founder of the Florida Concealed Gun Training Network, the author of Basic Handgun for the New Shooter, and a graduate of the Sig Sauer Academy as a Master Pistol Instructor in addition to his impressive NRA credentials.

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