NRA Instructor Courses

NRA Certified Pistol Instructor

Do you want to become an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor?  Applications are now being accepted for our upcoming NRA Instructor courses.  If you want the ability to conduct classes that will allow others to obtain their Virginia CCW permit or if you just want to obtain instructor credentials, now is your opportunity to reserve a seat in the class of your choice.  Only 12 applicants will be accepted.

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NRA Certified Rifle Instructor

All candidates are required to successfully complete a live-fire, a pre-course qualification at a local range, observed by an instructor or training counselor, to assess the candidate’s firearm handling skills (Loading / Unloading / Malfunctions), attitude towards safety and marksmanship skills. The candidates may use their own Bolt Action Rifle, Lever Action Rifle and Semi-Auto Rifle for the live fire shooting, however, the handling skills must be demonstrated with both a bolt action and semi-automatic.  (The maximum distance used for marksmanship drills is 50 feet).

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NRA Refuse To Be A Victim® Instructor Development Workshop

This workshop provides the training and credentials necessary to conduct Refuse To Be A Victim seminars in your community.  No previous instructor experience is necessary.

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NRA Personal Protection in the Home Instructor Training

This 9-hour course is designed to give an individual the ability, confidence and competency to instruct the NRA Personal Protection in the Home course of instruction to prospective students.  All candidates must be a certified and current NRA Pistol Instructor.

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NRA Range Safety Officer Certification Training

The NRA Range Safety Officer program was developed in response to the demand for a nationally-recognized range safety officer certification. NRA Range Safety Officers are people who possess the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to organizing, conducting, and supervising safe shooting activities and range operations.

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NRA Home Firearm Safety Instructor Training

This course will allow you to teach the NRA Home Firearm Safety Course.

Non-shooting course and teaches students the basic knowledge, skills, and to explain the attitude necessary for the safe handling and storage of firearms and ammunition in the home. This is a four-hour course for safe gun handling that is conducted in the classroom only. Students are taught NRA’s three rules for safe gun handling; Primary causes of firearms accidents; Firearm parts; How to unload certain action types; Ammunition components; Cleaning; Care; Safe storage of firearms in the home; And the benefits of becoming an active participant in the shooting sports. Students will receive the NRA Home Firearm Safety handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Basic Firearm Training Program brochure, course completion certificate. (Lesson Plan 6-90, reprint 12-08).

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How do you register for a course or find the next available course date?

Once you have found a course above that you are interested in taking, click on the calendar link on the top Menu Bar, Navigate through the months until you find a date that works for you. Click on the course name from within the calendar, this will bring up the course info page, at the bottom of that page you will find a registration form for that specific date, fill it out, pay and you are all set.


Our Mission

IDS focuses on teaching intuitive defensive handgun skills that lend themselves to efficiently handling a firearm in ways that are congruent with the body’s natural reactions under stress. This methodology allows us to better prepare our students for situations where drawing a firearm is a possibility.
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