Though I am an NRA Instructor, I have been approached by the owner of a new gun shop inquiring about conducting CWP courses in conjunction with his new store.
The catch is that he wants the course to lean more towards the legalities of carrying concealed rather than the basics of firearms handling. The class he took a couple years back was done this way...and so that's what he knows.
His concern is that the First Steps course will be too long for his purposes (committing the floor space for the class)...and that we won't be able to cover the ins and outs of carrying in Florida as well as walk to attendees through the requisite paperwork.
This is what I've been able to find regarding accepted training in the Florida Statutes...
So you guys that are also NRA trainers know that we cannot conduct a firearms training class unless it is an NRA certified class...UNLESS we use a disclaimer stating what we are teaching is not authorized by the NRA. (I forget the specific nomenclature at this moment...it's after midnight ) I cannot teach a course that is not based upon the NRA's curriculum while representing myself as an NRA Instructor...clear as mud right???(h) Demonstrates competence with a firearm by any one of the following:
1. Completion of any hunter education or hunter safety course approved by the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission or a similar agency of another state;
2. Completion of any National Rifle Association firearms safety or training course;
3. Completion of any firearms safety or training course or class available to the general public offered by a law enforcement, junior college, college, or private or public institution or organization or firearms training school, utilizing instructors certified by the National Rifle Association, Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, or the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services;
4. Completion of any law enforcement firearms safety or training course or class offered for security guards, investigators, special deputies, or any division or subdivision of law enforcement or security enforcement;
5. Presents evidence of equivalent experience with a firearm through participation in organized shooting competition or military service;
6. Is licensed or has been licensed to carry a firearm in this state or a county or municipality of this state, unless such license has been revoked for cause; or
7. Completion of any firearms training or safety course or class conducted by a state-certified or National Rifle Association certified firearms instructor;
So my questions is this...how does one get certified by the state to teach a non-NRA certified course? I can't seem to find a lick of information online as to how you would go about this...yet there are TONS of CWP classes being conducted around the state...that are NOT NRA certified...
Am I missing something here???