Becoming an NRA instructor

Becoming an NRA instructor

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    Becoming an NRA instructor

    I've been thinking about working towards becoming an NRA pistol and personal defense instructor. I'd like some info from those of you who've done this. This isn't a monetary decision, but do you make money at this? Or, is it on a volunteer basis?


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    Yes, I take money. I've found that if you offer service for free, people treat it the same as you value it. Now, I do offer free stuff from time to time to certain community groups and the like, thats a bit different.
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    i'm taking the class now. i hope to make a little money on the side with it and free range time :)

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    You can offer the classes either way.

    As an example, I work with a couple of local gun clubs, providing the training for them at no cost while they charge for people to attend. It is a way to help out the club.

    I also have a training company that offers a number of courses, including those from NRA. I charge for these.

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    if you offer service for free, people treat it the same as you value it

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    I've been certified since the early 1980's. I have focused my classes on the adolescent age group but have taught many adults in the safety and use of all firearms. I have always volunteered my time to local clubs and many classes through Boy Scouts. I find it peaceful contributing back to the community.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Klaatu View Post
    if you offer service for free, people treat it the same as you value it

    Truer words are seldom spoken.
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    what costs are involved to become certified? Are there yearly dues to keep your certification, etc?

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    I'm pretty sure you just have to keep your membership current and teach at least one class a year, but I'm not positive about that.
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    You don't have to be an NRA member to be an instructor, although it is strongly encouraged. The prices listed below are for NRA members. Non-members are charged a little more.

    The certification fees are $6 per year per discipline group for the first year. After your first year, you can renew for 1, 2, or 3 years at a time and, if you renew for more than 1 year, there's a bit of a discount on the $6 per year per group. Renewals are also prorated so you aren't paying "double" for the overlapped time.

    There's also a one time processing fee for each discipline group. The processing fee for the initial instructor certification is $7.50 and subsequent discipline groups are $5.

    You should teach at least one class per year for every discipline in which you are certified.

    If there's something I can help you with or maybe just answer questions you may have, feel free to give me a call.

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    Randy,
    Thanks. I will definately call you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy View Post
    You don't have to be an NRA member to be an instructor, although it is strongly encouraged. The prices listed below are for NRA members. Non-members are charged a little more.

    The certification fees are $6 per year per discipline group for the first year. After your first year, you can renew for 1, 2, or 3 years at a time and, if you renew for more than 1 year, there's a bit of a discount on the $6 per year per group. Renewals are also prorated so you aren't paying "double" for the overlapped time.

    There's also a one time processing fee for each discipline group. The processing fee for the initial instructor certification is $7.50 and subsequent discipline groups are $5.

    You should teach at least one class per year for every discipline in which you are certified.

    If there's something I can help you with or maybe just answer questions you may have, feel free to give me a call.

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    Randy,
    Thanks for the offer. I'll likely call you sometime this spring to discuss further.

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    I make about 200.00 a class (Basic Pistol) We get a good amount of interest because the NRA Basic Pistol class more than meets the requirements of the TN HCP certification.

    Now...as for the range time...I've never spent so much time on a range NOT shooting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dunndw View Post
    Now...as for the range time...I've never spent so much time on a range NOT shooting.
    This sums it up nicely. I'm the range several times a week and rarely fire a shot.

    I try to attend at least two courses a year myself and these are about the only times I have for any quality shooting.

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    I'd just like to say that I put in a call to Randy a little while ago because of this thread, because I am also looking into getting my instructor certification. Randy was very helpful to me and generous with his time.

    Thanks!
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