Want to be certified? 


NRA Certified Instructors are individuals who are 21 years old or older and are otherwise fully qualified to conduct NRA Basic Firearm Training Courses. Certified instructor ratings are available in twelve disciplines.

NRA Instructor Training Courses consist of two parts. Part one, “Basic Instructor Training (mandatory),” is common to all instructor training courses, and lasts six hours. This course is taken one time for all disciplines.  Part two is discipline-specific for NRA Basic Pistol Instructor, and lasts an additional 10 hours.

Candidates must understand that the NRA Instructor Training Courses are not designed to teach shooting skills, or to prepare candidates to teach courses other than those of the NRA Basic Firearm Training Program. The NRA Instructor courses take experienced shooters and teach them to “teach” shooting using the NRA methodology and standards. The NRA certification provides them with credibility for the skills they have acquired throughout their own life experiences.

Instructor candidates must attend all 2 days to be certified.

Age 21+
Course Material
Provided by Instructor

Firearms and ammunition
Provided by students

Course Description
Basic Instructor Training: Goal

To develop NRA Certified Instructors who possess the Knowledge, Skills, and Attitude necessary to organize and conduct NRA Basic Firearm Training Courses.

Course Lessons

Opening Exercise – How to introduce a speaker
Lesson I – The Instructor and the NRA Basic Firearm Training Program
Lesson II – Using a Training Team
Lesson III – Training Material and Training Aids
Lesson IV – Organizing your Course
Lesson V – Preparing to Teach

Basic Pistol Instructor Training: Goal

To develop NRA Certified Instructors who possess the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to conduct the NRA Basic Pistol Course.

Course Lessons:
All new NRA Pistols instructors must take the new version of the online E-learning portion of the Student Phase I course.  You will need to know how to describe for your students what is involved in Phase I.  You will receive books from the NRA for the Instructor training Phase II.  The message below is being sent to all students in May and June to make sure they will go online and take the Phase I portion before registering for classes here a Centennial Gun Club.  Please follow the instructions below.

The new NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting

Description: The NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting is a two-part course consisting of an e-learning portion, Phase I (completed online-in your own time frame) at and a hands-on practical portion, Phase II conducted at a range under the guidance and supervision of an NRA-Certified Instructor. The course is intended for all adults regardless of previous shooting experience or NRA-affiliation. Some of the topics in the course include: gun safety rules, proper operation of revolvers and semi-automatic pistols, ammunition knowledge and selection, selecting and storing a pistol, the fundamentals of shooting, and pistol inspection and maintenance. When you enroll in the online course, you create a personal identification number (PIN). When you successfully complete the course, printing your certificate activates that PIN. You have 60 days to enroll in a Phase II Instructor Led session.  After completion of the e-learning portion go to – Hover over the training tab– select Classes-Handgun Training Section-select NRA Basics Pistol – and register. Bring your certificate and PIN number with you to class. During the instructor-led-training portion of the course, an NRA Certified Instructor will validate comprehension and application of gun safety rules; range protocol; proper handling; loading and unloading procedures; application of pistol shooting fundamentals; stable shooting positions; live fire; and a final shooting qualification.

NRA Online Course Registration

Note : This course replaces the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting course.

  • Attendee substitutions may be made at any time.
  • Classes rescheduled less than 48 hours will incur a rescheduling fee of $25 per person.
  • Failure to attend the course, or cancellations less than 24 hours in advance, will result in no refund, credit of the course fee, or rescheduling.
  • Centennial Gun Club reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes at any time. If we cancel or reschedule a class due to weather or circumstances beyond our control, you are entitled to a full refund. Centennial Gun Club is not responsible for travel arrangements, travel fees, or any expenses incurred by you as a result of such cancellation. If Centennial Gun Club cancels a class in which you are enrolled, you will be contacted at the email address you used to register. Please be sure to provide a valid email address and check your email before class.
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Basic Instructor Training Only: $149.00

Basic Pistol Instructor Training Only: $169.00

BIT + Pistol Instructor: $299.00






Training is the Foundation of True Skills Development

Prepared Citizen is our nationally-recognized training program at Centennial Gun Club, and you will find a course perfect for you within our various tracks. If you are new to shooting, we recommend our First Shots, Dynamics of Pistol Shooting, and/or Handgun Proficiency courses. If you are already familiar with firearms and are looking to increase your skill, maybe it is time to look at a concealed carry course, or one of the Insight Firearms Development courses: Deadly Accuracy, Speed Shooting, and Killer Low Light.




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