The NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT) class is the first part of every discipline-specific NRA instructor course. Discipline-specific NRA instructor courses include NRA Basic Pistol Instructor Training, NRA Basic Rifle Instructor Training, NRA Basic Shotgun Instructor Training.
Before you can attend and complete any of those discipline-specific NRA instructor classes you must: 1. complete this NRA Basic Instructor Training class; 2. submit a Pre-Course Questionnaire together with your application for the class; and 3. pass a Pre-Course Qualification test intended to determine your suitability for the discipline-specific course that comes next.
NRA Basic Instructor Training is designed to develop NRA Certified Instructors who possess the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to conduct the NRA Basic Firearm Training Courses. It is the NRA class that helps people who already have subject matter expertise learn how to hold a class the NRA way so that their students earn recognized NRA certification.
NRA Basic Instructor Training opens with an exercise on “How to Introduce a Speaker” designed as an icebreaker. You’re paired with another Instructor Candidate, spend a few minutes in exchanging information, and introduce each other to the class. Immediately you start learning how to talk on your feet while we teach you how to offer useful praise and constructive suggestions. You’re teaching. We help you conquer shyness and develop a communications bridge with a group of people who depend on you for positive instruction. Our classes establish an atmosphere in which your fellow students assist us in helping you succeed.
Step by step we guide you through five key lessons that help you learn essential methods of conducting a formal NRA class in the use of firearms. NRA Basic Instructor Training concludes with “Preparing to Teach” followed by the Trainers Examination.
After you successfully complete NRA Basic Instructor Training with a score of at least 90% on the Trainers Examination you should be ready for whichever discipline-specific instructor training class comes next for you: Chief RSO, Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, or Personal Protection depending on your qualifications and enrollment. You demonstrate your qualifications for the discipline-specific class by passing the Pre-Course Qualification test associated with the specific discipline.
Here are the five lessons in the NRA Basic Instructor Training class:
Opening exercise: How to Introduce a Speaker
I. The Instructor and the NRA Basic Firearm Training Program
II. Using a Training Team
III. Training Materials and Training Aids
IV. Organizing Your Course
V. Preparing to Teach
This class concludes with the Trainers Examination, on which you must score 90% or better to pass the class. The discipline-specific instructor class that you take next begins with a “Lesson VI” appropriate to that discipline.
NOTE: this class must be taken every 2 years to maintain Instructor certification.