SFT NRA Instructor Academy

Hi, thanks for your interest in becoming an NRA Firearms Instructor. My name is Pierre Salomon, your Training Counselor (TC), and will be conducting your upcoming course. This passage serves to answer any questions you may have beforehand. To become an NRA Instructor, you must first be certified in the same discipline as a student. In addition to the basic NRA student certifications; you must be experienced, knowledgeable, and competent in safety and the use of a variety of firearm platforms. Based on the firearm discipline you’re interested in, you must be proficient with semiautomatic pistols, single/double action revolvers, semi/lever/pump/break action shotguns, or semi/lever/bolt action rifles. If you have not yet achieved this, please contact SFT to schedule you in for a private class before your instructor course. Lastly, you must be a member of the NRA, to be an Instructor. To join the NRA or extend your expiring membership, click on this link for discounted rates. https://membership.nrahq.org/forms/signup.asp?campaignid=XI029484 

You are required to completely fill out the NRA Instructor Training Program Pre-Course Questionnaire and email proof of all your firearms certifications/training, prior to attending your NRA Instructor course. If you are qualified to be an Instructor Candidate (IC), you will be invited to take the course. If not qualified/ready, you will be sent an outline suggesting courses of action to take, that is likely to get you the experience & training you need to qualify. Also, participation as an “Instructor Candidate” in the course does not guarantee instructor certification in the discipline. IC must be able to perform each objective listed on the NRA Instructor Training Program Pre-Course Assessment/Qualification. I have opted out to give the assessment at the end of the course, as it will maximize an IC performance during this practical examination. It is not our goal nor desire to fail any IC, but the NRA has set strict standards, and they must all be met to receive instructor ratings.

NRA Instructor Courses teaches the knowledge, skills, & attitude essential in organizing, promoting, and teaching firearm safety courses. NRA Instructor Courses are presented in two parts: Basic Instructor Training (BIT) which is 6 hours and discipline specific instructor training which is X hours (time varies per discipline). BIT covers NRA policies & procedures, basic public speaking skills, training methodology, use of a training team, training aids, organizing a course, budgeting, and finally preparing to teach.   *PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TIMES SPECIFIED FOR THE NRA INSTRUCTOR COURSES DO NOT INCLUDE THE PRE-COURSE ASSESSMENT QULIFICATION & SHOOTING QUALIFICATION EXERCISES. IC MUST BE PREPARED TO SPEND ADDITIONAL TIME BEFORE OR AFTER CLASS, TO ALLOT ENOUGH TIME TO CONDUCT THE SHOOTING AND PRACTICAL EXAMS.*

The description of the NRA student courses are below, and as an IC, it is expected that you already have this knowledge & skills. Various firearm actions & platforms included in training that you will be working with are: FNH Scar MK17, Tavor B18RS, AK47, AR-15 Rifle, Ruger 10/22, Savage Mark 2 .22, Henry G.B. lever action .22, Stevens 555 break action shotgun, Mossberg 930 semiautomatic shotgun, Mossberg 88 pump action shotgun, Glock .40, M&P .40, 1911, M9 Beretta, RugerSR .22, Ruger Mark III, Ruger GP-100 & Single Six Revolvers. Reminder, NRA Instructor courses are not designed to teach you the basics & fundamentals of shooting and other general information. It is not our job to teach you how to safely/properly operate various firearm platforms or learn how to shoot, in an instructor level course. If you need additional training to prepare you for your NRA Instructor Course, please contact SFT to schedule you in for a private class.

IC demonstrate organizational & teaching skills via participation in practical exercises during the course, complete 2 instructor written examinations, and complete an instructor shooting exam. IC will receive the NRA Trainer’s Guide, IC packet which includes lesson plans that help prepare you to teach, and respective student packet. IC must bring the following to class: Government issued ID, LTC, Notebook/Laptop, Pen, Highlighter, 2” three-ring binder, 10 Sheets of document protectors, Bright colored target dots, 1 Blank Firearm Training Budget Worksheet, 1 Blank Instructor Course Evaluation, 2 Instructor Pre-Course Assessments/Qualifications, and at least 10 copies of each IC Shooting Qualification Targets. Lastly, IC must bring “respectively” a PISTOL/RIFLE/SHOTGUN of their choice, of any action, sights, or caliber, and 200 respective rounds (specific firearm depends on which course discipline you are taking). IC may also use/buy products from SFT as an alternative. All stated documents are attached to your introductory email when you register for your course and at the following link, so there are no surprises on what you will be tested on. www.dropbox.com/sh/5kvtq2o7oqx0ure/AAApFjtgZ66UxBElHrk7Obzla?dl=0  I advise you to examine the documents thoroughly and conduct the respective training, to best prepare for & successfully complete the course. You have been given all the information you need to succeed; so I expect you to do well 🙂 If you conduct the respective training and achieve less than desired results, please sign up for a private class at SFT to get you up to speed on the required skills, to ensure that you successfully pass the course.

Once you successfully complete the course, your information will be entered into the NRA database. It will take about 72hrs for your credentials to show up online, then you have to pay the NRA a $30 fee for your new instructor rating. Once paid, you will officially be an NRA Instructor in the discipline you took. You can teach courses with just your NRA certification as an individual or a corporation, but if you want your students to be able to apply for their LTC & FID Card in MA with your training, then you must become a “MA State Police Certified Basic Firearms Safety Instructor” (BFSI), costing $50. You can pick up an application and/or contact them at the following: MA State Police, Firearms Licensing, 470 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA, 01702, Firearms.licensing@massmail.state.ma.us. Once you receive your BFS number from the State Police, you’re authorized to teach and certify “MA State Police Approved Classes”. More information can be found on the state website here   www.mass.gov/eopss/firearms-reg-and-laws/gun-laws/515-cmr-300-firearms.html. The MA BFS Instructor certification is valid for 10 years. The NRA Instructor certification is good for 2 years and is renewable without further training, at the cost of $30 for every 2 year period. The NRA Instructor certification is valid nationwide and is even recognized internationally. If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact SFT at info@salomonfirearms.com, or 857-523-0776. Thank you very much for your interest in becoming an NRA Instructor, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

SFT Instructor Course Marathon

SFT holds an Instructor Marathon once a quarter, in addition to regular scheduled courses throughout the months. The Instructor Marathon is the best and most convenient way to jump start & fast track yourself into a new career; and start your own business! Be sure to book your classes in advance to secure your spot, as seats always fill up quickly.

                                                                                                                      

5/1/17 @ 9am- NRA Basic Instructor Training (6 Hrs) – $0 [BIT]

5/2/17 @ 9am- NRA Instructor Home Firearm Safety (5 Hrs) – $300

5/3/17 @ 9am- NRA Instructor Basics of Pistol Shooting (10 Hrs) –$300

5/4/17 @ 9am- NRA Instructor Basic Rifle Shooting (10 Hrs) –$300

5/5/17 @ 9am- NRA Instructor Basic Shotgun Shooting (11 Hrs) – $300

5/6/17 @ 9am- NRA Range Safety Officer (9 Hrs) – $175

5/7/17 @ 9am- NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home (8 Hrs) – $200

5/8/17 @ 9am- NRA Basic Personal Protection Out The Home (7/14 Hrs) – $250

5/9/17 @ 9am- NRA Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home (14/14 Hrs) – $0

5/10/17 @ 9am- NRA Instructor Basic Personal Protection In The Home (9 Hrs) – $300

5/11/17 @ 9am- NRA Instructor Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home (8/16 Hrs) – $300

5/12/17 @ 9am- NRA Instructor Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home (16/16 Hrs) – $0

5/13/17 @ 9am- NRA Chief Range Safety Officer (8 Hrs) – $300

5/14/17 @ 9am- SFT Entrepreneur Workshop (6 Hrs) – $100

5/15/17 @ 9am- Range/Make Up Day (X Hrs) – $0

Total Cost = 2,825

Total Time = 112 hours ; Free Lunch Provided for all Instructor classes

NRA Instructor Courses

IHFS teaches the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to organizing, promoting, and teaching the NRA HFS course. IHFS is presented in two parts, Basic Instructor Training (BIT) & discipline specific instructor training. Course covers NRA policies & procedures, basic public speaking skills, confidence & competence, learning objectives, training methodology, teaching philosophy, use of training teams, training aids, organizing a course, budgeting, preparing to teach, evaluating & improving performance of new shooters. Instructor Candidates (IC) must be experienced shooters that possess and demonstrate a solid background in firearm safety, handling skills, & shooting skills acquired through previous firearms training and/or shooting experience. In addition, IC must be intimately familiar with the various action types of each firearm discipline (pistol/rifle/shotgun). IC demonstrate previous experience, organizational, & teaching skills via pre-course assessment, practical exercises in course, & instructor written exams. IC take turns working in teams, teaching actual portions of the HFS course to other ICs role-playing as basic students. IC will receive the NRA Trainer’s Guide, IC Packet (includes lesson plans to prepare you to teach), and HFS student course packet.

Prerequisites – NRA HFS or Equivalent Training

IBPS teaches the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to organizing, promoting, and teaching the NRA BPS course. IBPS is presented in two parts, Basic Instructor Training (BIT) & discipline specific instructor training. Course covers NRA policies & procedures, basic public speaking skills, confidence & competence, learning objectives, training methodology, teaching philosophy, use of training teams, training aids, organizing a course, budgeting, preparing to teach, evaluating & improving performance of new shooters. Instructor Candidates (IC) must be experienced shooters that possess and demonstrate a solid background in firearm safety, handling skills, & shooting skills acquired through previous firearms training and/or shooting experience. In addition, IC must be intimately familiar with various handgun actions types. IC demonstrate previous experience, organizational, & teaching skills via pre-course qualification, practical exercises in course, & instructor written exams. IC take turns working in teams, teaching actual portions of the BPS course to other ICs role-playing as basic students. IC will receive the NRA Trainer’s Guide, IC Packet (includes lesson plans to prepare you to teach), and HFS student course packet.

Prerequisites –  NRA BPS

IBRS teaches the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to organizing, promoting, and teaching the NRA BRS course. IBRS is presented in two parts, Basic Instructor Training (BIT) & discipline specific instructor training. Course covers NRA policies & procedures, basic public speaking skills, confidence & competence, learning objectives, training methodology, teaching philosophy, use of training teams, training aids, organizing a course, budgeting, preparing to teach, evaluating & improving performance of new shooters. Instructor Candidates (IC) must be experienced shooters that possess and demonstrate a solid background in firearm safety, handling skills, & shooting skills acquired through previous firearms training and/or shooting experience. In addition, IC must be intimately familiar with various rifle action types. IC demonstrate previous experience, organizational, & teaching skills via pre-course qualification, practical exercises in course, & instructor written exams. IC take turns working in teams, teaching actual portions of the BRS course to other ICs role-playing as basic students. IC will receive the NRA Trainer’s Guide, IC Packet (includes lesson plans to prepare you to teach), and BRS student course packet.

Prerequisites – NRA BRS

IBSS teaches the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to organizing, promoting, and teaching the NRA BSS Course. IBSS is presented in two parts, Basic Instructor Training (BIT) & discipline specific instructor training. Course covers NRA policies & procedures, basic public speaking skills, confidence & competence, learning objectives, training methodology, teaching philosophy, use of training teams, training aids, organizing a course, budgeting, preparing to teach, evaluating & improving performance of new shooters. Instructor Candidates (IC) must be experienced shooters that possess and demonstrate a solid background in firearm safety, handling skills, & shooting skills acquired through previous firearms training and/or shooting experience. In addition, IC must be intimately familiar with various shotgun action types. IC demonstrate previous experience, organizational, & teaching skills via pre-course qualification, practical exercises in course, & instructor written exams. IC take turns working in teams, teaching actual portions of the BSS course to other ICs role-playing as basic students. IC will receive the NRA Trainer’s Guide, IC Packet (includes lesson plans to prepare you to teach), and BSS student course packet.

Prerequisites – NRA BSS

RSO is a course for shooters who want to become a firearms instructor, work at a range, work for a gun store/club, or manage shooting sport events. RSO candidates will develop the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to organizing, conducting, and supervising safe shooting activities, events, & range operations. Course covers roles & responsibilities, range SOP, general range safety rules, administrative rules, indoor & outdoor range inspections, range safety briefings, shooting events, range layouts & limits, range commands, emergency procedures, leadership skills/traits, command presence, aiding shooters with firearm stoppages & malfunctions. RSO credentials are critical because often times shooters are restricted from outside ranges without having an RSO present. Being an RSO negates that obstacle and also serves as bargaining chips when negotiating with ranges to use their facilities for instruction. Lastly, RSO makes a great addition to your resume, highlighting your maturity, leadership, and management skills.

Prerequisites – NRA HFS, NRA BPS, NRA BRS or Equivalent Training. **Competence, safety oriented mind & attitude, supplemented with deep attention to detail are the foundations of this course.**

IPPITH teaches the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to organizing, promoting, and teaching the NRA PPITH course. IPPITH is presented in two parts, Basic Instructor Training (BIT) & discipline specific instructor training. Course covers NRA policies & procedures, basic public speaking skills, confidence & competence, learning objectives, training methodology, teaching philosophy, use of training teams, training aids, organizing a course, budgeting, preparing to teach, evaluating & improving performance of new shooters. Instructor Candidates (IC) must be experienced shooters that possess and demonstrate a solid background in firearm safety, handling skills, & shooting skills acquired through previous firearms training and/or shooting experience. In addition, IC must be intimately familiar with various handgun actions types. IC demonstrate previous experience, organizational, & teaching skills via pre-course qualification, practical exercises in course, & instructor written exams. IC take turns working in teams, teaching actual portions of the PPITH course to other ICs role-playing as basic students. IC will receive the NRA Trainer’s Guide, IC Packet (includes lesson plans to prepare you to teach), and PPITH student course packet.

Prerequisites – NRA IBPS, NRA PPITH

IPPOTH teaches the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to organizing, promoting, and teaching the NRA PPOTH course. IPPOTH is presented in two parts, Basic Instructor Training (BIT) & discipline specific instructor training. Course covers NRA policies & procedures, basic public speaking skills, confidence & competence, learning objectives, training methodology, teaching philosophy, use of training teams, training aids, organizing a course, budgeting, preparing to teach, evaluating & improving performance of new shooters. Instructor Candidates (IC) must be very experienced shooters that possess and demonstrate a solid background in firearm safety, handling skills, & shooting skills acquired through previous firearms training and/or shooting experience. In addition, IC must be intimately familiar with various handgun actions types. IC demonstrate previous experience, organizational, & teaching skills via pre-course qualification, practical exercises in course, & instructor written exams. IC take turns working in teams, teaching actual portions of the PPOTH course to other ICs role-playing as basic students. IC will receive the NRA Trainer’s Guide, IC Packet (includes lesson plans to prepare you to teach), and PPOTH student course packet.

Prerequisites – NRA IBPS, NRA IPPITH, NRA PPOTH

CRSO teaches the knowledge, skills, & attitude essential to training & supervising NRA Range Safety Officers, developing & implementing Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for various facility types and grounds. CRSOs are able to teach the RSO course, certify individuals as RSOs, and assume overall responsibility for the safe handling & shooting of guns on range property as outlined by the SOP. Course includes review of RSO course, elements of a good SOP, ways to limit civil & criminal liability, ensuring emergency procedures & equipment are in place and effective, range inspections, safety briefings, range operations, eating, smoking, drinking, hygiene guidelines, range limitations, shooting activities/events, and monitoring safety on & off the firing line. Instructor Candidates will demonstrate organizational and teaching skills via participation in practical exercises, and complete a written exam. Students will receive NRA Basic Range Safety Officer lesson plans, student course packet, and PowerPoint.

Prerequisites – NRA RSO

EW is a 5 hour course for those looking to start their own business. Our workshop is a step-by-step guide, to all the essentials in launching a successful entrepreneur story. Like all things in life, it’s the little details that matter, and separate professionals from amateurs. Topics covered, but not limit to are: Writing a business plan, developing your ideas, getting training/counseling, building a team, budgeting, financing, advertising/marketing, e-commerce, branding, choosing a business structure/entity/DBA, registering with the city/state/federal government, obtaining licenses & permits, choosing a location, multi-level networking, interconnectedness, employer regulations/responsibilities, short & long term goals, resources, and what it takes wholly to be an entrepreneur. Guest speakers/presentations supplement our training, bringing more value to our workshop, and allow you to receive expert advice from a variety of successful professionals. The entrepreneur life is not for everyone. In fact, it’s not for most. But if you are willing to invest in yourself and take the first steps to building your dreams, then our workshop is right for you. The entrepreneur journey is not easy. But together, we can accomplish great things.

Prerequisites – None

This course educates Military, Law Enforcement, and Security Personnel legally authorized to use force, how to properly & effectively store, handle, deploy, and document the use of SABRE RED’s Intermediate Aerosol Weapons. Specifically, it covers in detail the history, purpose, composition of raw Oleoresin Capsicum (OC), production, effects on the human body, wide range of different aerosol formulations, carriers, projectors, propellants, spray types, patterns, and delivery systems. Course discusses the criteria for selection, transporting,  holstering/placement, aiming, hydraulic needle effect, deployment techniques, patterns of movement, public safety, ethical use, when to use OC/situational requirements, possible medical issues & legal liability factors, decontamination/first- aid, intergraded use of force options, compatibility with other intermediate weapons such as an electro muscular incapacitation device (TASER), reporting use of force, how to protect your department/agency from costly litigation issues arising from the use of aerosol projectors, sample policy & procedures, training with inert products, contamination drills, officer contamination survival tactics, & equipment security techniques . ***Be advised, students MUST participate in live contamination exercise to receive certificate.***

Prerequisites – Military, Law Enforcement, & Security Personnel Only