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NRA Rifle Instructor Training (RIT) Class

Class Length: 10 hours
Class Prerequisites
Rifle Instructor Pre Course Qualification Test
Class Description
Class Schedule
How to Apply

We teach how to use the coach/pupil method in rifle instruction.Our NRA Rifle Instructor Training course is designed to develop NRA Certified Instructors who possess the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to conduct the NRA Basic Rifle Shooting Course. NRA Rifle Instructor Training begins with the NRA Basic Instructor Training class, which must be completed first. Both classes together form the required course for NRA Rifle Instructor certification. (You are not considered an NRA Certified Instructor until the NRA Training Department processes your application and issues your instructor credentials.)

Boy Scouts of America Rifle Merit BadgeDid you know that NRA Rifle Instructor certification is a  requirement for becoming a Boy Scouts of America Rifle Merit Badge Counselor? The Boy Scouts of America decides all matters relating to Rifle Merit Badge Counselors.


The Instructor candidates switch roles in the coach/pupil method to teach rifle shooting.To enroll in the NRA Rifle Instructor Training class you must:

  1. complete our NRA Basic Instructor Training class,
  2. send us an application to the class, an NRA Pre-Course Questionnaire, and payment of the current class fee, and
  3. achieve satisfactory scores in an NRA Pre-Course Qualification that we conduct for promising potential Instructor candidates.

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Rifle Instructor Pre Course Qualification Test

In your Pre-Course Qualification you must: 1. achieve a score of 90 percent or higher in a written examination and 2. have a minimum passing score of 80 out of a possible 100 points in firearms handling, shooting competence, and firearms safety evaluation. 

The NRA states that "Only those candidates who achieve satisfactory scores in the pre-course qualification, and who meet other specified requirements for NRA instructors, are eligible for certification." Here is the basic Rifle Instructor Pre Course Qualification that we may modify, adapt, and apply at our discretion.  

Now the coach instructs the pupil to shoot a rifle from the sitting position.All NRA instructor training is a two-part course. The NRA Basic Instructor Training class is the first part of that two-part course and is Lessons I-V of every course. The discipline-specific class is the second part of that two-part course and begins with Lesson VI.

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Class Description

NRA Certified Instructor emblem.NRA Rifle Instructor Training begins where NRA Basic Instructor Training stops: with Lesson VI.

This NRA Rifle Instructor Training class proceeds through eight lessons that teach you how to conduct the NRA Basic Rifle Shooting course step by step using the NRA Basic Rifle Shooting Course Outline and Lesson Plans, and how to teach rifle shooting on a basic level. NRA Rifle Instructor Training concludes with the Rifle Instructor Examination and other preliminaries to certification by the NRA.

Here are the lessons in the NRA Rifle Instructor Training class:

  1. Introduction to "NRA Basic Rifle Shooting Course Outline and Lesson Plans"

  2. Teaching "Rifle Lesson I: Rifle Knowledge and Safe Gun Handling"

  3. Teaching "Rifle Lesson II: Ammunition Knowledge and the Fundamentals of Rifle Shooting"

  4. Basic Rifle Shooting Instructional Method

  5. Teaching "Rifle Lesson III: Firing the First Shots"

  6. Teaching "Rifle Lesson IV: Scoring Targets, and Selecting and Maintaining Your Rifle"

  7. "Evaluating and Improving Performance of Beginning Rifle Shooters"

  8. Teaching "Rifle Lesson V: Continued Opportunities for Skill Development, Using Course Evaluation, Performance Requirements Checklist and Examination"

Rifle Instructor Examination and Course Conclusion.

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Class Schedule

Here are currently scheduled NRA Rifle Instructor Training classes in the Columbia, SC, area. We add classes throughout the year. If you do not find a satisfactory class date on this schedule you can reserve a place on the waiting list for a future class.

How to Apply

Email us now if you're interested in attending an NRA Basic Rifle Instructor Training class. We talk with prospective students first. Please be sure to include your telephone number(s) so we can call to prequalify you for the class, determine your needs, and answer your questions.

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