Basic Instructor Training

The path to becoming an NRA instructor typically starts with Basic Instructor Training - "BIT". The BIT module is a pre-requisite for all NRA instructor disciplines, but is not offered by the NRA as a stand-alone discipline. All new instructors are required to sit and pass this course. All current NRA instructors who have not done BIT in the last two years is also required to sit BIT. Proof of a BIT course is required for sitting any NRA instructor discipline.

Basic Instructor Training exposes the instructor candidate to the NRA's methodology on teaching. Topics covered in this course include: -

  • Who can be an NRA instructor?
  • Understanding the instructional technique.
  • Using a training team.
  • How are people motivated? How do adults learn?
  •  Setting up your classroom; ordering materials.
  • Training materials and training aids.

This module is usually offered by us in conjunction with Basic Pistol Instructor. As it is not a specific discipline, the NRA does not normally or routinely allow Training Counselors (Instructor Trainers) to run this module as a stand-alone class.

When we offer "BIT" as part of a specific course (Pistol or Rifle instructor, for example) the course fees include both BIT and the specific discipline.


  • Basic Instructor Training requires a minimum of six contact hours. This does not include any administrative issues, pre-course assessments, or the BIT test administered at the end of the BIT module. Inclusive of all breaks & administrative items the BIT module normally runs for 7.5 ~ 8 hours.
  • The BIT test, as with all other NRA instructor tests has a minimum pass grade of 90% and is "open book".

 All NRA Basic Firearms Instructor candidates must:

  • Be lawfully able to possess firearms within locality of jurisdiction where training is being conducted.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in English – both the written and spoken word.
  • Have well developed public speaking skills – i.e. the ability to speak extemporaneously on a topic of interest for a few minutes while holding the attention of the intended audience.
  • Know and understand “safe direction” for gun handling.
  • Know and understand the NRA’s three rules for safe gun handling.
  • Knows what a basic range safety briefing is; its purpose, its intended audience, where it should be conducted.
  • Understand basic range commands.
  • Know different firearms action types (based on the discipline you are seeking certification in).
  • Understand ammunition components; be able differentiate between the basic types of ammunition.
  • Understands the difference between potential ammunition malfunctions; understand the protocols required to address those malfunctions.

For Shooting Disciplines (i.e. Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun)

  • Know and understand shooting fundamentals.
  • Be able to shoot using said fundamentals, from those positions applicable to the discipline you are seeking certification in.
  • Know how to score a target.
  • Know the firing sequence.
  • Understands what precautions to take prior to cleaning a gun; demonstrate the ability to clean a gun.
  • Know how to safely field strip a (your) firearm, and how to re‐assemble it.
  • Be able to complete basic gun handling exercises of the pre‐course assessment.
  • Understands how to ascertain which eye is dominant (if applicable).

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