NRA Shotgun Instructor

NRA Shotgun Instructor Training (SIT) Class

Class Length: 11 hours
Class Prerequisites
Class Description
Class Schedule
How to Apply


Shotgun training builds on learning to point at the target in flight.The NRA Shotgun Instructor Training class is designed to develop NRA Certified Instructors who possess the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to conduct the NRA Basic Shotgun Shooting Course. NRA Shotgun Instructor Training begins with the NRA Basic Instructor Training class, which must be completed first. Both classes together form the required course for NRA Shotgun 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 Shotgun Merit BadgeDid you know that NRA Shotgun Instructor certification is a  requirement for becoming a Boy Scouts of America Shotgun Merit Badge Counselor? The Boy Scouts of America decides all matters relating to Shotgun Merit Badge Counselors.


Dry pointing at the target in flight develops shotgun skills.To enroll in the NRA Shotgun 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.

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."

The coach and pupil technique increases shotgun shooting skills in both people.All NRA instructor training is a two-part course consisting of two classes. The NRA Basic Instructor Training class is the first part of that course and is Lessons I-V. The discipline-specific class is the second part of that course and always begins with Lesson VI.

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Class Description

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

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

Here are the eight lessons in an NRA Shotgun Instructor Training class:

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

  2. Teaching "Shotgun Lesson I: Shotgun Knowledge and Safe Handling"

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

  4. Basic Shotgun Shooting Instructional Method

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

  6. Teaching "Shotgun Lesson IV: Shotgun Shooting Skills Practical Exercise"

  7. Evaluating and Improving Performance of Beginning Shotgun Shooters

  8. Teaching "Shotgun Lesson V: Shotgun Sports and Activities"

Shotgun Instructor Examination and Course Conclusion.

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Class Schedule

Here are currently scheduled NRA Shotgun Instructor Training classes. 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 Shotgun 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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