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Since 1871, a major objective of the National Rifle Association has been to provide education and training in the safe and proper use of firearms. Today, that objective is being fulfilled through the NRA Basic Firearm Training Program. There are 11 different courses in the program being taught throughout the nation by NRA Certified Instructors. NRA Instructors also teach the three-hour FIRST STEPS Orientation Program (rifle, pistol, and shotgun) to introduce new shooters to a particular firearm model. Instructors provide an invaluable service in their communities by training hundreds of thousands of individuals annually. As firearm and shooting activities expand, and more Americans choose to exercise their right to carry a firearm, so too grows the need for these courses. You can be the vital element in meeting this need by becoming an NRA Certified Instructor and conducting NRA Basic Firearm Training Courses. As an instructor, you can experience the personal satisfaction of teaching others the basics -- the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will lead to a lifetime of safe, enjoyable and successful involvement in firearm and shooting activities. The NRA is looking for new instructors who enjoy working with people, want to share their firearm knowledge and skills with others, and are willing to make a commitment to teach NRA training courses in their communities. The types of courses and instructor ratings available are:

• NRA Certified Pistol Instructor
• NRA Assistant Pistol Instructor
• NRA Apprentice Pistol Instructor

• NRA Certified Rifle Instructor
• NRA Assistant Rifle Instructor
• NRA Apprentice Rifle Instructor

• NRA Certified Shotgun Instructor
• NRA Assistant Shotgun Instructor
• NRA Apprentice Shotgun Instructor

• NRA-NMLRA Certified Muzzleloading Pistol Instructor
• NRA-NMLRA Assistant Muzzleloading Pistol Instructor

• NRA-NMLRA Certified Muzzleloading Rifle Instructor
• NRA-NMLRA Assistant Muzzleloading Rifle Instructor

• NRA-NMLRA Certified Muzzleloading Shotgun Instructor
• NRA-NMLRA Assistant Muzzleloading Shotgun Instructor

• NRA Certified Personal Protection Inside The Home Instructor
• NRA Certified Personal Protection Outside The Home Instructor

• NRA Certified Home Firearm Safety Instructor

• NRA Certified Reloading Instructor

• NRA Certified Reloading Instructor

NRA Certified Chief Range Safety Officer Instructor

To qualify as an NRA instructor, you must:
Possess and demonstrate a solid background in firearm safety and shooting skills acquired through previous firearm training (such as completion of an NRA Basic Firearm Training Course) and/or previous shooting experience.

Successfully complete the appropriate NRA instructor examination. Certified-90% or higher. Assistant-85% or higher. Apprentice-85% or higher.

Satisfactorily complete an NRA Instructor Training Course for the area of specialization you wish to teach (e.g., NRA Basic Shotgun Course), and receive the endorsement of the NRA Training Counselor conducting your training.

Submit your application with appropriate certification fee. Membership in the National Rifle Association is strongly recommended. Certified Ratings are available to individuals who wish to be fully qualified to conduct basic courses (21 years of age or older). Assistant Ratings are available to individuals who wish to assist certified instructors in order to gain the knowledge and experience needed to become a certified instructor (18 years of age or older). Apprentice Ratings are available to young people who wish to understudy a certified instructor in preparation for more advanced ratings. The apprentice instructor will be chosen by an NRA Certified Instructor from select individuals. These individuals must be of the emotional maturity necessary to handle such a position. In addition, they must have attended and successfully completed an NRA Basic Firearm Training Course in their chosen area of specialization (13-17 years of age).

Your responsibilities as an NRA Certified Instructor will include:
Conducting NRA Basic Courses in accordance with policies and procedures outlined by NRA

Upholding the quality and integrity of national firearm safety and training standards established by NRA

Promoting firearm safety and the shooting sports

Reporting training data to NRA Knowing how to shoot is an important requirement for NRA instructors, but you will also need to know how to teach others to shoot. NRA Instructor Training Courses help you develop the additional knowledge, skills and techniques needed to organize and teach courses in the NRA Basic Firearm Training Program. Instructor training courses are conducted by NRA Training Counselors. Training Counselors are active and experienced instructors who have been appointed by NRA to train other (new) instructors. You may request a list of training counselors in your geographic area by contacting the NRA Training Department at 703-267-1430.

How you benefit by becoming an NRA Instructor:
NRA Certified Instructors qualify to take the NRA Basic Range Safety Officer Course as a validation course. The Basic Range Safety Officer validation course is offered and taken as part of the Home Study Program.

You will soon qualify to become a Training Counselor. In this position, you have the responsibility of teaching (new) NRA Instructors.

Once you receive your certificate (suitable for framing) from NRA, you will receive your identification card. You will also receive a free subscription of the NRA Shooting Education Update, a newsletter published periodically for all NRA Trainers.

Program information, training schedules, book reviews, material updates and more are provided. Additionally, the Update provides an open forum for the exchange of information and ideas on firearm safety and marksmanship education.

You become an even more valuable resource for your community. NRA Certified Instructors are leaders who provide a very important service. Because of your dedication to the shooting sports, you are providing a chance for others to enjoy the same benefits of firearm ownership that you have enjoyed in the past.


Charles S. Lehnert
NRA Benefactor Life Member
NRA Certified Instructor
NRA Training Counselor
LEAA Life Member
NMLRA Instructor

Training Certifications:

NRA Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun
NRA Home Firearm Safety
NRA Personal Protection In The Home
NRA Personal Protection Outside The Home
NRA Advanced Pistol Instructor
NRA Refuse To Be A Victim.® Regional Counselor
NRA Chief Range Safety Officer
NRA Shows & Events Recruiter
NRA Women On Target Instructor & RSO
NRA Certified Instructor & T.C. for National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association - Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun
NRA Law Enforcement Armorer
BSA Merit Badge Counselor & RSO
Maryland State Certified Handgun Instructor

Training & Shooting Experience:

Concealed Carry Handgun
Smith & Wesson Academy, Springfield MA

Defensive Handgun Tactics and Techniques
Smith & Wesson Academy. Springfield MA

Protective Specialist, AT Academy, Provo UT

Black Hawk, AT Academy, Provo UT

Ranked Compeditor in CMP HP Rifle - M1 Garand
Ranked Compeditor in CMP HP Rifle - AR-15

Colt Model O Pistols LE Armorer
Colt Defense LLC

Colt AR-15, M16/M4 Series
Rifles, Carbines & Sub-Machine Guns
Law Enforcement Armorer
Colt Defense LLC

Team ONE Network
Blackhawk Serpa Holster Workshop

Concealed Carry Defensive Handgun
BRG Firearms Training Academy

Pocono Pistol NRA TC & Chief NRA Instructor

Heritage Guild, Easton PA
NRA Training Counselor

CCW Certifications:

State of Florida CCW Permit
Commonwealth of PA CCW Permit
State of New Jersey CCW Permit



"Just a quick note to let you know I enjoyed your class Saturday and felt you did a superior job presenting the material!"

Ken Horen, Commercial Development
Honeywell International

"Great PPIH class on Saturday! Came out a better, more well informed shooter than when I walked through the door. Look forward to taking the PPOH class should you decide to run it - please let me know if you do. Anyway, thanks again!"

Brian Messenger

"The training last Saturday was excellent.!"

Thanks, John Gross

"Your team did a great job of demonstrating the team teaching concept and your blend of individual skills and personalities provided a quality teaching experience."

Patrick Storr, President,
Humboldt Rifle & Pistol Club Humboldt, IA


"For those of you following this thread, I just wanted to chime in after the course and say that it was well worth it! Charles and Pete are a great training team, and their wealth of knowledge and professionalism really show through when they teach. If you ever get a chance to take an Instructor course from them, you won't regret it."

Tony Moller, Owner,
Virginia Gun Safety


"Chuck is the man for this. I have worked with him if you are looking to become an Instructor in the PA area look no further. "

Anthony P. Colandro, Founder, CEO
Gun for Hire, NJ


"I have seen Chuck in action, and of the many NRA classes I have been a part of, Chuck's clearly stand out as the best. The information he teaches is very clear and concise, making it very easy to retain. No bravado and ego-laden instructors in his classes make the class fun and interesting for both the students and instructors. If you are near one of his classes, offer up some help, and be part of some of the best classes you will see. I recommend Chuck's classes for students looking to learn, and for instructors looking to see how it should be done."

Lenny Carter, NRA Instructor


"Thank you so very much for your help at the pistol class last week. I shocked my kids. I know I told them. Guess it was just white noise to them..... until I sent them a copy of my certificate on their phones. That got their attention. I can't believe I learned so much in one day.

Hope to see you guys soon in the future. And thanks again. You are a great teacher. I don't do very well sitting still. You had my full attention."

Paula Dalenburg


"Chuck and Luann,
I appreciate the opportunity to teach with you!  As I said before, you run a top notch training program. I am honored and humbled to be a part of it.  Count me in for 08 Sept 2012 PPIH."

Rob Brands, NRA Certified Instructor


"Hi Chuck and Luann
I wanted to thank you again.  I had a great time on Saturday and learned a lot. You and the team did a great job.  See you soon. Have a great evening."

Bob Ricciardi


"Hi Chuck and Luann
I wanted to thank you, Luann & all the teachers at today's class for a great experience! I learned a lot & had a great time. I'm looking forward to more classes with all of you in the future. See you at the range."

Basic Pistol Shooting Graduate, Susan Lobb


"Hi Chuck
Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the Basic Pistol Class. I don't know how long you have been teaching this class, but it must be a very long time. Things went quite smoothly and were handled very professionally. I couldn't think of a better way to learn about handling firearms. I really appreciated how much safety was stressed. You along with your wife and all of the volunteers should be very proud of the service you provide. I look forward to attending more of your classes in the future. Thank you."

Harold Leamon


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