First Instructor Training Workshop since NRA's application process goes online

NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia

Fairfax, Virginia - For all of those NRA Training Counselors out there, you know the drill. You post a class on, reserve some range time and hold a class. Then there's the tricky part — submitting paperwork. Usually that means mailing things here to NRA Headquarters. That could take a while to process. No more.

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NRA switches to fully automated, online Instructor processing

NRA switches to online-only Instructor processing

Fairfax, Virginia - As of October 1, NRA Training will be fully automated for processing Instructor candidates online. This is a big change, and this will definitely be an improvement over the old methods we've been using.

Make sure that your candidates know they will be handling things by this method. There will no longer be the one-year initial credentialing period; we are going to two-year initial and renewal periods. Once the Training Counselor or Chief Range Safety Officer has finished the online course reports at, candidates log in at and are prompted to complete their credentials processing. They check off the electronic disclaimer, pay their credentialing fee online, and then print or download their own certificate/ID card. They will not be able to perform in the capacity as an NRA Trainer until they finish this process.

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There's an NRA course for everyone out there and will help you find it

Find the NRA course for you at

Fairfax, Virginia - Want to learn the proper way to shoot a pistol? What about a shotgun? Muzzleloader? How about learning the basics of 3-Gun competitions, how to be a Range Safety Officer, or even how to teach others to shoot?

All of these and more can be learned through the NRA's expansive list of courses. is your go-to spot for learning what education and training courses are available and where you can attend one.

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United States' increased interest in firearms leads to growth of NRA programs.

Children hold up their targets at an NRA Day in Virginia

Fairfax, Virginia - Americans' interest in firearms has seen a surge in popularity over the past five years. More people are getting involved with the shooting sports, personal safety and hunting than ever before. And to help everyone from beginners to experienced firearms enthusiasts fully enjoy their Second Amendment rights are 178 NRA programs.

Places where we've seen the most growth are in our popular courses like NRA Basic Pistol and the female-focused Women On Target Instructional Shooting Clinics, designed to introduce citizens to firearms. You can't teach these courses without being a Certified Firearms Instructor or supervising safe shooting activities unless you're a Range Safety Officer.

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Local NRA Certified Instructor Cummins teaches the leaders how to teach the Boy Scouts

Kevin Cummins oversees an NRA Shotgun Instructor class for local scout leaders in Missouri

Passing on lessons to tomorrow's shooting sports ambassadors

With approximately 97,000 NRA Certified Instructors, Counselors and Range Safety Officers, along with 5,700 Coaches, the National Rifle Association teaches and reaches just under a million students students a year. Men and women who are taking their first shots, refining their skills, or learning how to guide others through the revelry of America's shooting sports.

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NRA Training on NRAblog

John Howard and Andy Lander of the NRA Training Department traveled to Fairbanks, Alaska to conduct a Training Counselor Development Workshop last week. “We had 10 outstanding candidates successfully complete the workshop, reports John Howard, NRA’s National Instructor Trainer. “Not only did we have attendees from Alaska, some came from as far away as Puerto Rico, Virginia, Florida, Utah and California.”

It has been quite some time since a Training Counselor Workshop had been conducted in Alaska. A few years ago, the NRA Training Department created the Colonel Charles H. Mitchell Trainer of Distinction Award, and we asked Mitchell to personally select the first recipients of the award. Without hesitation, he chose Joe Nava, an NRA Training Counselor based in Fairbanks.

Joe Nava has been teaching firearm safety throughout Alaska as an NRA Certified Instructor for over 50 years. He has reached all corners of the state by piloting his own bush plane into remote locations. This has made him a living legend at the NRA.


17 Students travel to Mississippi for NRA Training seminar

NRA's Mississippi Training Counselor Workshop Class for 2012
NRA's Mississippi Training Counselor Workshop Class for 2012

Gulfport, Mississippi - No one is born a teacher. Sure, some are more suited to step in front of class and dispense knowledge then others, but sharing that knowledge in a fashion that embeds the lesson in a student’s mind requires more than natural ability. And that’s part of what they were teaching at the NRA Training Counselor Workshop in Gulfport.

“It was an intense, rewarding weekend,” said workshop student Andrea Cerwinske. “Three days from morning to night with an exceptional group of instructors.”

Led by NRA Education & Training’s John Howard and Andy Lander, the seminar also had the privilege of hearing from Master Training Counselor Tom Monahan out of Florida. (The designation of “Master Training Counselor” has been retired. Tom is one of the few who still holds the title.)


A group of newly appointed NRA Training Counselors at the NRA Whittington Center.

NRA Training Department staffers Andy Lander and Sean Thornton headed out west to the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico to teach an NRA Training Counselor Development Workshop. From April 20-22, 16 candidates took part in the training and earning their appointments at Traning Counselors. The group included 2012 Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award Winner Donna Vandermolen.

Candidates came from all across the country including Texas, Wyoming, Colorado, California, Arkansas, Indiana, Oregon, Michigan and even as far as Hawaii.


Scouts from St. Louis Troop 630 taking rifle practice at S-F Scout Ranch

Kevin Cummins, an NRA Certified Training Counselor, sent us the following on Boy Scout Troop 630's Rifle Shoot Campout:

St. Louis, Missouri - Scouts from Troop 630 of the St. Louis area Boy Scout council took part in their annual rifle shoot and tipi campout at the S-F (pronounced “S bar F”) Scout Ranch near Knob Lick, Missouri. The 5,200 acre property has three Scout Camps, one high adventure base, a water park, numerous hiking trails, several shooting ranges, cabins, tree houses, Adirondacks and fishing galore on the 270 acre Nims Lake.


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