It takes a lot to be an NRA Training Counselor. Not because you're teaching people how to shoot, but because you're teaching people how to teach people how to shoot. Or, as NRA Senior Training Program Coordinator Steve Hoback puts it, you're instructing the instructors. That's why the NRA Education & Training Department puts so much emphasis on their Training Counselor Development Workshop.
"These workshops are vital," said Hoback. "They prepare our instructors to take the next step, to become the gatekeepers of NRA Basic Firearms Training."
"These men and women are about to become facilitators and evaluators," said Instructor Program Coordinator Andrew Lander. "It's no where near as easy as it may sound."
And not just any instructor can apply. You must have two years under your belt, have taught at least five basic firearms courses with at least twenty-five students trained and have received recommendations after completing the Training Counselor Development Workshop. In other words, you're going to need a little seasoning before jumping into this frying pan.
Ten workshops are scheduled for 2012. Problem is, the first five are already filled. So if you're looking to catch a spot in this year's session, then you better act quick. The next open session runs from May 18th to 20th in Gulfport, Mississippi. From there it's Alaska in July, Kansas in September, Seattle in September and Austin in November.
For additional information, or to sign up, visit the Workshop webpage. But do it today … the spots are filling up.