NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT)

( Pistol - Rifle - Shotgun - Chief Range Safety Officer Disciplines Available)

December 5-6 - Columbia, KY

Hendersonville/White House, TN



For Instructors who have successfully completed NRA BIT course, and who desire to pursue additional firearm disciplines, the BASIC RIFLE INSTRUCTOR course will be conducted on August 24. This course allows you to teach NRA Basic Rifle. You must have already taken the NRA Basic Instructor Training course.


NRA numbers are at an all time high with record numbers taking training courses. All states who have a handgun carry permit are reporting record number of applications for handgun carry permits. If you have an interest in becoming a certified NRA Instructor, and perhaps providing training for your respective state in regards to handgun safety training that leads to the CCW or Carry Permit for your state, please read on!

NRA Instructors are the spearhead of the NRA Firearm Training Program. NRA Trainers are important because NRA provides a comprehensive battery of courses that fill the practical needs of firearms owners and non-owners. shooters and non-shooters. It's primary purpose is to provide an opportunity to acquire the basic knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to safely and successfully pursue an interest in firearms or shooting.

The NRA trains and certifies those who can maintain the national standards and continuity of NRA firearm safety and shooting development programs.

Target-Pro Firearms Training Academy is committed to providing the very best and highest quality Instructor Training possible in the NRA disciplines. This class offers the most popular discipline, Basic Pistol. Some states require extensive instructor training in order to satisfy that state's particular requirements to becoming a state certified instructor. Many student instructor candidates desire to provide Handgun Safety Training that enables qualified citizens to meet the requirements of their state in order to obtain a handgun carry permit, as allowed by their state. NRA Instructor (BIT) courses may satisfy your state's requirement. If so, this is the first step for you! Be aware, your particular state may require you as an instructor or school to file applications and associated fees in order to become state certified. The process varies from state to state.

Successful completion of this comprehensive, two-day course will qualify the candidate to become an NRA Instructor with the Basic Pistol discipline.

  • Candidates must possess and demonstrate a solid background in firearm safety and shooting skills acquired through previous firearm training and/or previous shooting experience. Instructor candidates must be intimately familiar with each action type in the discipline they wish to be certified.

  • Candidates will be required to demonstrate solid and safe firearms handling skills required to be successful during an instructor training course by completing pre-course questionnaires and qualification exercises administered by the NRA Appointed Training Counselor.

  • Candidates must satisfactorily complete an NRA Basic Instructor Training Course in the discipline they wish to teach and receive the endorsement of the NRA Training Counselor conducting that training. The discipline in this course is Basic Pistol, and is, by far the most popular. Rifle Instructor and Shotgun Instructor are additional ratings that may be added by taking that particular class discipline.

Instructor Candidates will learn NRA policies and procedures, basic public speaking skills and training methods.

You will learn how to work with a training team using various training aids.  A portion of the class time will involve candidates role-playing. This will build confidence as you learn how to organize your course using time-proven NRA standards and methods.  An essential part in conducting classes are how to advertise and promote your class, how to identify the best training site, assembling a budget, preparing to teach and much more!

Each candidate will be provided NRA lesson plans and NRA basic course student packets.  Pens and notepads are the student’s responsibility.  Lunch is the responsibility of each student. Sack lunches and snacks are recommended and the responsibility of each student. (This is subject to change depending on location.)  Bottled water will be provided.  You may bring your own beverages (non-alcoholic) to sip on during class.

Training Counselors will evaluate instructor candidates’ performance based on their ability to handle the firearms, use of appropriate training aids, ability to follow the lesson plans and meet all learning objectives, while utilizing the teaching philosophies and standards expected of NRA Certified Instructors.

Candidates can also expect to learn the NRA discipline specific instructional methods and evaluating and improving the performance of beginning shooters. Candidates will be provided with the NRA Trainer’s Guide, appropriate Lesson Plans and Outlines, Basic Course Student handbooks, certificates, basic student examinations, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program booklet, Basic Firearm Training Programs Brochure, Gun Safety Rules brochure, NRA Trainer’s Examination and NRA discipline specific instructor examination (minimum passing grade is 90%). Attending and paying for the course does not constitute certification - you must attend all classes and satisfactorily pass the exams and safe handling practical exercises.

It is important for the Instructor Student Candidate to check out the credentials of the school and chief instructor. Schools are not equal. Instructors may or may not be suitable for you. It will be to your advantage to check references of both the school and instructor. Every school and instructor should not only be willing to provide a list of references, but you should be able to talk with the Chief Instructor of the school you are considering. After all, you are spending your hard earned money; you should feel comfortable with your instructor.

Target-Pro Firearms Training Academy will follow the NRA guidelines and lesson objectives to be sure you receive the highest, quality training possible. Training slide presentation and videos are displayed on a high resolution monitor, making it easy to visualize concepts being taught. Educational Charts are displayed that will help you learn, and many items used for training provide a great hands-on learning experience.

TPI : Total-Participant-Involvement is a concept that is embraced by Target-Pro Firearms Training Academy. Tell me - I forget. Show me - I remember. Involve me - I understand.

Plenty of hands-on-learning will help you to learn more quickly the skills knowledge, and attitude required to be a great instructor. My integrity is on the line as an instructor; therefore, I will do everything possible to ensure you receive the best training.

Target-Pro Firearms Training Academy will be sure that you understand every aspect of your training.

A good leader is a good manager! Proper management leads to success!

Many of Target-Pro Firearms Training Academy students have gone on to establish successful Firearms related businesses. Target-Pro is here to discuss and help you with your business plan. Your business plan must work on paper in order to work in reality.

We will help you understand how to set-up your business and how to promote it via the web, as well as other social venues - such as FaceBook and Twitter. We will even show you how to set-up your own YouTube to help you advertise and promote your business. Many are using these venues to grow their business. It is a very effective way to advertise your services and products! It is a great way to tell about yourself! Target-Pro will help you get started and will be here to answer your questions long after the class concludes!

Setting up and using Chronographs and reloading as a benefit as teaching aids are just several bonus topics that will be discussed.

We have students from every walk of life, but many of Target-Pro's students are professional people who are either in business, or have successfully operated a business for many years. These folk offer many creative and innovative ideas that you can benefit from.

We will teach you how to utilize the benefits of PowerPoint on your laptop or iPad or Tablet and stream it to a high definition monitor - the quality of your presentations does make a difference to your students! Innovative training aids such as this will help you be a better Instructor! Target-Pro will help you to achieve your best! (You must know how to use PowerPoint.)

For most of us, Firearms is a passion - something that we love to talk about. You can make money doing what you love! At Target-Pro, we seek to be the best at what we do and promise to stay on the cutting edge of technology in order to help you turn your passion into a profitable business venture. Train with the best!

Target-Pro Firearms Training Academy is happy to provide information and answer your questions regarding both our school and training. Information about the Owner and Chief Instructor may be obtained on the "ABOUT US" page. References, Testimonies and Reviews may be obtained by navigating to the "REVIEWS" page. You will find these located on the "HOME" page.

After training, Target-Pro Firearms Training Academy, will be here to answer any questions you may have as you begin your career, providing instruction in the safe handling of guns, skills and knowledge to your students. This has proven to be an invaluable service to students!

Hendersonville, Tennessee, is located in the mid-state, approximately 15 minutes from downtown Nashville. Nashville International Airport makes it easy for candidates who fly in. Car rental is available in the airport facility. For candidates from out of town or state, a variety of motel accommodations are available in Hendersonville - from budget rooms to luxurious suites.

NRA Instructor Course is by reservation only. Cost of the Basic Instructor Training with Pistol Instructor discipline course is $439.00 which includes class, range fees, all course materials. ALL NRA Processing and Application fees are the responsibility of the student candidate.

ADDED VALUE: For an additional $51.00, the NRA Chief Range Safety Officer (CRSO) course can be added. This is the perfect time to add this discipline to your repertoire. The Chief Range Safety Officer course is seldom offered as a stand-a-lone discipline and certainly would cost at least three times the cost here. Since this course adds additional time to your training, you will need to discuss this with me - it is a very intensive course. This training can be beneficial to your business and has been the deciding factor in several candidates becoming employed at a range!

NOTE: Membership for Instructors is required. If you are not a member of the NRA, you will have opportunity to join at a reduced rate only $25.00. This is a savings of $10.00 off the regular $35.00 membership enrollment fee. (NOTE: If you are not presently a member of the NRA, it will be to your advantage to apply for membership 6 weeks prior to taking the course. Your NRA membership ID facilitates processing your Instructor application. If you cannot make this deadline, I would advise you to wait until you take the course and apply at the same time you take the course. This will keep all your paper work together. Please call me if I can be of further assistance.

Hearing and eye protection is provided. If you prefer, you may bring your own. You will need 100 rounds of factory ammo (no reloads) and your pistol or revolver. (Must be larger than a .22 rimfire).

Because Target-Pro has high standards, and believes that the first impression people have of us is important, professional attire, suitable to an instructor, is expected. Shirt-tails out does not make for a good impression.

Last date that you may sign up for this course is one week prior to the starting date. A $50.00 deposit, payable online or by mailing your personal check, is required to secure your seat and material. (Checks should be made to Gary L. Carrier and mailed to 2803 New Hope Road, Hendersonville, TN 37075.) Personal checks, cashier's checks, money orders or major credit cards are accepted onsite, the day of our first class. (There is a service charge for credit cards.)

Once you have enrolled, information regarding the class and course, time and specific location will be sent to you.

Accommodations at reduced rates are available at Best Western in White House, Tennessee. It is a new motel and has an indoor pool. Courtesy breakfast is available. Cracker Barrel is within walking distance, along with Hardee's, Taco Bell, Wendy's and McDonald's. There are several Mexican restaurants close by. A super Walmart Center is less than 1/2 mile. Our training facility is located two miles away.

When booking your reservations, please mention that it is for an NRA Training event and also mention my name - Gary Carrier. The present rate is $69.95.

Best Western Plus
404 Hester Dr, White House, TN
(615) 672-3993

White House is a beautiful, quiet city, with a walking track that is second to none.

I encourage you to browse through my other web pages - this will help you to understand more about me and Target-Pro Firearms Training Academy. Please feel free to call me should you have any questions. I will be happy to talk with you. You may call me at 615-512-3276, or if you prefer, email me at


(There is a 2.25% additional charge of the total amount for using your card. Any additional outstanding cost will be assessed at the time of class registration. I apologize for any inconvenience - the card companies pass the extra processing fee back to me. Thank you for understanding!)

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