Colorado NRA Instructor Training!

Become an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor and teach others to be safe and effective with their firearms.  NRA Pistol Instructors and NRA CCW Instructors (two separate credentials) may teach courses that meet the training requirements for concealed carry handgun permit applications.

We offer the official NRA Student and Instructor training in locations convenient to Denver, Boulder, Westminster, Thornton, Lakewood, Aurora, Littleton, Englewood, Golden, Evergreen plus in northern Colorado for those in Fort Collins, Greeley and surrounding areas.

What courses are needed to become an instructor?

NRA Policy requires all Instructor Candidates to have first completed the underlying NRA Student Course in the same discipline or rating.  In addition, Instructor Candidates must also have completed the NRA Basic Instructor Training (aka “BIT”) Course within the past 24 months.  BIT is a classroom-only session covering policies, procedures and teaching methodologies.  BIT is then followed by one or more instructor courses with the same student course requirement.

For example, to become an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, you would need to complete three (3) courses:

  1. NRA Basic Pistol Student Course (official NRA course), and
  2. NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT) Course, and
  3. NRA Pistol Instructor Course

We offer these three courses in a “back-to-back” format which is usually scheduled every month in a Friday – Sunday configuration.  If you have a group for instructor training, and/or you need weekday classes, please contact us using this FORM.

The BIT course is “good” for 24 months which means you may attend subsequent NRA Student plus Instructor courses within that period to acquire additional instructor ratings/certifications without having to repeat the BIT course.

Ready to get started?  Here’s our 3-course instructor program that you need to obtain the NRA Pistol Instructor credential.

Here’s what the NRA has to say about the NRA Certified Instructor program.


Become an NRA Certified Instructor!

Millions of people bought guns in 2020.  Many of them have no prior firearms experience or training.  They need training and that takes instructors willing to help them become safe and effective with their new firearm.

We offer the full spectrum of NRA Instructor courses and training leading to instructor certifications in Pistol, Personal Protection, CCW, Rifle, Shotgun as well as the excellent, non-gun related Refuse To Be A Victim program.

Our Team

All NRA Training Counselors (instructor trainers) on our team are certified firearms instructors having BOTH Colorado P.O.S.T. law enforcement AND NRA “civilian” firearms instructor certifications with many years of experience training students, instructors and law enforcement recruits.  In addition, some on our team are also certified to train instructors!

Our Training Locations


  • Evergreen, or
  • About 35 minutes east of Fort Collins
  • Your classroom type location (formal or informal) for private group training with a qualifying class size.


  • About 35 minutes west of Denver near Idaho Springs, or
  • About 35 minutes east of Fort Collins, or
  • Your range location (formal or informal) for private group training with a qualifying class size.

Our Course Numbers & Levels

Our courses have a 3-digit number that corresponds to the recommended experience level:

1xx = Entry Level
2xx = Intermediate
3xx = Instructor
4xx = Advanced
5xx = Law Enforcement (unlisted)

Private Training Available

We offer private individual and group training for public officials, celebrities, business VIPs as well as for everyday folks who prefer not to attend a public class.  Rates vary depending upon course selection, location, group size, etc.  Call 303.309.1176 for more information.

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You may make a secure, online payment of your course tuition using a VISA, MC, Amex & Discover credit or debit card.

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Got credit?  Need credit?

If you are going to offer firearms training as an instructor, there are some other important credit related things to consider.  Think about getting either a new, separate personal credit card OR a true business credit card to keep better track of your expenses.  Remember, in addition to credit cards there are also “charge cards” where the entire balance must usually be paid in full each month.

If you se the referral links below and open up a new credit or charge card, you may receive an additional bonus in the form of reward points or cash back as a result provided you meet certain requirements.  Can you say free money?  Each of the following card issuers offer both personal and business credit cards.  American Express also offers charge cards and all of them have good to excellent customer service in our experience.

American Express

Discover Card