Teach Concealed Carry in Mississippi

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So you would like to become a Mississippi ENHANCED Concealed Carry Instructor, but you don’t know exactly what that entails. Here is the definitive answer you are looking for. Becoming an instructor is not for everyone. You need to be able to not only shoot, but present the points of law and be able to instruct others on the finer points of becoming a better shooter. The state of Mississippi requires you to have the following courses.

The instructor applicant must be a certified firearms instructor who has been certified by a nationally recognized organization that customarily offers firearms training or by any other organization approved by the Department of Public Safety.

The instructor applicant must complete the instructor’s application and the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) forms. The instructor applicant may request the instructor’s application and MOU by emailing Jeff Nester, the DPS Certified Firearms Instructor Coordinator, email: jnester@dps.ms.gov .

The instructor applicant must schedule an interview with Jeff Nester via email: jnester@dps.ms.gov or via telephone: (601) 987-1575. Interviews are conducted on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9am-11am and 1pm-4pm.

All interviews are conducted at the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol’s Firearms Permit Unit HQ office located at 1900 E. Woodrow Wilson, Jackson, MS 39216.

Each instructor applicant is required to pay $32 for a background check. Methods of Payment are cash, debit or credit cards or cashier’s check. No personal checks, money orders, Discover cards or American Express cards accepted.

(Click here to go directly to the state of Mississippi Firearms Permit Unit page for more detailed information including DPS contact information)

The NRA Certified Pistol Instructor or the NRA Personal Protection Course [Inside the Home or Outside the Home] will suffice to satisfy Mississippi requirements.


(Cost does not include some NRA nominal certification and registration fees). Discounts are available for spouses and groups.

~NRA Certified Basic Pistol Instructor:
This is a 1 day Instructor level course, but it does have some significant prerequisites you need to be aware of.

Pre-requisites are as follows: Must have a current NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT*) and complete the NRA Basic Pistol Course Instructor Led Training as a student.

The Instructor Pistol course teaches the instructor candidate how to teach the fundamentals of handgun safety, operation, and responsible ownership to new shooters throughout the Basic Pistol Blended Course or the Basic Pistol Instructor Led Training Course.

Upon successful completion of this course you will be certified to teach the NRA Basic Pistol Course or the Practical Exercises for the Blended Course to students. This Instructor course and the NRA Range Safety Officer course are the courses required by the ARKANSAS STATE POLICE for Concealed Handgun Instructor qualification. This course is required in Mississippi to teach Enhanced Concealed Carry. In Louisiana, this is one of the two required courses to teach Concealed Carry. In Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Tennessee, and Missouri, this is an authorized Concealed Carry Instructor course.

*The BIT will cover NRA policies, procedures, basic public speaking skills, training methods, use of a training team, training aids, organization and budget, and preparing to teach.

*********Please review the pre-course assessments. Expectations are spelled out for the skill set you need to have.*********

Successful completion of the minimum course block will provide you with the NRA instructor certification needed to teach the NRA Basic Pistol Course. We can also certify you as an NRA Range Safety Officer. Before you get CCW Instructor training and qualification, make sure your instructors are authorized trainers. NRA Training Counselors train NRA Instructors. NRA Instructors train students. If you are in doubt, ask to see your Training Counselor's current certification to verify his Training Counselor credentials. If your trainer is not an NRA Training Counselor they cannot certify you as an NRA Instructor. Don't pay for inadequate or illegitimate training.