Teach Concealed Carry in Tennessee

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So you would like to become a Tennessee 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 Tennessee requires you to have the following courses.



(1) Public Handgun Safety Schools may use handgun instructors who are a full time, salaried, POST certified law enforcement officer approved as a firearms instructor by the chief administrative officer of his or her agency and who conducts Handgun Safety Courses for his/her agency or another Public Handgun Safety School.

(2) Private Handgun Safety Schools shall use instructors which must meet the following minimum qualifications:

(a) Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age;

(b) Shall not have been convicted of a felony or any drug or alcohol related offense in the past ten (10) years;

(c) Shall submit proof of the completion of a Department approved firearm/handgun instructors training course; and,

1. Approved instructor training courses include, but are not limited to, those instructed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), National Sheriff’s Association (NSA), International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Police Officers Standards of Training (POST), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) and others approved by the Department.

2. The Commissioner shall make the final determination on approved courses.

(d) Shall possess an instructors certificate issued by the Department.

1. Certificate is valid for three (3) years from date of issuance.

(3) Instructors for Public Handgun Safety Schools who instruct for Private Handgun Safety Schools and Instructors for Private Handgun Safety Schools who instruct for Public Handgun Safety Schools must meet the requirement of 1340-2-3-.06(2).

(4) Handgun Safety Schools may utilize personnel other than Department Certified Instructors to instruct only that portion of classroom instruction directly related to the legal liabilities and other legal aspects of the instruction.

Authority: T.C.A. §§4-3-2009 and 39-17-1351. Administrative History: Original rule filed January 25, 1995; effective April 10, 1995. Amendment filed September 16, 1996; effective January 28, 1997.

(Click here to go directly to the state of Tennessee Concealed Carry Instructor regulation page for more detailed information)

The NRA Certified Pistol Instructor will suffice to satisfy Tennessee 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.