Texas Concealed Carry Instructor

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So you would like to become a Texas 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 Texas requires you to have the following courses (except HFS Instructor and NRA Range Safety Officer- we recommend them as an inexpensive and much needed add on ).

"In order to become a certified CHL instructor, you must meet all the eligibility criteria under the Texas Government Code, §411.172 and §411.190. This includes proof you are currently certified to instruct others in the use of handguns (firearm instructor) as listed below:

1) Certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) as a firearm instructor - supporting documentation includes a copy of your TCLEOSE firearm instructor certificate. (Must be a firearm instructor, basic instructor is not sufficient.) [or]

2) Certified under the Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1702, (Private Security Act) as a firearm instructor – supporting documentation includes a copy of the Private Security instructor registration. [or]

3) Certified by the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) as a firearm instructor – supporting document includes a copy of certificate of training and a copy your unexpired NRA credentials. ( Must be certified to instructor handgun/pistol) [or]

4) Proof of graduation from a handgun instructor school that uses a nationally accepted course designed to train persons as handgun instructors. (Applicants under this section must regularly instruct others in the use of handguns.)"

(Click here to go directly to Texas Department of Public Safety for more detailed information)

(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.