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We are currently accepting requests to sponsor NRA Law Enforcement Instructor Development Schools. The host is responsible for providing range and classroom facilities along with some other minor administrative duties. In return, the host will receive two complimentary slots in the school. Additionally, the NRA will provide professional staff to conduct the school, student manuals, and all student handout materials including targets. School objectives include increasing the instructional ability of the law enforcement firearm instructor and making instructor training more accessible to law enforcement officers throughout the country. Please contact our staff for preliminary discussions and a host information package at (703) 267-1640 or e-mail us at

Please Read Carefully - We are constantly updating our training and adding new schools. As such, there are likely to be changes in the host responsibilities of which you are not aware. Different schools also require different equipment, classroom, and range facilities.

School Information

Purpose- The NRA Law Enforcement Instructor Development School's purpose is to increase each student's individual firearm instructor skills. The curriculum is designed to assist students in developing, preparing, and conducting safe, effective, reality-based, and agency-related law enforcement firearm training and programs for the firearm(s) shown. Instruction will be presented and practical exercises conducted to help students professionally present both classroom and range training. In addition, the school will enhance each student's law enforcement firearm knowledge and handling skills. These are NOT basic operator or shooting schools. All classes and range exercises will be conducted at the instructor level and students will be expected to conduct many of the range exercises. Students are instructed using the NRA's proven "supermarket" methodology that exposes them to a wide variety of techniques, methods, and philosophies. This method allows students to choose programs that will best serve their agency's needs.

Who Should Attend- These schools are intended for public and private law enforcement officers and military personnel who are currently assigned, or about to be assigned, duties as law enforcement firearm instructors.

Law Enforcement Instructor Development Schools - Each of our Instructor Development Schools consists of 44 contact hours during a five-day school. Contact hours = Actual instructional time in the classroom and on the range. It does not include travel times between the motel and training site, break times, meal times, and range set-up or clean-up. Classes will be conducted from 0730 hours to approximately 1800 hours Monday through Friday, plus one late night to accommodate reduced light shooting. 100% attendance is MANDATORY for successful school completion. The school should be considered a full time endeavor. It is unreasonable to expect successful completion if engaged in any additional activities (work/duty/night school) during the school week. Students must also demonstrate teaching and shooting proficiency and pass a written examination. The following schools are designed to be "stand alone" instructor development schools and include: Handgun/Shotgun, Handgun Only (Pistol/Revolver), Tactical Shotgun, Patrol Rifle, and Select-Fire. Students attending the Precision Rifle Instructor School must have already attended a General Instructor course. The Tactical Shooting Instructor school requires that a student already possess a firearm instructor certification in either the handgun or the long-gun that the student will be bringing to the school and provide some documentation as to having attended a minimum of an operator level school in the other firearm. (For instance, you may be a certified handgun instructor and have attended a patrol rifle operator school. Or you may be a certified shotgun instructor and provide documentation that you've attended a basic handgun skills course).

The Request Procedure - Please assemble and submit a request package that contains:

  1. A Completed Check List - This form may be downloaded in PDF format to be printed out by clicking here. Please select a date 6-9 months out from the time of your submitting this form to allow for sufficient advertising time.
  2. Location Maps and Information - Please include area sketch maps indicating the location of classroom, range, suggested hotels, and directions from major highways.

Note: Please mail the Request Package to: NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION, Law Enforcement Activities Division, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030-9400

Student Tution and Payment -

  • Tuition for all Instructor Development Schools is $645 per student, payable to the NRA. The host may charge a minimal ($20-$50) "range fee" to cover cardboard, staples, coffee, donuts, and other out of pocket expenses, which is NOT included in the $645 tuition payment, and must be paid directly to the host by the students.
  • Approximately three weeks prior to the start date, a school may be cancelled at the discretion of the NRA LE Division if an insufficient number of students have registered and paid for the school.

Closed School(s) - Hosting agencies may wish to consider a "closed" school which is not advertised to other agencies. The hosting agency provides all of the students. The NRA will conduct closed instructor schools, for any number of students up to twenty, at a cost of $11,900. Closed schools can normally be scheduled with much less lead time. Closed school requests requiring a signed contract must be received no later than 6 weeks before the start of the school.

Class Size - Most open enrollment Instructor Development Schools are limited to 20 to 24 students (occasionally no more than 30 students if the facility allows), which includes one complementary tuition slot that the host receives for every 9 paid students. A minimum number of students is required for a school to be conducted.

Training Dates - Please confirm the school dates before starting to make arrangements for the school. Our schools and our training staff are scheduled well in advance (usually six to nine months). Requested school dates cannot be confirmed until all the necessary paperwork is received by the Law Enforcement Activities Division.

Student Information Packets - When we receive your completed request package, we will incorporate your maps, hotel, range, and classroom information, and mail you back a master copy of the student information packet for you to copy and use. All prospective students must receive a complete student packet. You may add to this packet if you wish.

NRA Responsibilities:

  • Register students - Register students for the school on receipt of a registration form and tuition payment. Provide school confirmation to these students. Maintain an accurate count of paid students.
  • Provide school listings in several periodicals and our website - Advertise the training dates and the host's name and agency address.
  • Provide the professional training staff.
  • Provide student information packet - to prospective students requesting information and registration.
  • Provide student handout materials and targets.
  • Provide school completion certificates - These certificates are provided for the hosting agency to type.

Host Responsibilities:

  • Provide a liaison - to be present throughout the school and be responsible for meeting the requirements listed below, plus any other reasonable requests made by the NRA Staff. The coordinator will serve as the local contact point for students and the NRA Staff prior to and during the school. The coordinator will meet with the NRA Staff during the weekend prior to the school to set up the classroom and range facilities.
  • Advertise - through teletype and/or other means, and send school announcements to State POST, law enforcement agencies, and other qualified students informing them of the school.
  • Provide information packet - to any student who inquires about the school. (Master will be provided by NRA.) Provide area maps marking locations of hotels, classroom, and range.
  • Receive training material shipments - securely store, and confirm receipt with the NRA of packages of training materials shipped to the host from the NRA. Arrange for all of this material to be available for classroom and range setup during the weekend before the school.
  • Ship training materials back to the NRA - This shipment will usually consist of one or two large, heavy boxes.
  • Type school completion certificates and class roster - Type provided school completion certificates. Type a class roster. Copy the certificates and the class roster (one for each student and the NRA training team).

Classroom Requirements and Equipment:

Note:The classroom and range must be reserved for the exclusive use of the NRA for the duration of the training. Weather and other factors may require changes to the schedule.

  • Classroom with Chairs and Desks/Tables - A secure classroom with chairs and desks/tables on, or adjacent to, the range. The classroom must be available for the exclusive use of the NRA school. The classroom will be used every day.
  • LCD data projector, laptop computer and screen - Projector should be a minimum of 800 lumens and have spare bulbs available. The laptop computer should be capable of accepting a CD-Rom that our instructors will have to run PowerPoint presentations. A laptop computer and projector can be provided by NRA staff with advance notice.
  • Chalkboard/Dry-wipe Board - Chalkboard, chalk, and eraser; or dry-wipe board, dry-wipe markers; flip chart.

Range Requirements and Equipment:

  • Range Rules - NRA Law Enforcement Training is conducted as a "HOT RANGE" in compliance with the NRA Law Enforcement Training Range Safety Rules. If this requirement could pose a problem, or violate your range safety rules, we MUST discuss the matter before committing to a school. Please contact us at (703) 267-1640 and talk to a Staff Instructor if you have any concerns in this respect.
  • 12 Firing Points - The number of firing points is a determining factor in deciding the maximum number of students in the school. Our preference is to have one target frame per student, plus 2 extras, but we can conduct a school with one target frame for every 2 students, plus 2 extra.
  • 25, 50, 100 and 200 Yard Ranges - A minimum shooting distance of 25 yards is acceptable for all Handgun and Handgun/Shotgun Schools. A minimum distance of 50 yards is required for the Tactical Shooting, Tactical Shotgun, and the Patrol Rifle Schools. 200 yards will be required for the Precision Rifle Instructor.
  • Simulated Cover/Concealment - Portable cover simulation is preferred. Portable target frames are ideal. At least one for every two students is required.
  • Staple Guns - If staple guns are used to secure targets, a minimum of one staple gun for every three firing points, with extra staples for each, is required.
  • Reduced Light Shooting - Reduced light (night firing) shooting is conducted one night during the school, and the range must allow these required exercises.
  • Electricity and Screen - Electricity is preferred on the range during the dim light portion of the school to power the LCD projector. An outdoor projection screen is required to be set up on the range. Ideally the screen may be a white sheet, targets reversed and taped together, or white-painted plywood measuring eight feet high by eight feet wide. The screen will either be free standing or fit in holes or target holders. This screen will be shot at during dim light training. Note: This exercise is not required for Patrol Rifle, Precision Rifle, or Select-Fire schools.
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