As a service to our affiliated agencies, the NRA Law Enforcement Division will review and approve firearm training lesson plans and courses of fire (training or qualification) that are submitted by one of our certified instructors. There is no charge for this service, but the person submitting must have a current NRA Law Enforcement Instructor Certification, and be employed by an agency that has an active NRA Agency Affiliation. The instructor submitting the application is not required to have a certification that is directly related to the course submitted. In other words, an instructor who is an NRA certified Law Enforcement Handgun Instructor could submit a course for Patrol Rifle.
After we receive your application forms, a member of our instructor staff will review your submission and may reply with questions, suggestions for improvement, or an approval letter. Instructions are on the application forms. Things that will be considered during the review include, but are not limited to:
Safety. This is our number one concern in all training exercises.
Clarity of the instructions. We feel that a course should be written so any qualified instructor could use your course of fire or lesson plan with no additional information.
Technical accuracy. For example, if your course of fire states that 60 rounds are fired and the shooter must have at least 45 hits to achieve a minimum score of 80%, that would not be approved, because the math is incorrect.
An approval is for 3 years, which applies only to the course as submitted to us. If anything is changed, it must be resubmitted. You will not be sent a reminder when the approval expires, it is your responsibility to keep track of it. If you want to have the same course re-approved after 3 years, it must still be submitted again.
Turnaround time on approvals is normally very fast, but this depends on who is in the office when it arrives. All of the training staff travel for schools, conferences and other events and may be out of the office for extended periods of time. We suggest that you submit your approval requests with plenty of lead time just in case.
The NRA Law Enforcement Division offers a complete police shooting program to police departments and law enforcement agencies to encourage patrol officers to gain more experience, training and time on the range using their duty firearms.