NRA Basic Instructor Training is designed to develop NRA Certified Instructors who possess the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to conduct the NRA Basic Firearm Training Courses. It is the NRA class that helps people who already have subject matter expertise learn how to hold a class the NRA way so that their students earn recognized NRA certification.

Full Description:  This course teaches you the policies and procedures for becoming an NRA instructor as well as effective teaching methods for training students. Basic Instructor Training is a pre-requisite for all instructor level courses. NRA Basic Instructor Training opens with an exercise on “How to Introduce a Speaker” designed as an icebreaker. You’re paired with another Instructor Candidate, spend a few minutes in exchanging information, and introduce each other to the class. Immediately you start learning how to talk on your feet while we teach you how to offer useful praise and constructive suggestions. We help you conquer shyness and develop a communications bridge with a group of people who depend on you for positive instruction. Our classes establish an atmosphere in which your fellow students assist us in helping you succeed. All courses include the required NRA documentation, instructor guides, student packets, instruction and follow up support. You will receive everything needed to first take and then teach each course. Note: There will be processing fees payable to the NRA due upon the completion of class. Fee’s are determined by how many and which courses you attend. This course is a minimum of 6 hours and covers the following topics:

  • How to introduce a speaker
  • The instructor and the NRA Basic Firearm Training Program
  • Using a training team
  • Training materials and training aids
  • Organizing your course
  • Preparing to teach

This course is the mandatory pre-requisite for initial NRA Certified Instructor training. To be certified as an NRA Instructor, students must complete this 6-hour course that teaches material common to all NRA courses. This course does not certify the instructor candidate to teach any NRA courses. Additional discipline-specific instructor training is required to certify instructor candidates to teach specific courses. After you successfully complete NRA Basic Instructor Training and score at least 90% on the Trainers Examination you should be ready for whichever discipline-specific instructor training class comes next for you: Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, or Personal Protection depending on your qualifications and enrollment. You demonstrate your qualifications through the Pre-Course Qualification tests associated with the specific discipline. The first day of most NRA instructor training courses consists of this 6 hour Basic Instructor Training (BIT). Special Note for Current Instructors adding a rating: When adding ratings, instructors may be required to attend another Basic Instructor Training (BIT) Course if they have not completed that course within the previous 2 years. Please remember NRA Instructor Courses are performance based courses, Instructor Candidates must possess the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for this level of training. You do not pay and automatically pass Instructor training. You pay to have the opportunity to pass.  

This class includes the following materials:

Course Completion Card


Register for this Class

$50 Free if accompanied with a paid instructor class.

Upcoming classes:

DayStart DateTimeSpaces
FriJuly 8, 202212:00 PM-6:00 PM12
FriSeptember 23, 202212:00 PM-6:00 PM13
MonOctober 10, 20228:00 AM-2:00 PM14
FriJanuary 6, 202312:00 PM-6:00 PM14

color-councilorAccreditation: Red Dot Arms provides comprehensive training classes with Certified NRA Training Counselors. This class is NRA Certified and meets all NRA firearms safety guidelines.

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Cost: $50

This class is free if accompanied with a paid instructor class.

Length: 6 Hours

This class consists of 6 hours of classroom and is mandatory for each instructor class.

Prerequisites: None

No prerequisite.  This class is the basis of all instructor classes.

Skill Level

Red Dot Arms, Training, Concealed Carry, Lake County, Chicago, Illinois, Class, Goals

To teach future instructors how to hold a class the NRA way so that their students can earn NRA certification


Red Dot Arms, Training, Concealed Carry, Lake County, Chicago, Illinois, Age Requirements

Any age may attend, but those under 18 must be accompanied by participating parent or guardian. Prospective students under 21 years of age please contact us at You must certain age to be an instructor. Certified instructor: 21 years of age or older Assistant instructor: 18 years of age or older Apprentice instructor: 13-17 years of age

Red Dot Arms, Training, Concealed Carry, Lake County, Chicago, Illinois, Prerequisites

This is a novice class. There is no prerequisite for this class.

Things that you should bring to the class!

  • There are no requirements for this class.
Red Dot Arms, Training, Concealed Carry, Lake County, Chicago, Illinois, Qualifications, Fitness

For the purpose of your safety and accommodating special needs participants, please contact us at if any of the following conditions apply to you:

  • Pregnancy, mental handicap, physical handicap, disabled, visually impaired, under the influence of prescription drugs, under the influence of illegal drugs and/or under the influence of alcohol

Do I need a F.O.I.D Card?

No, Red Dot Arms Training Academy does not require a F.O.I.D card to attend. Illinois residents should apply for their F.O.I.D. if they are planning to purchase, possess or transport their own firearms.

Why do I need this class?

This class is required to take before taking any Instructor course.   Certificate is only valid for 2 years.  

What happens after two years pass by after taking the class.

You will need to re-take the class before taking any new NRA Instructor courses.

Why is this class $50 or Free.

The cost of the BIT class is included in all NRA Instructor Course.

Red Dot Arms, Training, Concealed Carry, Lake County, Chicago, Illinois, Disclaimer


FOID Statement: Illinois residents that will be TRANSPORTING their own firearm to and from the class/range must be in possession of a valid FOID/CCL card, and be of legal age, 21 for handguns, and 18 for long guns.  A FOID card is not required to participate in the class. Out of state residents need to follow the age requirements and have a valid ID.

We reserve the right to dismiss any student for unsafe behavior and/or failure to follow instructions. No refund will be offered.