The NRA Instructor Shotgun Training Course is designed to develop NRA Certified Instructors who possess the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to conduct the NRA Basic Shotgun Shooting Course.

Full Description:  The NRA Shotgun Instructor Training begins with the NRA Basic Instructor Training class, which must be completed first. Both classes together form the required course for NRA Shotgun Instructor certification. (You are not considered an NRA Certified Instructor until the NRA Training Department processes your application and issues your instructor credentials.) This is an 11 hour course designed to teach the fundamentals of shotgun shooting, both hunting and skeet/trap for shotgun.

Prerequisites: To enroll in the NRA Instructor Shotgun Training Course you must:

  1. Complete the NRA Basic Instructor Training Class
  2. Fill out the NRA Pre-Course Questionnaire and pay deposit as listed on the class page.
  3. Achieve satisfactory scores in an NRA Pre-Course Qualification that we conduct for promising potential instructor candidates.
  4. In your Pre-Course Qualification you must: achieve a score of 90 percent or higher in a written examination and have a minimum passing score of 80 out of a possible 100 points in firearms handling, shooting competence and firearms safety evaluation

The NRA states that “Only those candidates who achieve satisfactory scores in the Pre-Course Qualification and who meet other specified requirements for NRA instructors are eligible for certification.” All NRA instructor training is a two-part course consisting of two classes. The NRA Basic Instructor Training Class is the first part of the course and is Lessons I-V. The discipline-specific class is the second part of the course and begins with Lesson VI.   Download the Pre-Course Qualification Here! Download the Pre-Course Questionnaire Here!

Class Description This NRA Instructor Shotgun Training Course proceeds through eight lessons that teach you how to conduct the NRA Basic Shotgun Shooting Class step by step using the NRA Basic Shotgun Shooting Class Outline and Lesson Plans and how to teach shotgun shooting on a basic level. NRA Instructor Shotgun Training concludes with the Shotgun Instructor Examination and other preliminaries to receive certification from the NRA.

Following are the eight lessons in the NRA Instructor Shotgun Training Course:

VI. Introduction to NRA Basic Shotgun Shooting Course Outline and Lesson Plan

VII. Teaching Shotgun Lesson I: Shotgun Knowledge and Safe Handling

VIII. Teaching Shotgun Lesson II: Ammunition Knowledge and the Fundamentals of Shotgun Shooting

IX. Basic Shotgun Shooting Instructional Method

X. Teaching Shotgun Lesson III: Firing the First Shots

XI. Teaching Shotgun Lesson IV: Shotgun Shooting Skills Practical Exercise

XII. Evaluating and Improving Performance of Beginning Shotgun Shooters

XIII. Teaching Shotgun Lesson V: Shotgun Sports and Activities  


NRA Course Catalog Description  CLICK HERE


This class includes the following materials:

Course Completion Card


Shotgun Course Outline


Register for this Class

$250 $150 Deposit

Upcoming classes:

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WedOctober 12, 20228:00 AM-7:00 PM10

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Cost: $250

There is a $150 deposit for this class that is non-refundable.

Length: 11 Hours

This class consists of 11 hours of classroom instruction.

Prerequisites: 2 Classes

Student must have attended both classes listed under the Prerequisites Tab.

Skill Level

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

To teach students to become a certified NRA Shotgun Instructor.

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

Meet the following age requirements:

  • Certified instructor: 21 years of age or older
  • Assistant instructor: 18 years of age or older
  • Apprentice instructor: 13-17 years of age

Receive a passing grade on the NRA Trainer’s Examination and appropriate instructor certification examination:

  • Certified: 90 percent or higher
  • Assistant: 85 percent or higher
  • Apprentice: 85 percent or higher

This class is not a prerequisite, but simply a recommendation.  Mouseover the box for more info!


NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT)



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NRA Basic Shotgun Class



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Things that you need before thanking this class!

  • NRA Basic Shotgun Shooting Class completion certificate
  • BIT completion card (Dated within the last 2 years)

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.

Do I need to take the NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT)

An NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT) class has to be taken in prior 2 years to take the NRA Instructor Shotgun Shooting Course.

Why do the lessons start at lesson VI?

The NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT) are the first V lessons.

Is the cost of the NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT) included?

Yes, there is no extra charge for NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT) when registering for this class.

Do I have to be a member of the NRA to take this class?

It is highly recommended that you are or become a member of the NRA. This will condense all of your instructor credentials under one NRA number.  Join Here

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 of their state 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.