Advancing the Knowledge and Skills of Professional Firearms Instructors

Instructor Certification Courses

NLEFIA does not provide instructor certifications in the five major weapon disciplines (revolver, pistol, shotgun, carbine / rifle, and precision rifle), as there are many state and national organizations that provide that initial / basic certification. Instead, NLEFIA provides continuing certifications to help advance the knowledge and skills of professional firearms instructors.

All instructor certification courses cost $150 per day for members.  Non-members wanting to attend a course must become a member first, then register for the course.  Becoming a member can take as little as 24 hours (excluding weekends).

Organizations hosting an instructor certification course will receive a minimum of two (2) FREE spots in the course.  Organizations interested in hosting a course should contact us at training@nlefia.org .

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Advanced Firearms Instructor ($450) – This 3-day / 24-hour instructor certification course is designed to take the firearms instructor to the next level of instruction and presentation. Since most firearms instructor certification courses are designed to show new instructors how to teach basic skills and conduct basic drills, this course will show instructors how to design and conduct advanced drills that not only pushes their student’s skills to the next level but also maximizes their training time and ammunition allotment.  Creativity and thinking “outside the ammo can” are heavily emphasized in this course. This course is approved by the NRA/LED for 24 hours of continuing education credit.

Live-Fire CQB / Shoot House Instructor ($450) – Live-fire training in a shoot house is the pinnacle of all firearms training...and the most challenging for firearms instructors.  Not only does the instructor have to watch all things related to firearms training and safety, but also has to simultaneously evaluate and critique the application of sound CQB tactics.  This 3-day / 24-hour instructor certification course will teach firearms instructors how to conduct safe training in a 360 degree live-fire training environment. In addition, instructors will learn how to increase the skill level and confidence of their students through proper debriefing and motivation. 

Low Light Shooting Instructor ($450) – This 3-day / 24-hour instructor certification course is designed to teach firearms instructors the various principles and tactics associated with the use of illumination tools when deployed with a handgun or shoulder-fired weapon system. Most basic firearms instructors courses usually dedicate about 4-5 hours to low light shooting and only conduct basic low light drills.  This instructor course goes much further in depth.

Concealed Carry Firearms Instructor ($450) – Under Development - This 3-day / 24-hour instructor certification course is designed to teach firearms instructors the various principles and techniques associated with concealed carry for undercover and off-duty officers.  Most basic firearms instructor courses briefly discuss concealed carry methods.  This instructor course goes much further in depth.  Emphasis will be placed on the various concealed carry methods, the pros and cons of those methods, and how to safely conduct live-fire training using those methods of concealed carry.

Close Protection Firearms Instructor ($450) – Under Development - This 3-day / 24-hour instructor certification course is designed to teach firearms instructors how to conduct safe live-fire training specific to dignitary / executive protection training.  There are so many unique aspects to this specialized area of firearms training that many of them are never addressed in standard firearms instructor courses.  This course focuses on the use of both pistols and rifles for low profile and high risk close protection training.

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