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"Congratulations to NLEFIA for being who they say they are! This Advanced Instructor course is just what this industry needs. This type of training is long overdue in our industry." – ES, Idaho 

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Advanced Firearms Instructor Certification


This 3-day / 24-hour instructor certification course is designed to challenge firearms instructors to take a critical look at traditional training philosophies and methodologies, and to take the firearms instructor to the next level of instruction and coaching to enhance their training programs. 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.  Although pistols and rifles are the weapon systems utilized in this course, the principles and concepts that are taught apply to ALL weapon disciplines for creating better training.

This course is approved by the NRA LE Division for 24 hours of continuing education credit.

NOTE: This course requires the use of carbines / rifles. Students don't need to be certified as a rifle instructor to attend.  However, students must have successfully completed a rifle operator certification course of 16+ hours to attend this course.

Course Topics: 

  • A critical look at the fundamentals of marksmanship
  • Firearms safety rules vs. Range safety rules
  • Performance-based training vs. Outcome-based training
  • Proper target selection to enhance training
  • Defining "advanced" firearms training
  • Advanced firearms drill formula
  • Line drills vs. Solo drills vs. Team drills
  • Experiencing OODA on the range
  • Critiquing vs. debriefing student performance
  • Getting students to "self discover" mistakes and solutions

Required Equipment: 

  • Pistol and three magazines
  • Holster & mag pouches (no concealment holsters)
  • Carbine / rifle with three magazines and tactical sling
  • Rifle mag pouches
  • 300 rounds of ammo for each weapon system
  • Eye & ear protection
  • Hat with a brim
  • Knee and elbow pads
  • Black marker
  • Weather-related gear
  • Hydration fluids & snacks

Hosting Requirements: 

  • Classroom with projector and white screen
  • A 25-100 yard range with portable target frames for each student
  • A variety of silhouette-style paper targets (at least 3 different kinds)
  • At least four (4) portable cover stands to shoot around. Ideally, stable enough to shoot braced.
  • 10-15 traffic / sport cones cones
Organizations interested in hosting a course should contact us at training@nlefia.org .

Phone: 800-930-2953

Email: office@nlefia.org


6635 W. Happy Valley Road

Suite A104-108

Glendale, AZ 85310

Hours of Operation: (AZ time)

Monday - Friday | 9am - 3pm

Closed: Weekends & Holidays

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