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NRA Instructor & Range Officer Training

NRA Certified Instructor and Range Safety Officer Training

Chief Instructor Kevin Sadeski is an NRA Certified Training Counselor giving him the privilege of being able to train NRA Certified Instructors and Range Safety Officers. NRA Certified Pistol Instructors are able to teach the Ohio Concealed Carry (CCW, CHL) training classes.

A summary of each NRA certified course is listed below. Please click on the upcoming dates to get more info on the training.

Click here to become an Ohio Concealed Carry Instructor.

NRA Basic Pistol ManualNRA Certified Pistol Instructor – Teach Ohio Concealed Carry

Meets Ohio’s requirements to teach Ohio conceal carry classes

Course Goal: To develop NRA Certified Instructors who possess the knowledge, skill, and attitude necessary to conduct the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course and to teach for the Ohio and some other states Concealed Handgun Carry License (CCW, CHL).
Prerequisites: See all steps listed on this page
Course Length: 8 hours (Basic Instructor Training is required before taking this course and it will be offered concurrently)
Fee: $250 (Includes the $150 Basic Instructor Training)

Course Details and Pre-Course Qualification Packet

NRA Certified Personal Protection In The Home Instructor

Course Goal: To develop NRA Certified Instructors who possess the knowledge, skill, and attitude necessary to conduct the NRA Personal Protection In The Home Course and to train for concealed handgun licenses.
Prerequisites: Must be an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor; Must have completed the BIT within the past 24 months; And must complete of the pre-course qualification listed in the PDF below (NRA Requirement).
Course Length: 9 hours (Basic Instructor Training is required to have been completed within 24 months before taking this course)
Fee: $175

Course Details and Pre-Course Qualification Packet

NRA Certified Range Safety Officer (RSO)

This NRA RSO certification will allow you to run range activities including range activities for the Boy Scouts of American (BSA) events. The BSA require that a Certified RSO (separate from the instructor(s)) is present to run the range at all BSA shooting events. You need to be an NRA Certified Instructor to train at BSA events. Refer to this web page for more details on working with the BSA.

Course Goal: To develop NRA Certified Range Safety Officers who possess the knowledge, skill, and attitude essential to organizing, conducting, and supervising safe shooting activities and range operations.
Prerequisites: Must be 21 years old or older and have familiarity with firearms and range operations.
Course Length: 9 hours
Fee: $125
Minimum Required: Need at least 4 Students Registered to hold class

Course Details and Pre-Course Qualification Packet

NRA Certified Chief Range Safety Officer (CRSO)

Course Goal: To develop NRA Certified Chief Range Safety Officers who possess the knowledge, skill, and attitude necessary to train and supervise NRA Range Safety Officers and to provide the essential information required to develop Range Standard Operating Procedures.
Prerequisites: Must be a current NRA Certified Instructor and RSO. And must have completed the NRA Basic Instructor Training within 24 months. Bring your RSO student packet to class (from RSO training); one will also be provided at the class.
Course Length: 8 hours (NRA Basic Instructor Training is required to have been completed within 2 years before taking this course)
Fee: $175
Minimum Required: Need at least 4 Students Registered to hold class

Course Details and Pre-Course Qualification Packet

Refresh – NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT)

Required as a refresher training before taking additional instructor level NRA courses.

Course Goal: To develop NRA Certified Instructors who possess the knowledge, skill, and attitude necessary to conduct the NRA Basic Firearms Training Courses.
Prerequisites: Already an NRA Certified Instructor
Course Length: 6+ Hours
Fee: $150

GET STARTED!

Click the button below to select the BIT date and time.

Recommended Hotel Options

(There are some inexpensive options off Interstate 70 on Scarborough Blvd and Brice Rd (~$45-$70). Even so, we would not recommend staying in that area.)

Carraway Guest House

156 Washington St, Canal Winchester, OH 43110

6 min to classroom 
Approx $79/night

Closest option by far. In quaint downtown Canal Winchester.

Friendly owners. Great reviews.

Unfortunately it is frequently booked up.

Best Western Canal Winchester Inn

6323 Prentiss School Place, Canal Winchester, OH 43110

9 min to classroom
Approx $139/night

Second closest option. Close to several restaurants & fast food options.

Arguably overpriced.

Holiday Inn Express Southeast Columbus

4041 Hamilton Square Blvd, Columbus, OH 43125

16 min to classroom
Approx $150/night

Located right next to the previous option (WoodSpring) but much more expensive.

At this price point, the much closer Best Western would make more sense.

Baymont by Wyndham Columbus/ Rickenbacker

2323 Rickenbacker Pkwy W, Columbus, OH  43217

16 min to classroom
Approx $80/night

Inexpensive. Looks nice. Right across from the Rickenbacker Military Base.

Surrounded by warehouses. No close fast food or grocery store options.

Our Most Recent Student Reviews:

Carl T.
Carl T.
18:11 09 Jul 20
Very professional and Quality experience.
Stefanie H.
Stefanie H.
23:44 08 Jul 20
I had a great time and learned so much!
Stefanie H.
Stefanie H.
17:15 08 Jul 20
Awesome instructors!! I had a great time. Highly recommended 🙂
Randall R.
Randall R.
17:28 06 Jul 20
My wife and I took the conceal carry class and it was excellent! Tons of info, instructions and cautions regarding conceal carry. The range time was even better! Our instructor, Tim was so helpful and patient. My wife had not shot before and he really spent time with her understanding how to shoot. It’s a must for new gun owners, in my opinion. Thank you guys for the awesome training. And please tell Tim thanks too!!
Terry H.
Terry H.
16:02 05 Jul 20
I was able to select my classes and attend very quickly. The owners/staff were super helpful and easy to communicate with. Classes were virtual, but interactive so no complaints from me. I’d definitely suggest them to friends.
Ralph L.
Ralph L.
00:07 04 Jul 20
Excellent cc instructor. Very professional and informative. I would highly recommend Armed2Defend if you are wanting to get the concealed carry license.
Kimberley C.
Kimberley C.
18:53 03 Jul 20
Our family took the Concealed Carry Class, instruction was great and we learned a lot. They provided a lot of good resources, especially for beginners like us. The range instructors were patient and thoughtful they ensured we understood how to handle our guns safely.
Sherm S.
Sherm S.
12:46 02 Jul 20
Great course. Very thorough. Zoom meeting for classroom time was very convenient during the Chinese virus shutdown. They have a private range near Canal/Lithopolis that is off the beaten path. They offer a deal to allow you to shoot a bunch of different guns, well worth it! Love the enthusiasm of the owners.
Antonia L
Antonia L
20:16 27 Jun 20
Kevin and Alisha were fantastic. They run a very professional business along with all of their instructors and I would recommend any of their classes especially for beginners!
Zachary M.
Zachary M.
19:00 27 Jun 20
Great experience! Kevin and Alisha were great instructors and I learned a lot about gun safety, laws, as well as tips on being a more accurate shooter. The zoom classes were very convenient for my schedule and the sampler pack at the range allowed me to try our a lot of different guns i would never usually shoot. Would highly recommend taking the course!
Kimberlee B.
Kimberlee B.
00:49 27 Jun 20
Amazing Instructors! You show up and they treat you like family. So happy we found this place for our training!
Ben C.
Ben C.
22:21 22 Jun 20
Kevin, Alisha and all of the instructors were amazing. Very informative, safe, thorough, and passionate. Our class was very engaged and they did a great job answering questions and explaining material. Thank you!