Get certified to teach Ohio Concealed Carry

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NRA Pistol Instructor Training
Jul 20 @ 8:00 am – Jul 21 @ 7:00 pm
Aug
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Sep 21 @ 8:00 am – Sep 22 @ 7:00 pm
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Oct 12 @ 8:00 am – Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm

 

How to Get Certified to Teach Ohio Concealed Carry (CCW) Classes

 

NRA CERTIFIED BASIC PISTOL INSTRUCTOR TRAINING

 

Do you love guns and enjoy helping others learn how to shoot safely and effectively? Then you’re ready to become an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and get the official credentials to teach the Ohio concealed carry (CCW) and other firearm courses. 

If you want to know how to get certified to teach Ohio concealed carry classes then this training is where you need to be.   

As a concealed carry instructor not only do you get paid to teach, but you also get many other benefits.

  • Discounts on guns and gear
  • Earn money while teaching your passion
  • Tax savings by writing off your business’s guns, gear, and training

Now is the perfect time to start your concealed carry training business. 

Ohio recognizes NRA certified instructors for teaching Ohio Concealed Carry. This instructor level training is a two day class that is completed in one weekend. There are also pre-course qualifications that are set by the NRA and are required to be completed before this training. You do not have to have a concealed carry license to become an instructor.

How to Get Certified as an Ohio Conceal Carry (CCW) Instructor

Here is the 3-Step Plan to Get Certified as an NRA Pistol Instructor

 

Step 1:

Verify Eligibility – Must be 21 and able to legally own a firearm. 

Register for an Upcoming Armed2Defend NRA Pistol Instructor Course. Click here for dates.

Step 2:

Complete These 3 Pre-Course Requirements:

 1.  Review this Pre-Course Packet and complete the questionnaire on pages 11-18.

 2.  Schedule to take the NRA Basic Pistol Instructor Led training: Basic Pistol Instructor Led Training

 3.  Do the Range Demonstrations – These are listed at the bottom of page 4 in the Pre-Course Packet.

Step 3:

Complete the two day NRA Pistol Instructor Training that you registered for in Step 1.

After the course report is submitted, you can create your login. Immediately after you pay your credentialing fees to the NRA you are an official NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and able to start teaching!

Want to Teach Conceal Carry Classes?

Becoming an NRA certified pistol instructor is the best way to start teaching or assisting in concealed carry classes. Earn money while providing high quality firearms instruction.

Want Discounts on Guns and Gear?

Many companies offer discounts for NRA certified instructors. Some of these companies include Sig Sauer, Ruger, Sprinfield Amory, FN, Daniel Defense, Crimson Trace, and many more. 

 

Teach Conceal Carry Classes

Everything You Need To Start Teaching!

Get Everything That You Need to Start Teaching!

At the training you receive the materials needed to start teaching:

  • Lesson Plans for Multiple NRA Pistol Classes
  • PowerPoint Presentation for the NRA Basic Pistol Class
  • Copy of the NRA Basic Pistol Course Book
  • Copy of the Student’s Exam and Answer Key for the NRA Basic Pistol Course
  • Details on How to Teach Ohio Concealed Carry Classes

After the instructor training you’re ready to get started!

Got Questions After the Training? I’m Here For You!

Although the details are covered in the training, keeping those details straight after the course can be challenging. As your NRA Certified Training Counselor, I’m your first point of contact for NRA program questions. Since I’m a full time instructor, I’m more readily available to quickly get you back on track. 

Where do I get the completion certificates?

How can I promote my course on the NRA site for free to get more students?

What details do I have to have in my course?

Rest assured that you have support after the training through Kevin Sadeski who has trained over 18,000 for Ohio concealed carry and over 500 NRA Instructors!

 

Support After the Certification Training!

Teach Ohio Conceal Carry Training

Want to Teach Conceal Carry Classes?

Becoming an NRA certified pistol instructor is the best way to start teaching or assisting in concealed carry classes. Earn money while providing high quality firearms instruction. 

Want Discounts on Guns and Gear?

Many companies offer discounts for NRA certified instructors. Some of these companies include Sig Sauer, Ruger, Sprinfield Amory, FN, Daniel Defense, Crimson Trace, and many more. 

Everything You Need To Get Started Teaching!

Get Everything That You Need to Start Teaching!

At the training you receive the materials needed to start teaching:

  • Lesson Plans for Multiple NRA Pistol Classes
  • PowerPoint Presentation for the NRA Basic Pistol Class
  • Copy of the NRA Basic Pistol Course Student Book
  • Copy of the Student’s Exam and Answer Key for the NRA Basic Pistol Course
  • Details on How to Teach Ohio Concealed Carry Classes

After the instructor training you’re ready to get started!

Support After the Certification Training

Got Questions After the Training? I’m Here For You!

Although the details are covered in the training, keeping those details straight after the course can be challenging. As your NRA Certified Training Counselor, I’m your first point of contact for NRA program questions. Since I’m a full time instructor, I’m more readily available to quickly get you back on track. 

Where do I get the completion certificates?

How can I promote my course on the NRA site for free to get more students?

What details do I have to have in my course?

Rest assured that you have support after the training through Kevin Sadeski who has trained over 18,000 for Ohio concealed carry and over 500 NRA Instructors!

Course Details

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 select other states’ Concealed Handgun Carry License (CCW, CHL).

Prerequisite:

Completion of the pre-course qualification listed here. The NRA also requires the completion of the Instructor Led version of the NRA Basic Pistol Course. There are no exceptions to the NRA Basic Pistol Training requirement.

Please note that the instructor level training requires the ability to plan ahead and to be ready for the training and prerequisites. If you have questions, please ask, but you must be familiar with the expectations before the training. If you can’t be prepared for the instructor training, then the expectation is that you won’t be able to properly prepare to teach a class after you certified. 

Course Fee:

$250 for the 2-day pistol instructor class.

Total Cost:

$250 Class fee + $90 in-person Instructor Led version of the NRA Basic Pistol Training + $30 (if an NRA member, $50 if not an NRA member) NRA Instructor Certification = $370 (or $390 if not an NRA member)

Course Location:

Please see each date for the location. Typically our classes are within 20 minutes of downtown Columbus Ohio. The classroom portion is located at the historic Wagnalls Memorial Library in Lithopolis Ohio. Our private covered shooting range is 4 minutes away in Canal Winchester Ohio. 

Course Length:

The NRA Basic Pistol Instructor Training is two full days. Saturday typically goes from 8 am to 7 pm. Sunday typically goes 8 am to 7 pm. The actual ending times are based on the instructor candidates’ performance. 

Food and Drinks:

You will not be able to leave the class to go out for lunch. Please either pack you own lunch/drinks/snacks or plan to purchase in class. Typically there is an option to purchase food and drinks at the training. More details will be sent after you register and as the class day gets closer. We don’t mind if you are eating/drinking during class. (We have a microwave you can use but we do not have a fridge.)

Gun, Ammo, & Safety Equipment:

You are responsible for supplying the pistol and ammunition for the training and qualification. For this course and qualification any caliber pistol and sighting system can be used. No AR style pistols will be allowed. We recommend that you bring 200 rounds of ammo for the instructor training and qualification. You’ll need a minimum of 100 rounds for the instructor class on Saturday. The qualification requires a minimum of 20 shots but most instructor candidates prefer to practice some and might need more than one qualification attempt. We can supply the range safety equipment for your to borrow if needed. We require side shields on glasses. 

Why Choose Armed2Defend for Your Instructor Training?

We have trained far more students than anyone else.

Learn from the most experienced instructional team! 

Our students love us!

You'll find overwhelming evidence on Google, Facebook, Yelp, Angies List and Yellow Pages. 

 

 

Don't just get certified, get trained by one of the most experienced trainers!

Kevin Sadeski has trained over 500 NRA Certified Instructors. Learn from the best and have the best after the training support!

 

We have a passion for providing not only great instruction, but also great customer service.

We are proud to have earned the Angies List Super Service award 6 years in a row: 2013-2018.

NRA Membership Recruiter of the Year for 2016!

Top Instructor Recruiter in the nation for 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, & 2018.

 Armed2Defend has recruited over 10,000 NRA Members!

NRA CCW Instructor Training FAQs

Where are the Classes Held?

The classes are held in Canal Winchester, Ohio (in central Ohio, Southeast of Columbus, Ohio). The exact location is either in the registration page for the specific class date and/or it will be sent after you register. Our large, covered range is on private property in Canal Winchester and is only used for Armed2Defend training courses. 

Both days of the training will go from around 8 am till 6 pm. You'll need all of your required equipment for both days of the training but we'll only shoot live rounds on the second day.

The actual ending times are based on the instructor candidates' performance. 

Do I Have to Take the NRA Basic CCW Course?

Yes. The only reason you won't have to take it is if you've already completed it and you have the official NRA Basic Pistol Course completion certificate. Click here to read more about the NRA Basic CCW course and to sign up

Please note, that having a concealed carry license, military training, law enforcement training, or any other training experience does not exempt you from this requirement. 

Just as OPOTA doesn't recognize my NRA credentials towards the OPOTA Instructor prerequisites, the NRA doesn't recognize other organizations training towards their prerequisites. 

What If I Miss My Scheduled Class Day?

We require a $100 non-refundable and non-transferable deposit be paid at the time of registration. This deposit cannot be transferred to a new class date. 

You can select to 

A.) Just pay the $100 deposit to register and then pay the remaining $275 at the door on the day of class.

B.) Pay the entire $375 upfront.

*Please note that option B includes your $100 non refundable deposit. If you choose this option and end up not being able to make it to class, you forfeit the $100 portion of your $375 payment but the remaining $275 can be applied to a future class date. 

When Can I Start Teaching?

It can take up to 12 days after the class to become certified, but generally it is much faster. After you pass the course I have up to 10 days to submit the course report to the NRA. After the report is submitted, I'll send you an email to notify you. The NRA may take up to 2 days to process the report and then you'll be able to create your login on the NRA Instructor Portal and pay your credentialing fees. After the fees are paid then you're instantly a certified instructor. You'll then be able to download your instructor credential card and certificate from the NRA instructor portal and start teaching classes. 

How Long is the Certification Good For? How do I Renew it?

Your instructor certification for the NRA Basic CCW course will get added to your current certifications. It won't add any additional time to your current certification. The NRA uses a 2 years certification period. Before the 2 years are up, all you have to do is pay the certification fee to extend it an additional 2 years. The fee is based on what certifications you hold and if you're a current NRA member at the time of renewing. .  

Currently, the NRA does not require renewal training for the NRA Pistol Instructor Certification. 

Do I Have to Have a Concealed Carry License?

No, you just need to meet the pre-course requirements to take the training. 

Which States will My NRA Instructor Certification be Valid in?

The NRA Pistol Instructor Certification is a national certification. You can teach in any state but you might not be able to certify for any state's concealed carry license. Each state sets the instructor credential and the training requirement needed to get the license. You'll just have to check with the state that you are interested in teaching in to see if the NRA Pistol Instructor certification will work.

Since the NRA is considered the gold standard for firearms instruction, many states do accept the NRA Pistol Instructor certification.

I'm Under 21, Can I Become an Instructor?

The NRA has three types of instructors. All Certified Instructors have to be 21 or older. Certified Instructors can teach on their own without over-site. This is also the certification you want to be able to teach Ohio CCW classes. 

NRA Assistant Instructors are able to assist in classes and order course materials from the NRA. To become an Assistant Instructor you have to be 18 or older and complete all the other requirements just as if you wanted to become a Certified Instructor. 

NRA Apprentice Instructors can also assist in classes. To become an Apprentice Instructor you have to be 13-17 and complete all the other requirements just as if you wanted to become a Certified Instructor. 

Contact Kevin with any questions about the different levels or instructors.

 

Upcoming Dates

Jul
20
Sat
NRA Pistol Instructor Training
Jul 20 @ 8:00 am – Jul 21 @ 7:00 pm
Aug
10
Sat
NRA Pistol Instructor Training
Aug 10 @ 8:00 am – Aug 11 @ 7:00 pm
Sep
21
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NRA Pistol Instructor Training
Sep 21 @ 8:00 am – Sep 22 @ 7:00 pm
Oct
12
Sat
NRA Pistol Instructor Training
Oct 12 @ 8:00 am – Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm
Nov
9
Sat
NRA Pistol Instructor Training
Nov 9 @ 8:00 am – Nov 10 @ 7:00 pm
Dec
14
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NRA Pistol Instructor Training
Dec 14 @ 8:00 am – Dec 15 @ 7:00 pm

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.)

**TOP CHOICE**

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.

WoodSpring Suites Columbus Southeast

4105 Hamilton Square Blvd, Groveport, OH 43125

16 min to classroom
Approx $80/night

Reasonably close. Conveniently right off highway, one exit away from Canal Winchester. 

Close to a few fast food options and a Giant Eagle. 

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.

Testimonials

Jon Hall
Jon H.
17:43 15 Jun 19
Spent the day with my Daughter NRA Pistol cerificatiom course. The course was well done from Legal information to basic Pistol training. Staff was friendly and well trained both in the classroom. And on the range. Would recommend this course to anyone looking to get the CCW.
John Abbott
John A.
03:18 15 Jun 19
Friendly and Knowledgeable
Gary Shifflet
Gary S.
20:00 13 Jun 19
Professional training!
Anthony Wilson
Anthony W.
01:04 10 Jun 19
I highly recommend using Armed2Defend for the CCW training requirement. The classroom and range instruction are high quality. Very knowledgeable trainers!
David Hazelbaker
David H.
00:47 09 Jun 19
Class was very enjoyable and range was a blast. Instructors were informative and had really approachable way about them. It is still mostly class time so you sit most of the day but they have figured out a way to make it enjoyable and fun.No matter what, you will walk out feeling like you learned what you are supposed to know and feel that you enjoyed yourself while doing it. I will be going back for some of their other classes to higher my education and train up more.
Jen Shirkey
Jen S.
01:00 07 Jun 19
Class was entertaining and very informative! The Instructors we’re also very friendly and helpful T the shooting range. I would highly recommend Armed2defend to obtain your CCW!
Darian Parden
Darian P.
21:35 04 Jun 19
Great place to take your CHL class. Great instructors who are willing to help and teach everything you need to know about everyday carry to what can/could happen if a self defense situation occurs.
Patrick Henderson
Patrick H.
20:48 03 Jun 19
Me and my wife was so excited to get our ccw class done on a week day and the instructors gave great knowledge from beginning to end. The attorney part helped me a lot.. Give me a much better understanding of the ccw laws. Price was very affordable and would definitely recommend this class to my friends and family...
Dewayne Riley
Dewayne R.
21:38 02 Jun 19
Dwayne Spence
Dwayne S.
13:00 31 May 19
Haze Blaze
Haze B.
19:09 25 May 19
eduardo biffi
eduardo B.
19:16 24 May 19
Every step was easy and I had someone to ask questions if I needed. Friendly and informative staff. Had a great time at the range with the instructors.

We are family owned and operated.

You’ll quickly see that our business is more than a business to us. We have a passion to provide meaningful training. It is that passion that fuels us!

I took a class to become a concealed carrier in January 2010 (before we started Armed2Defend). My instructor was there to collect my payment and check off some boxes. He didn’t care if I learned anything. It was a paycheck to him and in his eyes the class was just a hoop for me to jump through. Ten months later Armed2Defend was born with the vision of providing excellent training at an affordable price.

Our instructors are amazing. They will make sure you learn the knowledge, skills and attitude that set the foundation for being a responsibly armed citizen! And you’ll feel like part of the Armed2Defend family during the process. 

I hope to meet you in a class soon,

Alisha Sadeski