Get certified to teach Ohio Concealed Carry

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, CHL) 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 Pistol 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 7 pm.

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

Do I Have to Take the NRA Basic Pistol 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. An Ohio concealed carry certificate given by an NRA Instructor doesn’t necessarily meet this requirement. It must be an official NRA Basic Pistol course completion certificate.  Click here to read more about the NRA Basic Pistol 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 $50 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 $50 deposit to register and then pay the remaining $200 at the door on the day of class.

B.) Pay the entire $250 upfront.

*Please note that option B includes your $50 non-refundable deposit. If you choose this option and end up not being able to make it to class, you forfeit the $50 portion of your $250 payment but the remaining $200 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 Armed2Defend has 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?

The NRA uses a 2 years certification period. Before the 2 years are up, all you must 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 must 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 can 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 of instructors.

 

Upcoming Dates

Detailed Steps to Become an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor

Please note that these requirements are just the basics. Your attitude and participation are also used in determining if you can be certified. Only instructor candidates that prove that they will represent the NRA in an appropriate manor with the proper knowledge, skills, and attitude will be able to become certified. If you come with an open mind and a positive attitude, then you’ll do great.

This is a detailed list of steps. Break down each step to digest it bits at a time. As you read through it, give me a call with your questions, 614-503-5214. 

Step 1: Course Pre-Requisites:

1. What qualifies you to become an instructor:

  • Must be able to legally own a firearm.
  • Must be 21 to become a Certified Instructor. (Assistant and Apprentice Instructors can be younger than 21. Please contact us for details if you are under 21.)

2. Complete the NRA Basic Pistol Instructor Led Course:

This is an NRA requirement and there are NO exceptions. You must complete the student version of any NRA class that you are going to get certified in before you can take the instructor level training.

PLEASE NOTE: If you took the course in the past, you’ll need to provide a copy of the NRA certificate as proof. It must be the official NRA course completion certificate and not just a certificate from an NRA instructor. (NRA Certificates have the NRA Secretary’s signature.) It also must be the full in person training and not the blended version. 

Click here for upcoming NRA Basic Pistol Class dates.

The next two steps can be completed when you come to take this course.

3. Verify Shooting Skills:

You can complete these demonstrations when you come to take the NRA Basic Pistol course. If you are not taking the Basic Pistol course though Armed2Defend, then you can either schedule a time to complete it before the instructor training or you can complete it on the first day of the instructor Training.

  • Demonstrate how to load and unload the following pistol types. If you complete the NRA Basic Pistol training through Armed2Defend, we’ll teach you how to perform these steps.
    1. Single Action Revolver
    2. Double Action Revolver
    3. Semi-Automatic
  • Using the NRA methods demonstrate how to clear the following malfunctions with a semi-automatic. The directions are given in the pre-course packet on page 16 towards the bottom. Just follow them step by step but you must practice ahead of time.
    1. Failure to Fire
    2. Double Feed
  • Demonstrate the required shooting skills by scoring 16/20 hits within a 3-inch circle and within a 2-inch group at 15 feet. More details are given on page 17 within the pre-course packet. The targets that you will be shooting are on pages 6 and 7. Be sure to practice shooting before coming for the demonstration. Even skilled shooters are unable to complete this qualification unless if they master it before coming out. Don’t think you’re the exception; please just practice it. 

4. Complete the Pre-Course Questionnaire:

Turn in the filled-out pre-course packet when you come to complete these pre-course demonstrations.

Step 2: Register for the NRA Pistol Instructor Course:

1. Select Your Class Date:

Click on a date listed here and then click to register. Please be sure that you understand all the requirements for the training before signing up.

2. When Registering Pay At Least the Non-Refundable Deposit:

You are not officially registered until you pay the deposit.

Current NRA Certified Instructors:

If you are a current NRA Certified Instructor and have completed the NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT) within the past 24 months, you can get a discount and skip some of the training. Please contact us for details.

Step 3: Complete the NRA Pistol Instructor Training:

This training consists of two parts conducted over 2-days. Both components are required by the NRA.

1. NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT):

This is the first component of the training and is completed in the first day of the instructor training. You must score a 90% or greater on the open book and open notes test to pass. Exam material will be covered in the class.

2. The NRA Pistol Instructor Training:

This course starts after the BIT is completed on the first day. We’ll head to the shooting range to start the training. The remaining portion of this course is completed on day two with only classroom time. You must score a 90% or greater on the open book and open notes test to pass. Exam material will be covered in the class.

Step 4: Finalize Your Credentials with the NRA:

 

1. Armed2Defend Submits Your Course Report:

Armed2Defend has up to 10 days to submit your completion to the NRA. We typically submit it within a couple of days but occasionally a lack of information from some instructor candidates.can cause a delay in the report being able to be submitted.

2. Finalize Your Credentials:

After the course report is submitted, an email is sent to you with directions on how to finalize your credentials.

  • You must create a log in on the NRA Instructor Portal using your NRA membership ID.
  • Pay your certification fee. This is paid to the NRA directly, not to Armed2Defend. It is either $30 if you are an NRA member or $50 if you are not. (You can join the NRA here.) This fee could change in the future.

3. Access Your NRA Instructor Materials:

After you pay your fee you are instantly an NRA Certified Instructor! At this point you have full access to your instructor materials, and you can start teaching.

Step 5: Get Ready to Teach:

 

Once you are certified you can start teaching classes.

Student Certificates:

All the details on what to include on your student certificates will be given at your instructor training by Armed2Defend.

More Resources:

Armed2Defend will give you additional resources to help improve your training and details on how to get discounts on guns and gun related items.

Cover Ohio CHL Training Requirements:

For the Ohio Concealed Carry License (CHL), you can teach the NRA class or create your own. Be sure that you complete the requirements for the Ohio concealed carry license as listed in the Ohio Revised Code section 2923.125 (G) (1). Also, the student needs to pass the competency examination described in section 2923.125 (G) (2) of the Ohio Revised Code.

Step 6: Additional Training:

Becoming an NRA Pistol Instructor meets the Ohio CHL (CCW) training requirement, but as an instructor you should continue to train to improve your classes.

 

NRA Certified Range Safety Officer (RSO):

This one-day training teaches you how to successfully run a range. https://www.armed2defend.com/classes/nra-instructor-and-range-officer-training/

NRA Certified Chief Range Safety Officer (CRSO):

This one-day class is the follow up for the RSO certification and it certifies you to teach NRA RSO Certification classes. It also covers the information needed to setup a range facility and establish Range Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). https://www.armed2defend.com/classes/nra-instructor-and-range-officer-training/

NRA CCW Instructor:

This is the new course from the NRA that teaches how to properly draw from concealment and shoot defensively. It can replace the NRA Basic Pistol course platform to teach Ohio concealed carry classes. There are only around 200 NRA Instructors certified to teach this course. https://www.armed2defend.com/nra-ccw-instructor-training/

USCCA Instructor Certification:

Take your classes to the next level with high quality presentations and course materials. The United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) is dedicated to teaching courses that are relevant and practical. Their lesson plan will equip you to teach classes that focus on the defensive elements over just the basics of pistol handling and operations. https://www.armed2defend.com/classes/uscca_certified_instructor/

NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home Instructor Training:

This home defense course allows you to teach the first of the NRA defensive pistol courses. The course is a one-day class. This course can also be used to replace the NRA Basic Pistol for a beyond the basics Ohio concealed carry course. https://www.armed2defend.com/classes/nra-instructor-and-range-officer-training/ 

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

Sarah Hatcher
Sarah H.
18:26 16 Oct 19
Great class at a reasonable price. All gun owners should take this class.
Jay
Jay
11:18 15 Oct 19
First of all I would like to say if anyone is interested carry a concealed license this is the place to start ! They are super funny and friendly people and would recommend anybody to go here if they have no or little experience with guns!
Fred Slater
Fred S.
18:00 01 Oct 19
The concealed carry class was engaging and informative for a complete novice like myself. The experience at the range was great, too, especially the opportunity to try a wide variety of guns. Instructors were patient and professional. Highly recommend.
Keith Thomas
Keith T.
23:54 30 Sep 19
Great day of learning the rules and laws for conceal carrying. This class was filled with great knowledge when it came to conceal carrying and firing a weapon. It would make you think twice before you plan to pull the trigger. I recommend taking this class!!
Ralph North
Ralph N.
18:34 30 Sep 19
The instructors are the best .the shooting range was great I enjoyed everyabout Armed2defend every one wanting a permit to carry should go there. Ralph North
sharon fritz
sharon F.
17:21 30 Sep 19
I would recommend this class to anyone who is a first-time gun owner. All my questions were answered, I was put at ease, the class was conducted in a professional manner with excellent training materials and videos. Kevin and his staff were professional and enthusiastic regarding the successful completion of the class and all the steps involved in safe gun ownership, handling and obtaining a CCW. I appreciated the patience that was shown to me during class and first-time exposure to a firing range. After taking the class I feel confident that I would be able to do whatever was required during an actual emergency or threat because situations (and laws) that I had never considered were brought up discussed and well covered during this class. Many thanks to Kevin Sadeski his family and staff. Armed 2Defend is a first-class operation.
Luis Angel Morales
Luis Angel M.
09:02 30 Sep 19
Great class and also nice people
Dave Barlow
Dave B.
12:23 29 Sep 19
Excellent training, excellent people, have used and will continue to use for all of my training!
Ed Blaire
Ed B.
12:47 28 Sep 19
Excellent course and supervised time at the range!
Kevin A Whittemore
Kevin A W.
00:09 27 Sep 19
Kevin and his team are very professional and helpful. I learned quite a bit about carrying concealed and would highly recommend them for the training to receive your ccw license
Lisa Price
Lisa P.
19:43 26 Sep 19
My husband and I took this class recently. I have never handled a gun so, my goal was to learn as much as I could about gun safety and get some experience with shooting a gun. The class was very informative, the instructors were awesome, and my husband and I were very impressed overall. We will be looking to take advantage of their other offerings!
Sarah U.
Sarah U.
14:07 25 Sep 19
Look no further than here for all of your ccw needs because the training is just that awesome!!! Everything from registration to communication to day of...

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