The Handloaders Bench Home
Home Search search Menu menu Not logged in - Login | Register
The Handloaders Bench > Metallic cartridge reloading > Learning to Handload? > How to become an NRA certified Reloading Instructor

Welcome to HandloadersBench.com. You will receive a activation email with a link in it to activate your account. If you don't receive the email check your spam or junk folders. Email servers look at our email as spam. Our mission here is to provide a place for those interested in the hobby of Reloading Ammunition. We offer a series of forums where they can ask questions, share answers, and highlight successes & failures so that others can learn. If you join our site please be aware that front porch rules apply. If you wouldn't say it on your front porch with grandma, your pastor and your 12 year old niece present it doesn't belong here. The Golden Rule applies. If you can live within those guidelines, Welcome Aboard! Spammers, trolls, and flamers will not last long here, your time would be better spent looking for a board where those traits are acceptable. HB Administration

How to become an NRA certified Reloading Instructor
 Moderated by: Timberghozt, Rockydog, fryboy Page:    1  2  Next Page Last Page  
 New Topic   Reply   Printer Friendly 
 Rating:  Rating
AuthorPost
 Posted: Tue Nov 10th, 2009 11:57 PM
   PM  Quote  Reply 
1st Post
kscchtrainer
Full Member


Joined: Sun Jul 1st, 2007
Location: Park City (Wichita), Kansas USA
Posts: 248
Photo: 
Are you a handloader?: Yes
Favorite type of cartridge to load?: I load everything!
My favorite chambering is:: .223 Remington for rifle and .44 special for handgun
Status: 
Offline

  back to top

How to become an NRA Certified reloading instructor.

1:  You have to take the basic instructor course from an NRA Training Counselor (check their website for TC's in your area).

2:  You have to then take the Basic Metallic Cartridge Reloading course from that training counselor as well.

Alternately, if you already have your credentials as an NRA certified instructor in ANY discipline, be it Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun or whatever, you can then become certified as a Reloading instructor simply by ordering the Reloading Instructor training packet from the NRA and take the course by home study. 

You have to achieve at least 90 percent on the written test and the answer sheet needs to be sent to NRA training HQ along with the appropriate fees which vary according to how many disciplines you are certified in and whether you want to pay for 1, 2 or 3 years.

Since I was already a certified Pistol instructor, I was able to get mine by home study.  I've been reloading since 1976 and had been certified as an instructor 15 years ago but let it lapse so I had to get re-certified.  You can also get certified as a Range Safety Officer (RSO) through the home study method.  Same 90 percent requirement on the written test which they will grade at HQ.

Hope this helps some of you in other geographical areas to get certified and start teaching this subject as well.  For more information, the best bet is find an NRA Training Counselor in your area and ask him or her.

I'm sure there are lots of people wanting to learn to load their own ammo and are reluctant to try it without getting some instruction. 

Jim - kscchtrainer



____________________
Negotiating with Obama is like playing chess with a pigeon. The bird knocks over all the pieces, craps on the board and then struts around like it won the game!

NRA Life Member, Retired KS State Concealed Carry Instructor Retired NRA Reloading Inst


 Posted: Wed Nov 11th, 2009 12:15 AM
   PM  Quote  Reply 
2nd Post
Thecyberguy
Master Handloader


Joined: Sat Aug 1st, 2009
Location: In The Afternoon Shadow Of MTWashington, Maine USA
Posts: 4192
Photo: 
Are you a handloader?: Yes
Favorite type of cartridge to load?: I load everything!
My favorite chambering is:: The one in my hands at the that moment.
Status: 
Offline

  back to top

As a certified reloading instructor, how long is the typical course that you would teach for reloading?

Thanks for the info and have a good 'un, Guy



____________________
Support our troops....they are someone's kids.

Remember..."No matter where you go,~ there you are!"


 Posted: Wed Nov 11th, 2009 01:00 AM
   PM  Quote  Reply 
3rd Post
kscchtrainer
Full Member


Joined: Sun Jul 1st, 2007
Location: Park City (Wichita), Kansas USA
Posts: 248
Photo: 
Are you a handloader?: Yes
Favorite type of cartridge to load?: I load everything!
My favorite chambering is:: .223 Remington for rifle and .44 special for handgun
Status: 
Offline

  back to top

To teach it properly to the NRA's lesson plan it takes right around 8 hours.  They list it as an 8 hour course, and I find that with the volume of information that must be taught including the practical exercise it takes pretty doggone close to the 8 hours to teach it right. 

The course starts with safety instructions, goes through the firing process, cartridge components, the different types of primers, powder and bullets, proper storage of powder & primers some ballistics, how to interpret the ballistic tables, how to select the proper powder, primer & bullets for a given caliber and desired performance for that caliber from any reloading manual, what types of equipment are available, how to measure and dispense powder properly, the types of dies used in both pistol and rifle reloading plus a raft of other necessary information.  Lots of information crammed into those 8 hours and that's just "basic" reloading.  There's also a practical exercise in which each student gets to set up the equipment and actually load a couple of rounds of pistol and rifle ammunition.

I tell the students taking the course that it won't make expert reloaders out of them in 8 hours but it will give them the necessary skills to be safe beginners and give them the resources to continue to learn.

Hope I've answered your questions

Jim - kscchtrainer
Park City, KS


Last edited on Wed Nov 11th, 2009 01:03 AM by kscchtrainer



____________________
Negotiating with Obama is like playing chess with a pigeon. The bird knocks over all the pieces, craps on the board and then struts around like it won the game!

NRA Life Member, Retired KS State Concealed Carry Instructor Retired NRA Reloading Inst


 Posted: Wed Nov 11th, 2009 02:03 AM
   PM  Quote  Reply 
4th Post
Thecyberguy
Master Handloader


Joined: Sat Aug 1st, 2009
Location: In The Afternoon Shadow Of MTWashington, Maine USA
Posts: 4192
Photo: 
Are you a handloader?: Yes
Favorite type of cartridge to load?: I load everything!
My favorite chambering is:: The one in my hands at the that moment.
Status: 
Offline

  back to top

Jim, Yes, you answered it very well. Thank you, and have a good 'un, Guy



____________________
Support our troops....they are someone's kids.

Remember..."No matter where you go,~ there you are!"


 Posted: Thu Dec 10th, 2009 01:22 AM
   PM  Quote  Reply 
5th Post
Dragon88
Senior Member


Joined: Mon Dec 1st, 2008
Location: North Carolina USA
Posts: 1104
Photo: 
Are you a handloader?: Yes
Favorite type of cartridge to load?: rifle
My favorite chambering is:: 44 Magnum
Status: 
Offline

  back to top

I showed a friend how to use his new reloading equipment the other night and it was quite a lot of fun for both of us.  One question, on the website it lists the following requirements:

Candidates must possess and demonstrate a solid background in firearm safety and shooting skills acquired through previous firearm training and/or previous shooting experience. Instructor candidates must be intimately familiar with each action type in the discipline they wish to be certified.

Candidates will be required to demonstrate solid and safe firearms handling skills required to be successful during an instructor training course by completing pre-course questionnaires and assessment exercises administered by the NRA Appointed Training Counselor.

What paperwork or otherwise is required to demonstrate that first one? Would military service count toward this? Also what all is involved in the assessment exercises, is it shooting on the range or book study and tests?

This is definitely something I'll look into. Thanks for posting.

Dan



 Posted: Sat Dec 12th, 2009 02:33 PM
   PM  Quote  Reply 
6th Post
kscchtrainer
Full Member


Joined: Sun Jul 1st, 2007
Location: Park City (Wichita), Kansas USA
Posts: 248
Photo: 
Are you a handloader?: Yes
Favorite type of cartridge to load?: I load everything!
My favorite chambering is:: .223 Remington for rifle and .44 special for handgun
Status: 
Offline

  back to top

Dragon88 wrote: I showed a friend how to use his new reloading equipment the other night and it was quite a lot of fun for both of us.  One question, on the website it lists the following requirements:

Candidates must possess and demonstrate a solid background in firearm safety and shooting skills acquired through previous firearm training and/or previous shooting experience. Instructor candidates must be intimately familiar with each action type in the discipline they wish to be certified.

Candidates will be required to demonstrate solid and safe firearms handling skills required to be successful during an instructor training course by completing pre-course questionnaires and assessment exercises administered by the NRA Appointed Training Counselor.

What paperwork or otherwise is required to demonstrate that first one? Would military service count toward this? Also what all is involved in the assessment exercises, is it shooting on the range or book study and tests?

This is definitely something I'll look into. Thanks for posting.

Dan

That's info that the NRA has in ALL their instructor courses.  Not sure what they want.  Best bet is to get with an NRA training counselor, which you would need to do to get certified as an instructor in any case and see what's really needed. 

To become certified by the NRA to teach any "discipline", reloading included, you have to take the "instructor training course" from one of their training counselors.  Then all you have to do is take the course for whatever subject you wish to teach, Pistol, Rifle, Reloading etc. and pay the requisite fee for the credentials.

Sorry I was so slow in responding, but I was in the hospital getting a pacemaker implanted about the time you posted your question -  I'm out and in good shape now.


Jim

Last edited on Sat Dec 12th, 2009 02:36 PM by kscchtrainer



____________________
Negotiating with Obama is like playing chess with a pigeon. The bird knocks over all the pieces, craps on the board and then struts around like it won the game!

NRA Life Member, Retired KS State Concealed Carry Instructor Retired NRA Reloading Inst


 Posted: Sat Dec 12th, 2009 04:59 PM
   PM  Quote  Reply 
7th Post
Thecyberguy
Master Handloader


Joined: Sat Aug 1st, 2009
Location: In The Afternoon Shadow Of MTWashington, Maine USA
Posts: 4192
Photo: 
Are you a handloader?: Yes
Favorite type of cartridge to load?: I load everything!
My favorite chambering is:: The one in my hands at the that moment.
Status: 
Offline

  back to top

Hey Jim, Glad you are all right now. Take care and have a good 'un, Guy



____________________
Support our troops....they are someone's kids.

Remember..."No matter where you go,~ there you are!"


 Posted: Sat Jan 9th, 2010 01:33 AM
   PM  Quote  Reply 
8th Post
mauser98
Junior Member
 

Joined: Fri Jan 1st, 2010
Location:  
Posts: 9
Photo: 
Are you a handloader?: Yes
Favorite type of cartridge to load?: rifle
My favorite chambering is:: 308win ...
Status: 
Offline

  back to top

I too am a nra cert reloading teacher . i taught a few classes main;ly to church members lot of fun and lot of misnomers out there



 Posted: Sat Jan 9th, 2010 03:29 AM
   PM  Quote  Reply 
9th Post
swedeloader71
Junior Member
 

Joined: Fri Jan 8th, 2010
Location: Maine USA
Posts: 10
Photo: 
Are you a handloader?: Yes
Favorite type of cartridge to load?: rifle
My favorite chambering is:: 6.5x55
Status: 
Offline

  back to top

NRA Certified Rifle instructor here, want to get into other disciplines as well. Fortunately we have a TC in our local Hunt/Fish club so in not too distant future that should happen.



 Posted: Sat Jan 9th, 2010 11:47 PM
   PM  Quote  Reply 
10th Post
kscchtrainer
Full Member


Joined: Sun Jul 1st, 2007
Location: Park City (Wichita), Kansas USA
Posts: 248
Photo: 
Are you a handloader?: Yes
Favorite type of cartridge to load?: I load everything!
My favorite chambering is:: .223 Remington for rifle and .44 special for handgun
Status: 
Offline

  back to top

Swede,
Since you're already an NRA certified Rifle instructor, getting the Reloading Instructor is as easy as taking the course by self study at home.  Just order the course from the Training Materials department, read the book and take the exam.  The training department will grade it.  You gotta get 90 percent on it to pass but it's an open book test.  No brainer.  Pay the fees and in a bit over a month your credentials will be updated to add the reloading instructor to it.  You can do Range Safety Officer the same way if you like.


By the way, I just finished teaching a class a few minutes ago and one of the guys found out earlier this week by a Google search.  He found this site, read my post about the January classes for South Central KS and contacted me.  He drove about 100 miles to get here.

One other guy came from about 180 miles away. 

Thank you all for allowing me to post the availability of these classes.  The word IS getting out there.

I have another class scheduled for Sunday, the 17th of January which is a week from tomorrow.  There is still 1 slot available for that one.  See post in the other thread announcing the January classes.



Last edited on Sat Jan 9th, 2010 11:52 PM by kscchtrainer



____________________
Negotiating with Obama is like playing chess with a pigeon. The bird knocks over all the pieces, craps on the board and then struts around like it won the game!

NRA Life Member, Retired KS State Concealed Carry Instructor Retired NRA Reloading Inst


 Posted: Sat Feb 13th, 2010 01:10 AM
   PM  Quote  Reply 
11th Post
Savage99
Full Member
 

Joined: Wed Feb 10th, 2010
Location: Rio Linda, California USA
Posts: 81
Photo: 
Are you a handloader?: Yes
Favorite type of cartridge to load?: I load everything!
My favorite chambering is:: 44 Magnum
Status: 
Offline

  back to top

What is a "Hand loading Master" and what is necessary to get that?
No disrespect intended, just curious.



 Posted: Sat Feb 13th, 2010 04:18 AM
   PM  Quote  Reply 
12th Post
Rockydog



Joined: Tue Jul 26th, 2005
Location: 160 Miles SW Of The Frozen Tundra, Wisconsin USA
Posts: 15193
Photo: 
Are you a handloader?: Yes
Favorite type of cartridge to load?: I load everything!
My favorite chambering is:: 8mm Mauser
Status: 
Offline

  back to top

Savage99, Handloading Master is a site label that's applied to members who have reached a certain number of posts. A lot of guys on here have been posting here since the site was formed in February of 2005. Many came from an old site called Shooters that is defunct. There are also members from Shooters over on Baitshopboyz.com and Castboolits.gunloads.com. Some folks here belong to all three sites. Rockydog



____________________
“Those that beat their rifles into plow shares will plow for those who didn’t”. Jefferson

Light hunting rifles; Gravity is permanent, recoil is temporary.Your Choice


 Posted: Sat Feb 13th, 2010 04:37 AM
   PM  Quote  Reply 
13th Post
Savage99
Full Member
 

Joined: Wed Feb 10th, 2010
Location: Rio Linda, California USA
Posts: 81
Photo: 
Are you a handloader?: Yes
Favorite type of cartridge to load?: I load everything!
My favorite chambering is:: 44 Magnum
Status: 
Offline

  back to top

thanks for the info. I am a member of the "Cast Bullet Association" forum and the "Calgun.net" forums. These are all very informative sites that i like to go to. This one looks like it will be informative as well. Thank you again. I am always learning new stuff.



 Posted: Sat Feb 13th, 2010 04:40 AM
   PM  Quote  Reply 
14th Post
Savage99
Full Member
 

Joined: Wed Feb 10th, 2010
Location: Rio Linda, California USA
Posts: 81
Photo: 
Are you a handloader?: Yes
Favorite type of cartridge to load?: I load everything!
My favorite chambering is:: 44 Magnum
Status: 
Offline

  back to top

Is there anything close to the Sacramento area? I would be interested in these classes as well.



 Posted: Tue May 11th, 2010 02:58 PM
   PM  Quote  Reply 
15th Post
BPCR Bill
Full Member


Joined: Thu Jul 26th, 2007
Location: Battle Ground, Washington USA
Posts: 469
Photo: 
Are you a handloader?: Yes
Favorite type of cartridge to load?: I load everything!
My favorite chambering is:: 30-'06, 257 Ackley Improved, 6.5x55 Swede, 375 H&H
Status: 
Offline

  back to top

My local club has a Training Counselor on board, and a number of us are getting instructor certification in Basic Rifle and Pistol. The club is paying the costs of the classes as we will be teaching club members and running classes for the public for a fee. Out of all of the instructor candidates, I'm the only one who plans on going forward with Basic Metallic Cartridge Reloading, and once I have the other instructor certifications I will do the home study course on my own. I don't think there are alot of reloading instructors out there, since many clubs do not have reloading equipment to use in a classroom environment, and I believe instructors think it too much trouble to drag equipment in to do the practical portion of the class. I know that's something I'll have to do at my club, and that is going to limit class size.

Regards,
Bill

Last edited on Tue May 11th, 2010 03:00 PM by BPCR Bill



____________________
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Menken

NRA Endowment
US Navy Retired


 Posted: Sat Jan 1st, 2011 06:12 PM
   PM  Quote  Reply 
16th Post
gmikel1955
Junior Member


Joined: Sun Nov 28th, 2010
Location: Arizona USA
Posts: 13
Photo: [Download]
Are you a handloader?: Yes
Favorite type of cartridge to load?: I load everything!
My favorite chambering is:: 6ppc, 22-250
Status: 
Offline

  back to top

As a certified NRA instructor, I just completed this home study course and recieved my certificate in the mail the other day. It was pretty easy, although it helps when you have been reloading as long as I have, but most anyone who reloads could pass this course. 

The biggest obstacle is the liability insurance, as most of the insurance companies who will insure you to teach the NRA shooting courses will not insure you to teach reloading. The ones that will want a hefty up-charge for it.



____________________
NRA Pistol,PPITH,Metalic Reloading Instructor.
CCW Instructor & permit holder-Arizona.
NBRSA and former competitive Benchrest shooter.

Mike


 Posted: Sun Jan 2nd, 2011 04:05 AM
   PM  Quote  Reply 
17th Post
Aussie Mick



Joined: Fri Sep 18th, 2009
Location: Wodonga, Victoria, Australia
Posts: 1259
Photo: [Download]
Are you a handloader?: Yes
Favorite type of cartridge to load?: I load everything!
My favorite chambering is:: .308 Norma Magnum
Status: 
Offline

  back to top

Would you believe that there is no such course available in Australia... I am (as some you may know a Target shooter, and also in the Military) and 99.9% of reloading in Austraila is done by trial and error when first starting out.

I may be wrong (and I hope I am) but I am not aware of ANY certifiable courses available in reloading in Australia.


I would be very interested in bringing some of the course packages that have been mentioned to Australia.

kscchtrainer:- Do you know if this wouuld be practicle, of course powder names are different here etc....

I am pretty much a self taught reloader, and average about 20fps ES on most of my loads, both target and hunting, over a 5 round group. With so far 6.74fps being my closest ES for 5 rounds out of my .243 and 9.00 from my .308 target rifle.


Mick

(Edited for dyslexic fingers)

Last edited on Sun Jan 2nd, 2011 04:11 AM by Aussie Mick



____________________
Support Bacteria,for some people, thats all the culture they have.

Former Northern Territory Rifle Association, Councillor.
National Rifle Association of Australia.


 Posted: Tue Jan 4th, 2011 02:32 PM
   PM  Quote  Reply 
18th Post
-6
Super Moderator


Joined: Sat Jun 28th, 2008
Location: South Central, North Carolina USA
Posts: 10009
Photo: 
Are you a handloader?: Yes
Favorite type of cartridge to load?: I load everything!
My favorite chambering is:: '06
Status: 
Offline

  back to top

We usually have a reloading class at our gatherings and this spring we will have a "complete" class from tumbling to wiping the completed round off. Labels and book keeping will be shown also. If you are local to NC/SC then please come and share or learn. April's date has not been set but probably late in the month. Do not know if any helping are certified but they have been stuffing lead for quite awhile.



____________________
Lk 22:35-38-if you don't have a sword then sell your cloak and buy one.
Peace is that glorious moment in history
when everyone stands around -- reloading.
Crisis is the absence of preparation


 Posted: Sat Nov 26th, 2011 09:37 PM
   PM  Quote  Reply 
19th Post
GoldenClays
Probationary Member
 

Joined: Sat Nov 26th, 2011
Location: Ocala, Florida USA
Posts: 2
Photo: [Download]
Are you a handloader?: Yes
Favorite type of cartridge to load?: pistol
My favorite chambering is:: 0.38
Status: 
Offline

  back to top

I agree with Jim, that the course is listed as an 8 Hour Course. (I am also an NRA reloading Instructor). However, it has been my experience, that depending on the depth of reloading knowledge that the students possess prior to taking the class, it can go 10-11 hours or more. 8 hours is the Minimum. All things being equal, reloading is an exacting science, and must be done with the ultimate care, with total concentration. Speaking for myself, I want to feel completely comfortable with my students basic reloading abilities before I sign the certificate, and end the class. Hope you don't mind my jumping in.

Last edited on Sat Nov 26th, 2011 09:38 PM by GoldenClays



 Posted: Thu May 3rd, 2012 01:14 AM
   PM  Quote  Reply 
20th Post
kwidel
Full Member
 

Joined: Thu Apr 19th, 2012
Location: Chicago, Illinois USA
Posts: 405
Photo: 
Are you a handloader?: Yes
Favorite type of cartridge to load?: pistol
My favorite chambering is:: .44 magnum
Status: 
Offline

  back to top

just a quick question, i am new to reloading and have taken alot of time reading and asking questions before that ram moved the first time, but out of curiosity, what benefits are there to being NRA certified in anything? this is a serious question, i am not being a smart @$$. i am a new NRA member, and would like to achive all the credentials i can and help the NRA's cause in anyway, but not sure how i would put these certifications to use



____________________
the trials and oppositions you face in life make you the person you are. you can choose the easy path, or you can face the issues, and make yourself someone that will be admired by others


 Current time is 07:42 PMPage:    1  2  Next Page Last Page  
The Handloaders Bench > Metallic cartridge reloading > Learning to Handload? > How to become an NRA certified Reloading Instructor
Top




UltraBB 1.17 Copyright © 2007-2008 Data 1 Systems
Page processed in 0.2521 seconds (27% database + 73% PHP). 29 queries executed.