Coach Training Schools

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The coach school is the heart of the coach education program. The instructors use up-to-date materials and PowerPoint presentations to present the discipline-specific coach course.

The registration fee includes a copy of the discipline-specific coach school student study guide and other materials to help you with the details of coaching. Participants complete an open-book test as homework during the first evening of the course. The test is graded in class, reviewed for understanding, and then submitted to the NRA by the school instructor for credential processing. Upon successful completion of the coach school you will be a Coach (Level 1) (or Youth Trainer if under 18 years old) in that discipline. Once approved, coaches may print their coach certificate and wallet card for their use.

What is taught in the school?

The Level 1 coach school is two days of sports-specific lessons and practical coaching exercises designed to teach the coach candidate the basics of coaching beginning and intermediate shooters. The following general subjects are taught:

  • Introduction to the Coaching Program
  • Safety and Risk Management
  • Competition Events
  • Rulebook use and shooting etiquette
  • Equipment and Facilities
  • Fundamentals of Shooting
  • Coaching Ethics
  • Coaching Methodology
  • Mental Training
  • Training Planning
  • Building Quality Programs
  • How To Conduct Tournaments

Credential Period and Fee

All ratings an NRA Trainer (Coach, Instructor, Training Counselor, or Range Safety Officer) holds have the same expiration date. If a new Coach already holds other NRA Trainer ratings, the Coach expiration date will be the one already established. If the new Coach holds no other NRA Trainer ratings, the credential period will be two years, and that will establish the expiration date for any other NRA Trainer ratings subsequently acquired.

The initial Coach rating fee is included in the Coach School registration fee.

Who teaches the coach school?

The NRA Coach Schools are taught by National Coach Development Staff who are Certified Coaches that have been carefully selected, based on their talents and expertise in the areas of sports, education, coaching, and shooting. In addition, these coach school instructors have attended special training on how to conduct informative and enjoyable schools.

How can I sponsor a school in my area?

The NRA is accepting requests to sponsor smallbore and air rifle, pistol, shotgun and high power rifle coach schools. For information on how you or your organization can sponsor one of these events, click here for a Sponsor's Guide. For a coach school application, click here. For questions about the Coach Education Program, email

The Coach Education Program
National Rifle Association
11250 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, VA 22030