Become a Training Counselor


Our comprehensive Training Counselor Development Workshops train experienced instructors how to become facilitators and to teach experienced shooters how to teach firearm safety and shooting skills to others, using the NRA instructional methodologies and training materials. Successful candidates will ultimately be certified as NRA Training Counselors, authorized to train instructors in those disciplines in which they are certified to teach as an NRA Instructor. To apply for a Training Counselor Development Workshop, please follow the directions below:

  1. Download an application. You may either sign the application with an electronic signature or put your initials in place of your signature. Once you have filled out the application, you may send it in an email to, or print it and mail it to:

    NRA - Training Dept.
    11250 Waples Mill Rd.
    Fairfax, VA 22030

    Applications are processed in the order they are received and may take a few days to process your eligibility.
  2. Once processed, you will receive a confirmation email stating your eligibility to attend. This email does not confirm that you are registered for any particular TCDW.
  3. Payment in full is required to reserve your seat. (DO NOT send payment with your initial application; payments are submitted once you have been approved to attend a workshop.)
  4. Send the reference guidelines to three individuals who will be writing a letter of recommendation on your behalf. (You will need to bring these letters to the workshop; do not send them in prior to the workshop.)