Coach Education

We offer coach education classes, including Levels 1 and 3 NRA Coach certifications. NRA Level 1 coaches are certified to coach beginning and intermediate athletes. Level 3 coaches are recognized by the NRA to train advanced athletes and are eligible to work at the national level in junior shooting camps and other national shooting programs. Level 3 applicants must demonstrate coaching proficiency through athlete success before taking the course. We offer additional coaching training and education upon request.

In addition to coaching certifications, coaches have the opportunity to train as a Range Safety Officer (RSO). The become an NRA RSO, candidates must pass the RSO course and demonstrate they possess the knowledge, skills and attitude essential to organizing, conducting, and supervising safe shooting and range operations.

About NRA Coaching levels (according to

Level 1 Coach

The Coach (Level 1) is the entry level for all NRA coaches and is trained to coach beginning and intermediate shooters. The Level 1 coach candidate must be at least 18 years old and successfully complete the discipline-specific Level 1 Coach School. The Level 1 Coach is trained to coach beginning and intermediate shooting athletes in a two-day school consisting of both classroom instruction and on-the-range practical coaching exercises. Those desiring to attain a Level 2 or Level 3 Coach credential must become a Level 1 Coach and complete specific additional training.

Level 2 Coach

The Certified Coach (Level 2) is certified by the NRA and its coach education partners that, in the opinion of the NRA, and based on the evidence, the candidate meets the additional education and experience requirements that have been established for certification. The Certified Coach is recognized to coach at the national level.

Level 3 Coach

Advanced Certified Coach (Level 3) is the highest level coach certified by the NRA and its coach education partners. The coach has received advanced training and meets the highest requirements that the NRA and its coach education partners have established for certification. The Advanced Certified Coach (Level 3) is recognized to coach advanced athletes and is eligible to work at the international level in Junior Olympic Shooting Camps and other USA Shooting sponsored international shooting programs.

About RSO Training (according to

The NRA Range Safety Officer (RSO) program was developed in response to the demand for a nationally recognized range safety officer certification. The RSO course content consists of:

  • RSO’s roles and responsibilities
  • Range standard operating procedures
  • Range inspection and range rules
  • Firearm stoppages and malfunctions
  • Range safety briefings, including procedures to follow in the case of an emergency.

RSOs who have successfully completed the course then have the ability to become a Chief Range Safety Officer – someone essential to the training and supervising of NRA Range Safety Officers and developing range standard operating procedures.

The RSO course does not encompass the functions and responsibilities of a Range Officer, who conducts NRA competitive shooting events as defined by Rule 11.5 of the NRA Rule Books.

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