N.A.P.S.I. Instructor Development

Are you ready to become more than just a basic shooting instructor? Are you ready to begin the journey of becoming a true professional? To become a trainer
that doesn't just have a certificate hanging on the wall, but one that is actually qualified to teach the safe and efficient use of firearms from the context of selfdefense? If you enthusiastically answered "YES!" to the questions above, then the NAPSI Instructor Development Workshop may be right for you! Through hard work and dedication, you can become a professional trainer who is actually qualified to teach the defensive use of firearms! The NAPSI Approved Trainer is
the face of the NAPSI Training Program. They are the delivery system for NAPSI
coursework. They are the physical link between the end user and high-quality
training. They provide a potentially lifesaving service to their students, their
student's families, and even the people of their communities. As such, a lot of
responsibility rests on their shoulders.

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Becoming a NAPSI Approved Trainer

NAPSI prides itself on providing the most comprehensive Instructor Development
Program of any national training organization in the country. Our focus is on
developing professional trainers who can actually TEACH, and teach well! We're
not in the business of simply certifying mere shooters who are then sent out in the
field with a lesson plan and a PowerPoint presentation and left to figure it out on
their own. Obtaining an Approved Coach/Instructor rating from NAPSI is not an
easy task. We have high standards in place because we only want the best of the
best representing our organization. Just showing up and paying the enrollment fee
does not guarantee your success. Every interested candidate is required to
successfully complete an application and interview process, in addition to
satisfactorily completing the appropriate end-user course before they are allowed
to attend the NAPSI Instructor Development Workshop. Once successful
applicants are given access to the Instructor Development Workshop, they will be
under constant subjective evaluation by our team of Senior Instructor Trainers.
NAPSI Approved Trainers will have to be able to TEACH at a professional level!

You will have to put in the work and strive to perform at a high level in order to
make the cut! NAPSI Approved Trainers not only have to be able to teach
practical information to an extremely high standard, but they have to be
exceptional in their shooting and gun-handling skills as well. Instructor candidates
who successfully make it through the application and interview process must
complete a rigorous live-fire qualification as well as a subjective skills evaluation,
and must earn a passing grade on each, in order to be eligible for NAPSI approval.
Non-shooters and armchair instructors need not apply! Successful candidates will
enjoy access to some of the most up-to-date defensive firearms-related coursework
available anywhere in the country in addition to unrivaled support and mentorship
from the NAPSI team. And all NAPSI coursework has been developed specifically
in the context of the DEFENSIVE use of firearms, rather than from the context of
recreational or bulls eye shooting.

The NAPSI Instructor Development Program

The NAPSI Instructor Development Workshop consists of two parts and takes four
full days to complete. Days 1 & 2 are used covering our Instructional Methods and
Procedures (NAPSI IMP) coursework. In this comprehensive, interactive two-day
class, you will learn how we expect you to conduct yourself as a NAPSI Approved
Trainer, how we expect you to interact with students and peers, where we will
outline our high standards of training and show you the instructional methods we
expect you to use when you deliver NAPSI coursework to your students. We cover
a variety of topics, including:

  • NAPSI Trainer Ethics
  • Interacting With Students
  • Interacting With Other Trainers
  • NAPSI Standard of Curriculum
  • NAPSI Training Standards
  • Maintaining High Standards in Training
  • NAPSI Policies and Procedures
  • Roles and Responsibilities of a Professional Trainer
  • Range Operation/Management and Standard Operating Procedure
  • NAPSI Methods of Instruction
  • The Function of Training
  • Adult Learning Principles
  • Skill Development Concepts
  • Alternative Teaching Theories and Principles
  • Learning Skills In Context
  • Evaluation of Student Performance
  • NAPSI Course Organization
  • Strategies For Successful Marketing and Promotion
  • Operating a Successful Training Business
  • And much more!

During days 3 & 4, we cover the discipline-specific Instructor Development
Coursework. This is the where we teach you how to teach the NAPSI coursework
(FDP, BDSS, and EDP) to the end user. This consists of numerous instructional
sessions and candidate-lead "teach backs" for most of day one, and then the opportunity for the Instructor Candidates to teach the specific coursework from start to finish on day two. In addition to the IMP and discipline-specific coursework, Instructor Candidates will also have to successfully pass a live-fire qualification course and a skills application test, in addition to completing and
passing 2 written tests with a score of at least 90% during the 4 days of class.
Prerequisites And Fees
The cost of enrollment in the NAPSI Instructor Development Workshop for 2018 is $500, plus any applicable range fees. All applicants are required to submit:

1. A completed NAPSI Trainer's Application

2. A brief training resume/bio

3. At least three letters of character reference.

These can be from anyone who
knows you and can vouch for your trustworthiness and
professionalism. These references will need to be verifiable!
Candidate interviews are scheduled once the NAPSI Training Department has
received all of the required information and completed documents. Candidate
interviews are conducted via telephone conference with the applicant and two of
the NAPSI Senior Instructor Trainers. Once the interview process is completed,
candidates are contacted within 7 days to inform them whether or not they have
been approved to attend the NAPSI Instructor Development Workshop. Once a
candidate is given approval, the enrollment fee of $500 is due at that
time. Payment instructions/options are given to the candidate at that time.
The Official "N.A.P.S.I. Approved Trainer" Logo

  • The American Flag represents both a great pride in our country and
    highlights the fact that N.A.P.S.I. is a national organization.
  • The shape of the shield represents both honor and protection - two necessary
    attributes in a professional trainer.
  • The image of the book represents the importance N.A.P.S.I. places on a high
    level of knowledge.

  • The scales represent the N.A.P.S.I. commitment to a high level of
    professional integrity and trust.
  • The Knight's Helmet symbolizes strength. Not only physical strength, but
    also our strength as an organization.
  • The compass represents our belief in a strong set of morals in addition to the
    high ethical standards we have promised to hold ourselves, and each other,

Are your ready to find out if you have what it takes to earn it?