Instructor Development Course
Since early 2013, there have been roughly 3200+ newly certified handgun instructors in the State of Illinois. A vast majority of these instructors are very new to teaching.
The National Rifle Association’s pistol instructor certification course does a good job teaching the would-be instructors the fundamentals of how to teach in the classroom. GSL Defense Training’s instructor development course will teach instructors who are seeking to improve their skills how to better teach on the range.
The course material will be geared at making better instructors for the Illinois Concealed Carry and NRA handgun classes, although much of the material will be beneficial to law-enforcement instructors as well.
This course will be held in conjunction with an Illinois Concealed Carry 8-hour “make up” course for those with prior military service or training credits for the first 8- of the 16-hours required by Illinois law to apply for a concealed carry permit. These students will bring all of the commonly seen issues and will serve as the “students” for instructors to employ their newly learned or refined abilities and skills. The “student” registrants will receive one-on-one (or maybe even two-on-one) instruction to maximize their learning of the practical aspects of pistol shooting while the instructor registrants employ what we’ve taught.
While the “student” registrants are receiving the GSL Defense Training initial lecture and legal lectures, the “instructor” registrants will be in another classroom covering a number of topics in the classroom, including:
- How to make a safe range
- Efficient range set-up
- Dressing for success
- Medical plans and procedures
- Range commands
- Range “rules”
- Calling the line
- Staffing requirements
- Squirrel identification and interaction
- Fundamentals of diplomatic communication
- Gun selection issues
- Gear selection issues
- Ammo selection issues
- Fundamentals of Marksmanship
- Trigger manipulation
- Fundamentals of the draw stroke
- Teaching double-action revolvers
- Teaching double-action semi-autos
- Teaching striker-fired semi-autos
- Cross-dominance issues
- Accommodating those with disabilities (including visual disabilities)
- Overcoming fears of guns
- Overcoming equipment issues
We’ll also have an extensive segment on successfully teaching women.
- Communication differences with teaching women
- Sensory differences
- Demonstrating spatial relationships
- Verbal skills with women
- Four levels of awareness
- Modifying stances as needed
- Making sure the gun “fits”
- Positive reinforcement and gentle correction
Following discussions on these topics, the instructor registrants will team up with the student registrants to begin to apply some of these newly learned skills.
After lunch, we will conduct the live-fire portion of the class, breaking for another lecture.
Course date: We’ll likely bring this course back again in 2017.
Tuition for instructor registrants: $175. Register today.
Tuition for “student” registrants for this date is $50… a screaming bargain and then some in exchange for them allowing us to use them as guinea pigs for the instructor registrants. Student registrations are open, meaning those seeking practice and review of the legal lectures may enroll, as may first-time shooters without previous training. Those lacking the state-approved training hour credits for the first eight hours will not receive a certification of completion.
Registration includes lunch, course materials and range fees for both instructor and student registrants.
Instructors should bring eyes and ears, and if you have them, a plastic training gun (such as one of these) and suitable holster.