“You guys taking applications for staff?
I’d love to help you guys!”
At GSL Defense Training, our mission is training. We love to help people empower themselves.
We train new shooters in the fundamentals of safe and effective handgun use as well as helping experienced shooters to shoot better, with solid fundamentals and less wasted movement.
We also train the trainers, both in our Instructor Development Course as well as with our open invitation to new instructors to come out and intern with us.
GSL Defense Training Internships.
GSL Defense Training has an open door to NRA-certified instructors (holding Basic Pistol or other pistol-related certifications), and doubly so for newly-minted instructors.
You may join us at any time to “audit” our classes and help out on the line, to see first-hand how a successful NRA course is run and the dynamics behind the scenes. While you can’t steal our physical materials, we expect you to learn and steal our techniques which will make you a better instructor.
This is irrespective of your desire to teach with us or teach on your own – even as “competition” to our classes.
It’s also the first step in the process to join GSL Defense Training’s team of instructors, but more on that in a minute.
What you need to come teach with us:
1. Call ahead or email and let us know you would like to come out and help out. We’ll buy your lunch or if, for some reason it’s a bad class in terms of logistics, we may suggest a better class date to attend (this doesn’t happen very often).
2. Wear a red shirt. Polo or Oxford. Wal-mart has red polos and oxfords for $12-15. Red is the universal color of range officers world-wide. We want to be able to identify you at a glance – and make you easily visible to students as well.
3. If you have a holster and a training gun (plastic), bring them. The training gun will help as you’re explaining and demonstrating concepts one-on-one with students.
4. Eyes and ears, of course. You probably won’t have time to shoot recreationally, but it’s been known to happen. Bring your pistol and gear. Bring everything unloaded. You will not be allowed to carry a hot firearm, concealed or otherwise. NRA says “no ammunition in the classroom” and we enforce it – even for our Illinois CCW classes – until we draw for door prizes following the conclusion of the 16-hour class.
5. As an intern, you won’t be called upon to lecture or give demonstrations to the group as a whole, but your mission will be to teach one-on-one with the students on the line or if they have questions between lectures. Of course, safety is always job #1.
6. We encourage you to come early, say 8:30a.m., so you’re there plenty early for class introductions. Stay as long as you like… one day or two. Again, we’ll feed you as our thank you for coming out and helping.
7. We’ll need to see a copy of your training credentials or your successful completion of NRA Instructor training paperwork if you’re really new.
Joining the GSL Defense Training Team.
Prospective instructors seeking to join our team of instructors are required to come out and intern with us for at least one or two entire classes if we already know you and more if we haven’t met you yet, learning the ropes of how we operate and showing us you have the knowledge, skills, attitudes and abilities to coach students on the firing line, which is obviously one of the most important aspects of what we do. Sure, there is a lot of classroom material in our classes, but the individualized, high-quality attention we show to our shooters – done so in a supportive manner which reinforces the positives and gently corrects mistakes – is a big part of what separates us from the rest of the field in beginner and intermediate-level firearm training in Illinois.
We’ll be watching for you to be proactive with the students, nurturing their skill development, as well as your personality and interaction with our existing team of instructors and support staff. If you have unique skills and abilities outside of good teaching skills, that’s always a good selling point to join us. You don’t have to have a wall full of certifications or a law degree to join our team, but it helps. Better than all of those is an ability to communicate with men and women alike, and to make the most nervous students feel at ease and increasingly confident with the new skills you’ve helped them learn and refine.
If you do well with students, and get along equally well with our staff, we may invite you to join the team. You’re not going to get rich – none of us do as we have twenty-four instructors at the moment and room for one or two more at most. We are, however, wealthy beyond measure though in our friendships and loyal following of alumni, and in the knowledge that what we are doing will save a handful of our students from becoming victims of violent crime – perhaps even owing their lives to our training.
Currently, we have a few openings. We’re not in a hurry to fill them. It took us 15 years to grow from three to two dozen instructors.
We turn down at least four or five “applicants” for every one we accept. Some are too inexperienced. Others, while experienced and good to very good instructors just weren’t a “fit”. Candidly, our team members are, by our own admission, just a little different.
As we mentioned at the top, we love to help people empower themselves and we make it enjoyable while having fun ourselves.
Are you one of these top-notch instructors, motivated by a love of teaching?
Come out and meet us. Express your interest and we’ll go from there.
Are you great with people and share our passion for helping people empower themselves, but for one reason or another don’t want to be a firearm instructor? Do you have a smile that comes easily and a cheerful and sunny disposition?
If so, someday we might again have an opening for GSL Defense Training “STAFF”. This is a support role, helping us with paperwork and registrations, assisting students who need course materials, or are wishing to purchase t-shirts and other gear. Staff also handle testing and with some set up and tear down in the classroom. Basically, it frees up the instructors to devote themselves to teaching the art of the self-defense pistol.
Interested? Come out and intern with us and get to know all of us better. It’ll be fun.