TWAW/NRA Instructor Course – 3 Days

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(6 customer reviews)


Finally, an instructor course designed for women!  As more American women choose to exercise their right to own a firearm, so too grows the need for qualified women instructors to train them as only a woman can. Join our team of female instructors that are changing the way women are trained and changing the industry!!

Duration: 3- Days

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Finally, an instructor course designed for women!  As more American women choose to exercise their right to own a firearm, so too grows the need for qualified women instructors to train them as only a woman can. Join our team of female instructors that are changing the way women are trained and changing the industry!!

The Well Armed Woman recognizes that women are different! We think differently, we communicate differently, our bodies are very different and we live out our lives as gun owners differently. These differences are best addressed in firearms training designed for women and taught by women. You can be the vital element in meeting this need by becoming a The Well Armed Woman and NRA Certified Instructor.

Our 3-day Instructor Development Workshop will provide you with The Well Armed Woman Instructor Certification and NRA Pistol Instructor and  Home Firearm Safety Instructor certifications. This course is available to women shooters able to show mastery of the basic skills of safe gun handling and a passion to teach women.

We believe these certifications along with our woman specific curriculum will provide you with the skills and training necessary to comprehensively usher women into a safe and proficient life of firearm ownership and self-protection.

As a graduate, you are eligible to become part of The Well Armed Woman’s network of Certified Instructors and receive the unmatched support and resources you need to build your training business. As such, The Well Armed Woman will promote you and your business as an instructor and work with you as you grow. Each graduate will also receive a listing on The Well Armed Woman Instructor listing page for 1 yr. as well as the ability to attend higher level training and certifications. As an NRA Certified Instructor, you will be able to freely teach NRA programs available with your Pistol Certification, independently anywhere in the country.

Course fees are transferable but non-refundable

Required Equipment

  • Handgun (in a case or strong side hip holster)
  • Magazines or speedloaders for handgun (at least 2)
  • Owner’s Manual for handgun (optional)
  • Ammunition for handgun (at least 2 boxes of 50 rounds)
  • Eye and Ear protection (prescription glasses are okay)
  • Lunch (Snack bar is on premises)
  • Old bath towel or pad (to sit on)


  • Applicant must be a woman at least 21 years of age
  • Instructor Candidate must have completed Basics Of Pistol Shooting Instructor Led Training Course BOPS ILT prior to this course
  • Proof of good character…whereas the applicant: has not been convicted of a felony; has not been convicted of any crime of violence; has not been convicted of any offense involving domestic violence; has not been adjudicated by a court of a state or of the United States as mentally incompetent, unless the adjudication has been withdrawn or reversed
  • This class is for experienced shooters with the aptitude, knowledge, skills, and attitude it requires to become a successful The Well Armed Woman/NRA certified pistol and Home Firearm Safety Instructor. Candidates must possess and demonstrate a solid background in firearm safety and shooting skills acquired through previous firearm training and/or previous shooting experience.
  • Applicant must be able to present themselves professionally, both in appearance and in action. This is not a course to simply improve and build on your skills and knowledge, it is designed to get women instructors out in the field actively teaching women. Applicant must desire to do what it takes to begin teaching as soon as possible.

Pistol Instructor Training

Students will be trained and receive NRA official certification to teach in the classroom and on the range to effectively instruct shooters in the firearm basics of revolvers and semi-automatic pistols, safe gun handling; pistol parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting positions; cleaning the pistol; and continued opportunities for skill development. This course will develop you as an NRA instructor, who possesses the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to conduct the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course.

Home Firearm Safety Instructor Training

Instructor Candidates will demonstrate organizational and teaching skills via participation in practical exercises during the course, and complete an instructor certification examination. Students will receive the NRA Trainer’s Guide, NRA HFS Instructor Candidate Packet (includes lesson plans for the course you are preparing to teach), and NRA HFS student packet.

Women Teaching Women

Students will learn what women need to know and how as an instructor, to respond to their fears and misunderstandings of firearms. Students will learn how to help them avoid some of the common “bad habits” women tend to have along with techniques that are effective with women students. Students will be prepared to respond to issues that are important  to women, such as:

  • Firearms and children
  • Holstering for concealed carry
  • Safe storage


What some of our graduates think:

Natalie TN

“The value of the TWAW instructor training was really brought home to me this past weekend, after running some permit courses with a male senior instructor. Being a woman myself is not enough, because we don’t all react in the same way. But my TWAW training helped me recognize the difference between fear and reluctance, and between ignorance and lack of ability. A few ladies were dismissed by the male instructor as “problems” who “didn’t want to be there anyway”. But when I stepped in with coaching, patience, and reassurance, they walked out proud, more confident, and with a comfortable PASS. When I addressed their questions and concerns instead of simply repeating my instructions, they gained the knowledge they needed to understand the coaching. I was so grateful to have these tools, and to Carrie for putting together for us. We need them – and men need them too – because women deserve to be understood and encouraged to become confident and powerful, so they can maintain safety in their environment.”

Julie, FL

” Not only did the training prepare me to be a good instructor and gain confidence in my self, but it also focused on ways to help women learn and feel comfortable.”  

Nancy, TX

“This was a great learning experience! Having this support network of ladies who not only inspire and challenge you, but also genuinely care about you and helping your achieve great things is incredible.”  

Cynthia, CO

“First, the training was with women exclusively, so we learned in an all woman environment, allowing us to learn from each other. Second, Carrie’s segments broke down the actual reasons women learn differently and exactly how to approach them on a new subject and what to expect”  

Becky , KS

“Because of Mike and Carrie and this class, I will be a better, more patient and more understanding instructor. I thank you so much for that and my students will learn more because of my experiences this weekend.”   

Mary, CO

 “This course far exceeded my expectations, which were very high! When asked if I felt it was worth the time and effort I can only say, If you have the desire and the opportunity do not hesitate to take this class!”  

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FULL -Feb 9, 2018 – Gunsite Academy, Paulden, AZ, Aug 10-12, 2018 – Gunsite Academy, Paulden AZ, More Dates Coming Soon

Reviews (6)

6 reviews for TWAW/NRA Instructor Course – 3 Days

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tanie McKinzie

    Carrie Lightfoot is a phenomenal trainer.
    I put what I learned into motion 2 days later with my cousin who is getting g her CCW. She had her brand new firearm and had not fired a round through it. You think you know what it takes to teach a woman, think again… YOU NEED THIS COURSE!
    My confidence grows with every class.
    Thank you Carrie for all you do and how far you go to make each of us a success story.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jan Marie

    If you have even the slightest interest in helping others learn to protect themselves, prepare to be transformed and have your passion ignited! The TWAW 3-day training will push you to your limits, and beyond, and you will be grateful. You will gain new friends, new skills and purpose. For TWAW Chapter Leaders, the training and the experience is truly without compare and will serve you well with your responsibilities and also, should you choose to go into the firearms training business. This isn’t about learning to use firearms, it’s about learning to instruct, mentor, encourage and to educate, equip and empower.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Shelia Rosario

    Loved the three days of TWAW training with Carrie Lightfoot and Mike Abramovich. This was the beginning of my introduction to instructing and becoming a leader. It was the foundation of my time with the NRA and TWAW and has taken me to new heights I never knew I could achieve. I’m still in touch with women in my group. It solidified my friendship and mentorship with both Carrie and Mike. They set the bar high and I strive to set that same bar with my classes.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    I took this course after an attempted home invasion and it has literally changed my life! Geared towards women, which made my jump into the firearms world so much better! I have friends for life that I met during this weekend and a new skill set that I did not have before! So glad that I did not back out! One of the best experiences of my life!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Connie Cline

    Taking this TWAW 3 day training was very empowering. It was intense at times, extremely informative and fun. Building new bonds and friendships with the other women attending, Carrie and Brian was a special bonus.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5


    This course literally changed my life! Not only did I learn and increase my confidence, it started me down a path to help women change their lives. I met women that will be friends for life. If you have the chance to attend this course, do it. It is amazing!

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