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newly credentialed!

April 18th, 2009 (09:26 pm)

My NRA instructor credentials came today! I am now officially certified to teach Basic Pistol, Basic Rifle, and Home Firearm Safety. Personal Protection in the Home should show up in the next month or two. I'm already an RSO.

Next step: starting to teach. My first class probably won't be for a little while, because I need to get some ducks in a row, but it's exciting to have this starting up for real.

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Posted by: Aiglet (aiglet)
Posted at: April 19th, 2009 01:51 pm (UTC)

Now I'm sad that I'm pretty sure you don't live anywhere near me -- I'm going to spend part of my "mad money" refund on a nice .22 and I'm going to want to take some classes.

(I know enough not to hurt myself or anyone else with the guns we've already got, but I like classes.)

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: April 19th, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)

I have no idea where you live, but I'm guessing it's not in Florida!

Posted by: trebor1415 (trebor1415)
Posted at: April 19th, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)

The best advice I can give a new instructor is:

"Always get a deposit."

If you do NOT get a deposit, the student will NOT show up, (almost always).

If you DO get a deposit, the student WILL show up, (almost always).

Even if you are doing a "free" or heavily discounted class for some reason, require advance registration and at least a token $5 or $10 "materials fee" to be paid in advance. That's the only way to get an accurate head count for those types of events.

For a regular class, tell students "I only reserve your seat with a paid deposit," and then stick to that. It will save you plenty of hassle down the line.

The only time I'll make an exception is if someone contacts me for a class the night before I'm holding a class. In that case, assuming I already had the minimum number of students and can fit in one more, I'll let them pay on the class date.

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