How Our Instructors Compare
Please understand: this comparison is in no way an attempt to detract from the fine training programs offered by the NRA and the CMP. We simply want to point out how much more it takes to become a trained RWVA-certified instructor.
Occasionally, as we schedule events, we're told we must have an NRA Certified Instructor on site during the event. Many RWVA instructors are also NRA- and CMP-Certified instructors, but RWVA instructor qualifications go far beyond any requirements of the NRA or CMP. If range owners and other potential Appleseed hosts fully understand the extent of our training, they will start requiring RWVA-Certified instructors on-site.
In other words, RWVA is 'setting the pace' when it comes to training and certifying rifle marksmanship instructors. A comparison will quickly show how and why we can say that.
NRA Instructor requirements:
Citizen Marksmanship Program (CMP)
RWVA Instructor Requirements:
Two paths possible
Path #1 Rifleman Boot Camp or Instructor Camp.
Path #2 The Appleseed Trail
Participants who complete the above may instruct at an Appleseed event under the supervision of a Full Instructor or higher.
What's the major difference?
Unlike both the NRA and the CMP, our first requirement for a potential instructor is that he be able to do what he is going to teach - in other words, he has to be able to shoot an "Expert" score with a rifle on the Army Qualification Test (AQT). Our second requirement, once a new instructor completes the basics is we require our instructors to go out and instruct hundreds of students under the tutelage of an experienced instructor and gain valuable "hands on" experience - all the while he is being evaluated via IEF (Instructor Evaluation Form) to see that he measures up to our high standards. When a guy with an "NRA certificate" shows up to instruct at a range, he may never have instructed - but you can bet an RWVA instructor has a lot of miles of experience under his belt - this cannot be emphasized enough. The tremendous amount of "hands-on" training every RWVA instructor receives makes for an excellence hard to find elsewhere. Where an NRA certificate in effect stops - with the issuance of a certificate - is where an RWVA instructor really BEGINS his training...
It's a process that produces, not just trained and paper-tested instructors, but trained, line-tested, and experienced instructors
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