As an instructor I do the following when looking for an instructor. I want to ensure I am getting the most for my money while learning new and exciting techniques to try on the gun range.
Finding a firearms instructor may not be difficult but, finding that “right fit” between student and teacher may take a little research. Start by finding reputable shooting ranges, gun clubs or training facilities that specialize in subject material you are interested in learning. Read the descriptions of the classes and determine if that sounds like fun. Second, but most important is to read the instructor bio and look for reviews on the instructor. Contact the person(s) if you have questions.
You really want to know the following questions from the bio:
1.) Does the instructor teach the class I want?
2.) Does the instructor have the certifications and credentials to teach the level of instruction?
3.) Is the instructor’s certifications and credentials up to date?
4.) Is the material being taught current, is it in line with industrial training standards in both safety and education?
If yes applies to these questions then the next question would be, “can the instructor prove it?” Instructor certifications and credentials are extremely expensive and very hard to come by. People who have instructor and master level firearms instructor certifications have earned them through testing and application. Not only are they certified in the subject material but, they are also certified to teach it. This really puts me at easy when I am spending my hard earned money. Set up an appointment and visit the instructor. Arrive early and look for the “I LOVE ME WALL”. By that I mean, look for their certifications, credentials and awards that are being displayed. The instructors will want you to see them and you should, after all you want the best instruction for your money. The “I love me wall” gives validity to the instructor training and abilities in the subject material. Ask questions and be nosey. This will help you to better understand where your instructor is coming from in his teaching approach, method and style.
The last thing to consider during your interview of the instructor is to determine, “are you and instructor compatible in a learning environment?” Instructors are trained to vary training styles and patterns to accommodate the way each student learns. Was it effective? Sometimes it just boils down to, “can this person teach me, is it going to be fun and would I recommend this experience to another student?”
After your training, report on your experience by placing reviews on various social media to help the next student in finding the right instructor.