Kathy Jackson of Cornered Cat and IDJ:
From elsewhere, in response to sumdood asking what certifications he “needed” to have in order to teach home defense and gun safety:
At the heart, a “home defense” instructor asks (and even expects) people to bet their lives and the lives of their loved ones on the quality of the instructor’s information and the instructor’s ability to impart that information to them in a meaningful way.
If that thought doesn’t scare you down to your toenails, it’s not the job for you no matter what classes you’ve attended or what certifications you have. If it sounds silly or overstated or like anything other than the bare truth … same thing.
If that sobering thought does give you some hesitation, you won’t ever again ask how little education you can get away with having. Instead, you’ll start asking how much you can absorb, and of what quality.
IDJ member Dann Sternsher of G4 Personal Safety:
I’m a GREAT instructor! (tongue firmly planted in cheek)… I am now in my third decade of teaching and training folks and kids with firearms… pistols, rifles, shotguns. I’m highly recommended by former students, my post-course evaluations are always excellent, women in particular find my instruction on-target for them and regularly recommend me, I have books full of certifications from the NRA, 4H Shooting Sports, firearm training entities, and from my days in law enforcement… I’m even an NRA appointed Training Counselor who can train other instructors. So I wouldn’t recommend me…
Bob Mayne of the Handgun World Podcast:
There seems to be a lot of people who want to be instructors, but not enough who want to take classes. So, if you want to be a firearms instructor I think you will like this episode…
Instructy stuff starts around 19:30 and covers what we should know in order to teach different levels of students as well as business & marketing.
Marc MacYoung of No Nonsense Self Defense:
I am often asked that question. Can someone who hasn’t spent years fighting teach you anything about self-defense?
Well aside from the first glaring error that fighting is not self-defense, the answer is “It depends.” It depends on something very specific. Below is my answer to someone who asked this very question.
The answer lies in the information, not necessarily the teacher…
Continue reading Can you teach self-defense if you ‘haven’t been there?’ at Conflict Resource Group International (highly recommended)