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.
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…
Listen to episode at Handgun World
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.
Ralph Mroz of The Street Standards:
Read this excellent post today (referred to me by by Greg Ellifritz, talking about a point from Tom Givins’ instructor development course). It addresses the question of what credednials a proper instructor should have, other than being certified by some organization and/or having been behind a gun for X years. Hard to disagree with anything in it. But it raises the question: What constitutes “experience” in a civilian context? I posed the question to both Tom and Greg. Here’s our exchange…
I see two basic versions of the “stay in your lane” thing. One is about being a responsible instructor and not making stuff up about things you don’t know about, which is the useful one Brannon LeBouef of NOLATAC Training & Consulting talks about here. It allows room for growth, like when he talks about broadening your lane.
The other version is when it’s used to shut people down, like a slightly more “tactical” version of “shut up, dweeb, I don’t have to listen to you”. More common, less useful.
h/t Kathy Jackson of Cornered Cat