Training standards for firearms instructor training are virtually non-existent. On the civilian side, the NRA Instructor Certification and NRA Basic Curriculums provide an outline for training standards. There are many other firearms training organizations who have developed sufficient standards of instructor competency but they are relatively few and far between. Many local instructors unfortunately take the “short” method and just teach for the sake of teaching and collecting funds with disregard to what we, at TOTAL Firearm Techniques believe; that our main objective is to ensure our customers are provided with the AWARENESS* DISCIPLINE*SAFETY in handling firearms A Systems Approach to Learning Development Training for any activity should begin with a formal task analysis. The first step in a task analysis is to establish a definition of expertise or the requisite level of performance. Once this phase is completed, the learning objectives are developed, followed by sequencing of learning modules in an order so that foundational knowledge are followed by the student. First, the student must learn how to grip the firearm properly, next learn how to properly align the slights, next how to put that sight alignment on the proper place on the target, next how to press the trigger so as to not disturb that sight alignment through the shot, next to follow through the shot and immediately re-establish sight picture. Only when these fundamentals are mastered would you teach the student the particular skills of how to rapidly transition from one target to another target. Once the student demonstrates basic competencies then he/she should have the opportunity to consolidate these competencies in a seamless exercise where these constituent competencies are practiced in an integrated whole. The format we use for this in our advanced classes for example (Personal Defense) consists of settings where the student must successfully exercise previously practiced individual skills in a self defense scenario. If you take a course from TOTAL Firearm Techniques, you on one hand may wonder at the purpose of a particular exercise. On the other hand, you may during the course participate in what appears to be just a period of “fun” shooting. In both cases, what appears to be an isolated skill and a bit of “play” during the course are actually carefully planned activities designed to promote or consolidate skill development. Continual Improvement This process is not a static process. Students learn from instructors and we in turn learn from student responses to training as to how to constantly improve our delivery. At TOTAL Firearm Techniques, this involves soliciting customer feedback and instructor debriefing after each course, to determine what went right, what worked, what needs to be adjusted for the benefit of the student’s progress. The success of our business depends on student success which we define as the student ENJOYING the course, LEARNING new skills and demonstrating improvement during the course and taking concepts and foundational skill levels they can then use for self-improvement. This is our training philosophy: Provide the highest quality instruction possible at a reasonable price for AWARENESS*DISCIPLINE*SAFETY in handling firearms.

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