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Refuse to be a Victim - Course Description

To participate in this online course, you will need high speed internet access (no dial-up), Microsoft Word or Word Pro, an active email account, and a proficiency in saving, naming, and attaching documents to email. This course can not be currently viewed on iPad and Android tablets.

Welcome to the National Rifle Association’s Refuse To Be A Victim® Online Instructor Development Workshop. Refuse To Be A Victim® is NRA’s award-winning personal safety and crime prevention program. This instructor development workshop will provide you with the training and credentials required to teach Refuse To Be A Victim® Seminars in your community. These sought-after seminars teach participants how to improve their personal safety strategies, and what techniques and tactics can be used to help avoid becoming easy victims of crime. In general, seminars heighten public awareness of what can and should be done to stay safe. The topics that are covered in a seminar include:

  • Psychology of Criminal Predators
  • Mental Preparedness
  • Home Security
  • Physical Security
  • Workplace Security
  • Parents and Children From Pre-School to College
  • Senior Citizens
  • Automobile Security
  • Out-Of-Town Travel Security
  • Technological Security
  • Self-Defense Physical Training
  • Personal Protection Devices
  • Persons With Physical Disabilities
  • Domestic Violence
  • Stalking

Eligibility Requirements

In order to receive Refuse To Be A Victim® Instructor credentials, candidates must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have a clear criminal record

Please provide your current NRA member number or NRA instructor number in your user profile. If you do not have an NRA member or instructor number, please leave this field blank. However, if you provide us with this number, the process in which you receive your Refuse To Be A Victim credentials upon completion of this course will be significantly expedited.


$250. No additional fees are required. Tuition includes the course fee, required student materials, and NRA instructor certification fee for the first two years. There are no refunds once payment is received. 

Note: NRA instructor certification fees must be renewed every two years. The current renewal rate is $30 for two years for NRA members and $50 for two years for non-members.

Course Materials

Course materials included in the course fee include the Instructor Development Workshop kit, which includes the RTBAV instructor's manual, promotional DVD, Instructor CD, and RTBAV student packet. Student packet contains RTBAV student handbook, student firearm supplement, seminar participation certificate, RTBAV program brochure, and "Become a RTBAV Instructor" brochure. Student must review mailing address and order course materials after registering for the course.

Student’s Time Commitment

The course requires approximately 12-14 hours to complete. Participants can work at their own pace, on their schedule, 24 hours a day, but the entire course must be completed within the allotted timeframe of two weeks (14 calendar days, including weekends). Access will be denied after the closing date and time. Sessions run from the 1st to the 15th, and the 15th to the 29th, of each month.

Online Assistance

Throughout the course, a certified Refuse To Be A Victim® Regional Counselor will be your online professor to answer questions, assess completed assignments, grade your final exam, and provide personalized help and assistance. He (or she) will also recommend your appointment to the status of NRA-Certified Refuse To Be A Victim® Instructor, if you successfully complete the course.

About the Course

The course begins with a complete Refuse To Be A Victim® Seminar conducted by two experienced instructors. This seminar is presented as a model to show you what a professionally presented seminar should look like. Short quizzes for you to answer are built-in to each topic section. After viewing the seminar, you go on to:

  • NRA policies and procedures;
  • Instructor guidelines;
  • Program goals, philosophies and administration; and
  • Planning, promoting, conducting, and closing a seminar.

During these lessons, special assignments will include:

  • Planning a mock seminar;
  • Completing and submitting a grant application;
  • Exploring the NRA Program Materials Center;
  • Generating a business card and letterhead;
  • Writing a press release for local media; and
  • Developing a seminar promotion plan.

You may progress at your own pace, and repeat any lesson, but each lesson must be completed before advancing to the next. At the end of the course, an Instructor Candidate Quiz must be completed, along with an Instructor Agreement and Instructor Application Form, and emailed to your online professor.

Click here to take the course.

Last modified: Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 9:30 AM
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