Instructor Certification and Trainings
Becoming an Instructor explains who is eligible to become an instructor.
Idaho 4-H Shooting Sports is dedicated to providing essential, high-quality trainings. Whether potential instructors may have prior certifications through other organizations, or simply a passion to teach youth about a given discipline, our trainings blend subject-matter knowledge with proven positive youth development practices. While helping youth improve their shooting performance is rewarding, our primary focus remains on providing a safe supportive environment where all members can build vital life skills.
The 4-H Shooting Sports Online User Guide (PDF) will help you work through completing the online modules. These modules cover positive youth development and essential risk management protocols. All four modules must be completed prior to attending training. Please print the completion certificate after module four and bring that certificate to the in-person discipline training workshop.
State (Level 1) Trainings
These 1-2 day trainings (typically held late fall to early spring) provide the foundation for project leadership. They certify instructors to work directly with youth at the club or local level. Separate certifications are required for each discipline instructors wish to teach.
Training attendees receive:
- Current copies of the National 4-H Shooting Sports curriculum for their respective discipline
- Interactive instructional training methods and engaging exercises
- Information on working with youth, risk management, coaching, etc.
State Training Schedule 2024
(Registration links will be posted as they become available.)
National (Level 2) Training
These 4-5 day trainings are designed to prepare instructors to join the state-level training team. National trainings are typically held once a year (spring or fall), and rotate to various locations throughout the United States.
- Level 1 certification
- Practical experience in that discipline working with youth audiences
- Submit a National 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Training Interest Form (PDF) (Word) to the Idaho 4-H shooting sports coordinator.
- Instruct at least one in-state Level 1 training within their given discipline annually for at least three years.
- Assist with coordinating state contests for their discipline
- May serve on the Idaho 4-H Shooting Sports Advisory Team
National Training Schedule
(Registration links will be posted here as they become available.)