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Frequently Asked Questions 

Attending A Seminar

Is this a self-defense course?

This is a personal safety program that teaches strategies you can use to avoid situations where self-defense may be required. This course focuses on proactive courses of action, rather than reactive. By making yourself more difficult target to prey upon, you lessen your risk of a criminal attack. That means having a personal safety strategy in place before you need it.

Do Refuse To Be A Victim® seminars include firearm training?

Firearm training is not part of the Refuse To Be A Victim® curriculum. The National Rifle Association has other courses that focus on firearm training and can be taken separately. Visit www.NRAInstructors.org for more information.


Who can attend the seminars?

The Refuse To Be A Victim® seminar covers topics that can pertain to anyone. The information covered is appropriate for young adults to senior citizens. The program materials also include a special teaching module for parents, which discusses tips for children ages pre-school to high school. Women-only and college seminars are also available.


Is there a fee to attend a seminar, and what does it cover?

Seminar fees range in price and are set by each individual instructor. The fees cover instructor time, and all materials distributed to seminar attendees, such as the Refuse To Be A Victim® Student Handbook.


How can I contact an instructor to conduct a seminar in my community?

Refuse To Be A Victim® staff maintains referral lists of certified instructors by state. If you would like to find an instructor near you, please contact the Refuse To Be A Victim® staff at at 800-861-1166 or [email protected].

Becoming An Instructor

How can I become an instructor?

Becoming an instructor is easy! You can either attend an in-person Instructor Development Workshop or take our Online Instructor Course. To find out more information about these options, please visit our instructor page.

Can I organize a "private" seminar?

Refuse To Be A Victim® seminars can be conducted for private corporations, businesses, and other groups and clubs. The flexible, comprehensive curriculum can be custom-tailored to fit your group's needs. For a list of instructors in your area, please contact a member of the Refuse To Be A Victim® staff at 800-861-1166 or [email protected].

Who sets the cost of a seminar?

Once you become a Refuse To Be A Victim instructor, you set the price of your own seminar. You can advertise your seminars on NRAInstructors.org and compare seminar prices of other instructors in your area. Instructors will often approach local law enforcement, schools, libraries, or community centers to sponsor a seminar for their community and cover the cost of student packets for participants.

Can a seminar be taught at a college campus?

Yes! Refuse To Be A Victim® has great partnerships with colleges and law enforcement agencies all over the country. We provide all of the student packets for these seminars at no cost if taught by campus law enforcement agencies or campus affiliate. Please call 800-861-1166 or email us at [email protected] to learn more about teaching RTBAV at a collegiate setting, as grant funding may be available.

I’m affiliated with a law enforcement agency. Could we use this program for our community outreach efforts?

Yes! NRA partners with law enforcement agencies across the country to bring the Refuse To Be A Victim® message to their communities. We provide free training for any law enforcement officers who will be teaching the seminar on behalf of their agency, and the student packets for each attendee for free.

I have signed up for the online instructor course; what do I do now?

If you have signed up for the NRA Online Training Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor Development Course you will need to complete step 1 of selecting your course session from the course menu. Once you have selected your course session, you will need to order your course materials, labeled as step 2. After you have selected your course session and ordered your materials, you will need to wait for your online professor to send you the course access code that will allow you to start viewing the lessons.

What is the difference between a Refuse To Be A Victim Certified Instructor and Regional Counselor?

A Certified Instructor may teach the standard Refuse To Be A Victim Seminar. A Regional Counselor may teach the seminar and certify new instructors for Refuse To Be A Victim.

What are the requirements to become a Refuse To Be A Victim Regional Counselor?

A Regional Counselor must be a current Refuse To Be A Victim Certified Instructor with an established seminar history (having taught at least two seminars and 50 students in the past 24 months) and complete the home validation process. The first Instructor Development Workshop must be completed within six months of finishing the certification to become a Regional Counselor.

Is a Refuse To Be A Victim Regional Counselor an employee of the NRA?

No. The relationship between NRA and its instructors is one of cooperation and service; it is not an employer-employee relationship. Instructors are independent contractors certified by the NRA to teach a specific program.

What fee should I charge to teach an Instructor Development Workshop?

It is at the discretion of the Regional Counselor to determine the fee, if any, for their Instructor Development Workshops.

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Refuse To Be A Victim®

NRA’s Refuse To Be A Victim® program teaches the personal safety tips and techniques you need to be alerted to dangerous situations and to avoid becoming a victim.