NRA’s Refuse To Be A Victim® Program

The single most important step toward ensuring your own safety is having a personal safety strategy in place before you need it.


NRA’s Refuse To Be A Victim® program teaches the tips & techniques you need to be alerted to dangerous situations & to avoid becoming a victim.  This program was developed by the women of the NRA in 1993 in response to women nationwide who requested crime prevention & personal safety information.  It was originally presented only to women by women who were NRA Certified Instructors.  However, in 1997, the NRA Board of Directors elected to open this course to men as well, due to the program's relevance to all citizens.

Today, hundreds of federal, state & local law enforcement officials from across the nation utilize this popular program in their crime prevention & community policing initiatives. Corporations, educational institutions and community centers have also adopted the program.   

The information presented in this class is based on the premise that people can minimize their risk of becoming a crime victim by increasing their awareness & learning about the many personal safety options available.

The Refuse To Be A Victim® Seminar


The Refuse To Be A Victim® program is not a firearms or self-defense class. It’s a seminar that will help you improve personal safety strategies & will provide you with valuable information that you can apply in every area of your life.  This is a 4-hour, non-shooting class suitable for older children & up.  

Lessons in the Refuse to be a Victim Course® include:

  • The Psychology of Criminal Predators
  • Mental Preparedness
  • Home Security
  • Physical Security
  • Automobile Security
  • Out-of-Town Travel Security
  • Technological Security
  • Self-Defense Physical Training
  • Personal Protection Devices

     There are optional lessons available, depending on your group.  These      optional lessons include:

  • In the Workplace
  • Parents & Children - From Kindergarten through High School
  • College Students - Staying Safe on Campus
  • Senior Citizens
  • Persons with Physical Disabilities

You will need to provide:

A notebook          A pen & highlighter

Other Notes:

Firearms & ammunition are not allowed in these seminars.

Course Materials & a Completion Certificate are included in the course fee.

There is no deposit required for registration for this class.

Large groups can be accommodated at your location.  Large groups can be accommodated at our location with 30 days advance notice. 

Payment help is available for groups through your State Friends of NRA & The NRA Foundation.  Please visit The NRA Foundation website at  You will find grant application information, forms, contact information for your NRA Field Representative, & all other necessary information. 

Please contact us for more information concerning groups or to set up a class.

Become a Refuse To Be A Victim® Instructor


Interested in teaching your community how to better protect themselves, their families, & their friends? 

The benefits & rewards of becoming a Refuse To Be A Victim® instructor come from the very people you will meet & train.

Eligibility Requirements:

In order to become a Refuse To Be A Victim® Instructor, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have a clear criminal record & not be prohibited by any federal, state, or local law, ordinance or regulation from possessing, purchasing, or using firearms. 

Course Overview:

The RTBV Instructor course  is scheduled monthly at Defensive Specialties, LLC & is run in conjunction with the basic RTBV seminar over 1-2 days & includes NRA Basic Instructor Training (if necessary).


The course fee includes the Basic RTBV Seminar, BIT (if necessary), the RTBV Instructor Course, Course Materials, & Lunches.  

If you have already taken the RTBV Seminar, let us know.  This will save you a 1/2 day.  We will need a copy of your completion certificate.

If you have had BIT within the last 2 years, this will reduce your time by a day. (We don't charge for BIT, so, no, it won't save you any on the class fee. Sorry...) 

NO firearms or ammunition are allowed in the classroom.   Students should not bring personal firearms to this class.

A minimum of 4 people must register in order for an Instructor class to hold.  Registration ends 72 hours before the class starts.   

NRA Processing/Certification Fees are not included.  You will pay this directly to the NRA after your class is completed.  

  • Fees for your first NRA Instructor certification are $30 for NRA Members & $50 for Non-NRA Members.            
  • Additional NRA Instructor certifications are $10 for NRA Members & $20 for Non-NRA Members.
  • Certifications are valid for 2 years.  All certifications will expire on the same date.   
  • Re-certification fees are a flat $30 for NRA Members & $50 for Non-NRA Members.  (You do NOT have to take the class again.)     

There is a $50 (minimum) non-refundable deposit required for registration.  If you are unable to attend the class after registering, this deposit will be applied to your next registration.   



If you would like to join the NRA, you may click on the link to the left or on the action button to go to the NRA website or you may sign up during your class.  Either way, you'll save $10 off the regular sign-up fee.  This $10 discount is in addition to the many benefits of belonging to the NRA.  

What are the benefits of joining the NRA?

  • Discounts at over 6,000 hotels & motels nationwide
  • Discounts at several different car rental companies
  • Discounts at many other companies such as LifeLock, mortgage/real estate/moving services
  • Discounts at TLC Laser Eye Centres
  • Invitation to apply for No Annual Fee Visa® card with 0% intro APR
  • Legislative updates
  • Subscription to your choice of four award-winning NRA membership magazines
  • 24/7 defense of your firearm freedoms

For NRA Instructor Candidates:  Your NRA Certification Fees will be less!