How do I become a Certified Archery Instructor?

Archery Instructor Certification

A joint certification between USAA and NFAA, the Level 1 and Level 2 training teaches basic archery range safety and how to teach archery to new shooters. Part of these courses are taught online, and part as an in-person practicum. A more advanced Community Coach certification is jointly run by USAA and ASA.

What archery program options are there?

Archery programming follows that of many other individual sports. Classes can be scheduled indoors or outdoors, depending on space and season, and instructors can be trained in-house or hired as independent contractors from your community. Contact the archery organizations to get help in finding a certified instructor in your area.

Explore Archery

USA Archery and the Archery Trade Association developed Explore Archery with the support of the Easton Foundations.  Explore Archery is an innovative education program focused on introducing beginners of all ages and abilities to the lifelong sport of archery.  http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Archery/Archers/Explore-Archery/Find-a-Program

JOAD (Junior Olympic Archery Development)

A youth archery program of USAA for archers between the ages of 8 and 20, JOAD combines skills lessons with tournament training.

Adult Archery Achievement

This program focuses on adults who are trying archery for the first time to those who are actively competing; a progressive, instructional program that focuses on fun, too.

Clubs and Leagues

Each archery organization provides for new club formation, memberships and benefits.
Click here to go to the Clubs and Facilities page.

How do I get a grant from Easton Foundations?

The Foundations award funding grants every year to 501(c)(3) or government supported clubs, programs, schools, colleges and universities, and organizations that propose archery-related plans or projects. Easton Foundations also provide assistance to several high-level archery programs and organizations, such as the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, the U.S. Archery Association (USAA), the National Field Archery Association (NFAA) and the U.S. Collegiate Archery Program (USCA).


What’s a good public archery range set up?

A Parks and Recreation agency can incorporate archery within its existing sports fields for scheduled events, or create dedicated archery ranges of just a few acres in size for daily use. Administrative and program support is provided by the main indoor facilities.

Easton Foundations Archery Facility Planning Guide

The main design considerations for outdoor ranges are:

  • Oriented due north to shoot away from the sun.
  • Access is limited to the rear of the range for safety.
  • Controlled access includes security fencing, walls and gates.
  • Downrange and side areas are left clear to allow for overshot arrows.
  • Sun canopies are provided for shooting lines and rest areas.
  • Ranges are located near parking for equipment drop off.
  • Public facilities are provided either through an outlying support building or the main administration building.
  • Handicapped accessible.

Check out the Easton Archery Facility Planning Guide to design an archery facility on virtually any scale: from a small Community Archery Range to a Full Service Archery Training Center.

What are some major archery organizations I can join?

USA Archery

Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., the National Archery Association, known today as USA Archery, was formed in 1879 to foster and promote the sport of archery. USA Archery is the organization recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee for the purpose of selecting and training men’s and women’s teams to represent the U.S. in Olympic Games, Paralympic Games and Pan American Games. USA Archery also selects teams for World Championships and other international competitions annually. Membership in USA Archery is open to everyone involved in all disciplines of archery. USA Archery sanctions more than 300 events annually and conducts national championships.

National Field Archery Association

The NFAA consists of fifty chartered state associations and more than 1,100 affiliated clubs. The NFAA is a member of the International Field Archery Association and a national allied organization of the National Archery Association (NAA/USA Archery).

The NFAA hosts three National Championship tournaments, and eight Sectional Indoor, and eight Sectional Outdoor Championships. The NFAA sanctions more than 100 State Championship level tournaments and thousands of club shoots. Popular league programs and mail matches are sanctioned by the NFAA.

The NFAA operates a liability insurance program for affiliated clubs, state associations and pro shoots. The NFAA Certified Instructor Program as well as shooting and equipment clinics and shooters schools are accessible in all 50 states.

Archery Shooters Association

Since its inception in 1993 the Archery Shooters Association, headquartered in Kennesaw, Georgia, has hosted tens of thousands of amateur and professional archers from across the United States in national ASA Pro/Am and state run ASA Federation competitions. The state level organization is known as the ASA Federation, while the national level shoots are known as the McKenzie ASA Pro/Am Tour. ASA hosts and supports 3-D archery competitions and the new DAIR Indoor round.

The ASA has Federation chapters in 30 states with over 7,000 members and 300 clubs.

Features that distinguish ASA Pro/Am and Federation competitions include a standardized set of competition rules; professionally executed shooting ranges; high standards for dress and conduct; safety standards that include a maximum arrow speed standard of 280 feet per second; the copyrighted 12-ring and 14-ring scoring system; and the largest paybacks in competitive archery.

How do state Fish & Wildlife agencies fund public shooting sports ranges?

There is a federal excise tax collected on hunting equipment paid back to state Fish and Wildlife agencies for game management and hunter recruitment. This is commonly called “Pittman Robertson”: funding named after the federal bill authorizing it. Repayment is made to each state Fish & Wildlife agency using a formula based on state population, land mass and state hunter license sales.

Among other things, this funding can be used by state F&W agencies for shooting range development. Additional federal aid is available to state F&W agencies who have met certain markers for shooting sports education and recruitment. Here is a link to a state-by-state list of F&W agencies. Contact the one in your state for more information. They are often looking for local partners who will help develop ranges and facilities.