Shooting Sports Instructors

Shooting Sports Leaders Training

The National 4-H Shooting Sports Committee has strongly recommended that all 4-H Shooting Sports Instructors recertify to maintain their status as an approved 4-H Shooting Sports Instructors. Leaders trained in 2015 or earlier will be required to attend a session in 2018. Recertification sessions will be offered for all SESS disciplines on a 3-year rotating basis with every discipline offered at least every year.  Leaders Trained in 2015 or earlier will be required to attend a session in 2018.

New Leader Training and Recertification 

When: March 16-17-18, 2018

Where:  Oakland, Iowa

Registration:  Online registration     


  • SESS Instructor Training $150 Registration includes meals and training materials. 
  • Recertification - $25 for each Discipline.  $15 for new cap option.
  • Food and materials provided. This does not include lodging.

New Leader Training in all Disciplines- Friday March 16 from 1 pm – 9 pm, Saturday March 17 from 8 am – 5 pm

Recertification Training - in all Disciplines

  • Sunday March 18 Morning Discipline 8:30 – 1:30 pm
  • Sunday March 18 Afternoon Discipline 12 Noon – 5:30 pm
  • Leaders can attend both recertification and New Leader Training           


  • New Leader Training $150 Registration includes meals and training material
  • Recertification - $25 for each Discipline.  $15 for new cap option.
  • Food and materials provided. This does not include lodging.

Contact:          Jacki Luckstead,  Patty Gibler 515-294-5939

Training participants must be approved from their local county extension office.  This process, which must be completed prior to attending the training, requires a completed 4-H volunteer application and the successful completion of background checks as part of the 4-H Child Protection and Safety Policy administered by their County Extension Office.  It can take from 3-5 weeks.  Contact your County Extension Office for more details.  In addition, participants must complete on-line volunteer training prior to attending SESS instructor training. In 4HOnline open the Trainings tab and complete the 2016-2017 Leader Training, New Volunteer Training session 1, Session 2, Session 3 and Session 4.  These trainings must show as completed prior to March 16 SESS training.  If you previously took volunteer training it is not necessary do it again. 

Training will be offered in Archery, Rifle, Shotgun, Muzzleloader, Wildlife Skills and Coordinator.

There is a minimum number of registrants needed in each discipline to provide the trainings so please register early to insure that disciplines will be held!  

2018 Recertification Dates:

  • July 28: Fort Dodge
  • July 29: Winterset
  • September 16: Marshalltown
  • November 11: Clover Woods, Madrid

2018 New Leaders Training Dates:

  • July 26-27: Fort Dodge
  • September 14-15: Marshalltown

Shooting Sports Instructors

The success of 4-H programs relies heavily on dedicated volunteers.  Shooting sports instructors are responsible for the overall coordination and management of the county/area 4-H shooting sports program. If you are interested in being a volunteer or instructor for a shooting sports program, contact your county ISU Extension Office today. 


1. Administration: follow state plan, policies, and risk management requirements. Complete reports and maintain 4-H membership records and maintain equipment inventories.
2. Communications: develop good working relationships with members, parents, instructors, volunteers and Extension professional staff.
3. Planning: work with other instructors, Extension staff, parents, members and community
partners to develop a county shooting sports short-term and long-term plan to create the best possible program for your county. This includes setting up a 4-H Shooting Sports Committee that seeks to grow the program.
4. Volunteer Development: Recruit, orientate, and recognize  instructors and other adult and teen volunteers (on-going).
5. Resource Development: Develop resources such as cash, equipment and use of facilities and
keep financial and asset records in accordance with Iowa 4-H policy.
6. Promote the 4-H SESS program to youth, families and the community through various ways.
7. Plan/schedule supplemental learning experiences-tours, special events, service projects, etc.
8. Liaison with the Extension Service and county 4-H committee.
9. Ensure quality control of county program by monitoring club SESS activities.


1. Age 21 or older and successful completion of the child protection and safety policy screening process.
2. Willingness to attend on-going training
3. Ability to work with adults and delegate responsibility.
4. Have an interest in the development of youth and shooting sports.
5. State certification and re-certified as required.
6. Previous leadership experience.
7. Organizational, management, communication, public relations and marketing skills.
8. Knowledge of networking and collaborating.
9. Knowledge of overall 4-H program and activities and/or willing to learn about them.
10. Moral standards consistent with the 4-H philosophy.

Support Provided

1. 4-H SESS coordinator training workshop.
2. 4-H SESS curriculum handbook upon completion of the workshop.
3. Local volunteer training programs.

To Apply

Contact your county ISU Extension Office

Instructor Resources

Certificates for Youth Completion Basic Discipline Course