Prerequisites: None, however we recommend that Range Safety Officer Candidates be experienced shooters, involved in many aspects of shooting, training, and range supervision.

Course Overview: The NRA Range Safety Officer program was developed in response to the demand for a nationally-recognized range safety officer certification.

RSO’s ensure that users of a range follow range regulations in order to reduce the potential for personal injury and property damage. RSO’s often have responsibilities to take immediate action when circumstances require it. The RSO is the range’s official on the firing line to ensure safety and to help shooters.

The NRA encourages active shooters to learn more and become responsible for the safety of fellow shooters through this program. There will be practical exercises with all types of firearms in this course, even if a shooter’s discipline does not require experience with those types.

There is no live fire in this course. Range Safety Officer Candidates will learn roles and responsibilities of an RSO; Range Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs); range inspection; range rules; range briefings; emergency procedures; and firearm stoppages and malfunctions. Each Range Safety Officer Candidate will receive an RSO Student Study Guide, a Basic Firearm Training Program brochure, an NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure and an Instructor Application/Course Evaluation form.

Students will receive feedback on the practical exercises conducted during the course. There is a written test on the lesson material at the end of the course. In addition, certification will require mailing in the appropriate documents along with the appropriate NRA fee for processing. You do not automatically become an RSO by taking this course. You must pass all class practical exercises, the final exam and display a safe and proper attitude all while applying safe gun handling skills.

Course Length: 9 Hours

Some class dates may be done all in 1 day and some classes may be split over 2 days.

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