Become a Range Safety Officer

Add more credibility, and help your club reduce liability by participating in the NRA Range Safety Officer Program.

What is an NRA Range Safety Officer?

Range Safety Officer The NRA Range Safety Officer program was developed in response to the demand for a nationally-recognized range safety officer certification. NRA Range Safety Officers are people who possess the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to organizing, conducting, and supervising safe shooting activities and range operations.

This course does not encompass the functions and responsibilities of a Range Officer, who conducts NRA competitive shooting events as defined by Rule 11.5 of the NRA Rule Books.

NRA Range Safety Officers must be 21 years of age or older.

The Range Safety Officer course consists of: Range Safety Officer's roles and responsibilities, range standard operating procedures, range inspection and range rules, firearm stoppages and malfunctions, and Range Safety Briefings which include emergency procedures. Candidates must also receive 90 percent or better on the written exam.

How does one become a certified NRA Range Safety Officer?

  1. Individuals who currently possess a valid NRA Firearms Instructor certification or NRA Coach appointment in one of the NRA's firearms training programs have the option of taking the Range Safety Officer course online. If you qualify, click here and get signed up!
  2. Those individuals who do not hold a trainer rating must attend a Range Safety Officer course. Range Safety Officer courses are conducted by Chief Range Safety Officers. ("Chief Range Safety Officers" are those individuals certified to train NRA Range Safety Officers.) The Range Safety Officer course is a nine-hour course that consists of classroom time and practical exercises conducted on a range. Range Safety Officer candidates will receive the Range Safety Officer Student Packet.

How does one become a Chief Range Safety Officer?

One of the ways an instructor may obtain the rating is by attending an NRA Training Counselor Workshop. If the Training Counselor candidate already has the Range Safety Officer rating, then he/she will be upgraded to Chief Range Safety Officer upon successful completion of the Training Counselor Workshop. The Training Counselor/Chief Range Safety Officers may also conduct Chief Range Safety Officer courses.

Certified Range Safety Officers may attend a Chief Range Safety Officer course put on by an NRA Training Counselor who also holds the Chief Range Safety Officer certification. This is an instructor-level course, so the Training Counselor must make sure that the individual has been through the NRA Basic Instructor Training, which is a minimum of six hours. This course, accompanied with the Basic Range Safety Officer's course, is given to the Chief Range Safety Officer candidate. The Chief Range Safety Officer candidate will receive the Range Safety Officer Lesson Plans and Range Safety Officer Student Packet.

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