is a course designed to prepare experienced shooters to the basic
duties of a Range Safety Officer (RSO). RSO's ensure that the users of
a range follow range regulation in order to reduce property damage and
personal injury. RSO's often have responsibilities to take action when
circumstances require it. The RSO is the range's official on the firing
line to ensure safety and to help shooters.
Many ranges seek out volunteer RAnge Safety Officers and the NRA developed this course to help ranges train those RSO's.
a Range Safety Officer is akin to becoming a NRA Certified instructor,
will much harder testing and the maintaining of a certification card
with the NRA. A new RSO will need to pay $25 for processing of their
card,a nd $5 annually to maintain the certification. RSO's are neither
certified instructors or coaches.
course can be completed as quickly as nine hours it often will take
longer depending on the class size and ht facilities at the range. For
example, a large number of indoor and outdoor ranges of different types
cannot be toured quickly.
Students will receive a student packet featuring a RSO handbook. This handbook is not available separately.
develop NRA Certified Range Safety Officers who possess the knowledge,
skills, and attitudes essential to organizing, conducting, and
supervising safe shooting activities and range operators."
-NRA Basic Range Safety Office Course Lesson Plans
Introduction to the NRA Basic Range Safety Officer Course
The role of the NRA Range Safety Office rand Range Standard Operating Procedures
Range iNspection and Range Rules
Firearm Stoppages and Malfunctions
Test and Review
RAnge Safety Officers should be experienced shooters, involved in many
aspects of target shooting, training, and range supervision. 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.
will receive feedback on the live-fire exercises and a course
certificate upon successful completion the lessons. There is a short
written test on the lesson material at the end of the course. A 90%
score is required to obtain certification. In addition, certification
will require mailing in the appropriate documents along with $15 fee
If you are interested in any of the courses and NRA certification contact Joe at: