Class Length: 8 hours (one
How to Apply
Range Safety Officer Training (RSO) class is for
everyone truly interested in ensuring the safety
of shooting environments. Of course our Range
Safety Officer training is essential for
firearms instructors in every discipline, but
you do not need to be an instructor to take our
class and experience its benefits. Scout leaders
and merit badge counselors do well in our class.
So do club members and people who work at
shooting ranges and gun stores. Parents who are
reaally serious about the safety and
professionalism of their children's firearms
education can understand and participate in it
after a day of Range Safety Officer training
The way we teach every Range Safety Officer is
and immediate. You attend our Range Safety
Officer (RSO) class in a real classroom with
other people in an environment that helps you learn and expand your
knowledge, skills, and attitude. Meet face to face with experienced instructors who
get to know you. We're on your side. We teach,
explain, show you, answer your questions, and help you understand.
We'll show you how to learn what you need to know.
You're at a real shooting facility
of the kind where you might help supervise real
people after you are NRA certified as a Range
Safety Officer. We do live exercises. We use real guns
and equipment for you to learn and explore. And there are other
from whom you will learn, with whom you can
carry on discussions in and outside the classroom,
and among whom you can network to form contacts. Our Range Safety Officer training course is a good class that should
benefit you immediately and for the rest of your
After you complete our NRA-certified Range Safety Officer
class you'll wear the Range Safety Officer emblem proudly in all
its forms: the patch,
the lapel pin, the cap, and other insignia of your
solid training and readiness to serve others.
You get respect.
Our Range Safety Officers are highly trained people who possess
the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential
to organizing, conducting, and supervising safe
shooting activities and range operations indoors
The NRA developed its program in response
to the demand for a nationally-recognized Range
Safety Officer ("RSO") certification.
Our class and RSO certification should be
especially valuable to firearms instructors
including CWP instructors in South Carolina
and elsewhere. You do not need to
be an instructor to attend our Range Safety
Officer class or to become a certified Range Safety
Officer through our class. You must be 21 years
of age or older for certification as a Range
hold NRA Range Safety Officer training classes
at our training facility in
the greater Columbia, SC, area but you do not
need to be a South Carolina resident to take our
RSO class. We welcome residents of every
state. Our Range Safety Officer class is
complete in one day.
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This Range Safety Officer training class meets
certification requirements and includes the
- The role of the Range Safety Officer and
Range Standard Operating Procedures;
- Range Inspection and Range Rules;
- Range Safety Briefing;
- Emergency Procedures;
- Gun Stoppages and Malfunctions.
give every Range Safety Officer candidate a student packet containing
permanently useful materials such as a Student Study Guide for the Range Safety Officer
course. That student packet includes a
substantial example of Standard Operating
Procedures you can use for your own range. We provide
checklists for Range Safety Officers to follow
when doing routine inspections of indoor,
outdoor, and shotgun ranges at the start of
their shifts. There's also a Range Safety
Briefing form for RSO use and sample forms an
RSO might use to report injuries and
emergencies. We also include an example
"Release, Waiver Indemnification, Hold Harmless
and Assumption of Risk Agreement."
The Range Safety Officer test is an open book examination
based on the Student Study Guide that
we give you in class. Candidates must receive a grade of 90 percent
or better—with that Guide handy during the test. Our primary
goal and the goal of this class is to help
every RSO candidate learn and succeed.
Our Range Safety Officer training class is taught by
Chief Range Safety Officers who are NRA-appointed
Training Counselors with years of experience
in organizing, conducting, supervising, and
safe shooting activities.
This Range Safety Officer class goes far beyond
the obvious limitations of home study and self-validation.
Our class provides live instruction, interaction,
hands-on demonstrations, and practical exercises
on a shooting range
in accordance with NRA standards and procedures.
We provide a certificate of completion and
promptly certify the application
of every successful Range Safety Officer candidate
to the NRA.
Note that the NRA's Range Safety Officer 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. This NRA course is designed
for persons who may be assigned by a range
owner, operator, or manager to oversee range
safety. This course therefore is useful
to all responsible adults who want to encourage
Safety Officer Certification Requirements
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The requirements are clear and simple.
- Be 21 years old or older to apply for certification;
- Attend the entire class;
- Participate in discussions and practical
- Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and
attitudes necessary to organize, conduct,
and supervise safe shooting activities and
- Achieve an examination score of 90% or
higher on the open book exam.
We encourage all firearms instructors to take
our Range Safety Officers class but you do not
need to be an instructor to take the class. You
also do not need a concealed weapons permit to
take a Range Safety Officer class. There also is
no shooting requirement in the class. You do not
bring a gun or ammunition to class.
Remember that you do not need to be a firearms
instructor or a South Carolina resident
to take this NRA Range Safety Officer training class
from us. Our NRA Range Safety Officer
Training class is open to both women and men from
After you complete our Range Safety Officer
class the NRA will issue your Range Safety Officer
credentials so you may proudly wear the RSO emblem. Safety
is our foremost concern for everyone.