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NRA Range Safety Officer (RSO) Training Class

"Godlike! These instructors provide a very high level of professional training. " — D.L. (Firearms author)

Class Length: 8 hours (one day)
Class Description
Certificate Requirements
How to Apply

The Range Safety Officer (RSO) patch.Our 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 from us.

The way we teach every Range Safety Officer is real,  live, 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 RSO students 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 life.

After you complete our NRA-certified Range Safety Officer Training 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.

We have the resources to provide hands on experience with many firearms an RSO might encounter, including the Benelli M-4 shotgun.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 and outdoors.

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 Safety Officer.

We help you learn what every Range Safety Officer must know.We 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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Class Description

This Range Safety Officer training class meets all NRA certification requirements and includes the following lessons:

  1. Introductions;
  2. The role of the Range Safety Officer and Range Standard Operating Procedures;
  3. Range Inspection and Range Rules;
  4. Range Safety Briefing;
  5. Emergency Procedures;
  6. Gun Stoppages and Malfunctions.

Your student packet includes the Range Safety Officer Study Guide.We 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 teaching safe shooting activities.

Our class demonstrates important kinds of rifles and shotguns you may encounter.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 safe shooting.

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Range Safety Officer Certification Requirements

We instruct you on important kinds of handguns you might encounter and tools you might need.The requirements are clear and simple. Students must:

  • Be 21 years old or older to apply for certification;
  • Attend the entire class;
  • Participate in discussions and practical exercises;
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to organize, conduct, and supervise safe shooting activities and range operations;
  • 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 every state.

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.  

How to Apply

Email us to attend a Range Safety Officer Training class. Please be sure to include your telephone number(s) so we can call to prequalify you for the class, determine your needs, assist you, and answer your questions. We work for your success.

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