RCO Course Bookings

The NRA Range Conducting Officer’s Course (RCO) is intended for suitable club members to gain the qualification necessary to allow them to sign for and run a Ministry of Defence (MoD) range. Candidates should be experienced shooters who have passed the Range Safety Officers (RSO) course, with experience of running ranges. Pass requirements are high, and the course is not to be undertaken lightly. Only those members who are considered to be suitable, and who stand a good chance of passing, should be put forward by their clubs. The MoD requires that their ranges, when used by civilian clubs, should be run to the same standards of safety as they are when used by the military. Candidates must understand the level of responsibility that they are taking on.

The one day course can be conducted at Bisley and in the regions. The timings and format are flexible, depending on the facilities available. A typical Bisley course would consist of a morning of classroom work, finishing with a written test. The afternoon will consists of practical briefing and range-work assessments on rifle ranges. Candidates will be sent a copy of the NRA RCO Manual a few weeks before the course. The importance of studying the manual before attendance cannot be overemphasised.

The RCO qualification only allows the holder to run MoD ranges with fixed firing positions and designated fixed target positions. The RCO qualification is valid for six years from the date of issue.

To book an NRA RCO course, or for further information on any RCO matter, please either email NRA Training Division or phone us on 01483 797777 ext.149.

For information on booking a Regional RCO course at your club please click here.

RCO Renewals

The NRA Range conducting officer card is issued on successful completion of the NRA RCO course and is valid for six years. The expiry date is shown on the card. To operate as an NRA RCO on Defence land ranges the RCO must be in possession of an in date RCO card identifying the individual by name and their qualification to conduct firing practices.

A civilian RCO should never operate on Defence land ranges with an out of date RCO card.

To renew your NRA RCO card please complete the RCO renewal test six months either side of your expiry date.

If your NRA RCO card is older than six months out of date. Contact NRA Training. 01483 797777 Ext149 or email training@nra.org.uk


To book an RCO or MLAGB RO Endorsement course at Bisley please click here to view the calendar and choose select the date you wish to attend; booking forms are available from the calendar.

Click here to be taken to the NRA RCO online test

Click here to download the NRA HME Endorsement (Bisley & Regional Course Booking Form)

For information on converting military-equivalent qualifications, commercial RCO courses or booking a regional RCO course at your club please contact kelly.king@nra.org.uk 


NRA Courses and Events Dates

Upcoming Course Dates

Please visit our online booking website for more details: https://online.nra.org.uk/course

MLAGB RO Endorsement

Run in conjunction with the MLAGB, this course is not designed to teach about muzzle loading, however the training will cover range management and all areas required to enable current NRA ROs to add muzzle loading and black powder to their qualification.

Attendees are expected to have a good knowledge of all muzzle loading disciplines. The course will involve both classroom and practical range work.

To book an MLAGB RO Endorsement course at Bisley please click here to view the calendar and choose select the date you wish to attend; booking forms are available from the calendar.