The NRA Range Safety Officer’s Course (RSO) is intended for club shooters of all levels of experience, who may not have had any formal training in the practical aspects of running ranges. The applicant must be 18 years of age and must be a member of a Home Office Approved Club.

The primary aim of the RSO course is to enhance range safety for Clubs by providing practical and relevant training and guidance. Successful candidates will be qualified as a NRA Range Officer (RSO). The NRA RSO qualification is valid for six years from the date of issue.

The RSO course is not specific to any particular shooting discipline or type of range, and is designed to give as much opportunity as possible for the students to practice running a safe range. In the regions the course will be tailored to the needs of individual clubs whilst ensuring that the training remains relevant to the operation of any range. The RSO course consists of written and oral tests, and on-range practical assessments. Other essential topics, such as the law, range regulations, and guest days are covered.

If required, there are extra RO qualifications which allow the running of sporting rifle moving target ranges, and the use of muzzle-loaded firearms. These additional one-day courses are arranged through the NRA, but conducted by the British Sporting Rifle Club and the Muzzle Loaders Association of Great Britain.

The RSO qualification provides an individual or Club auditable proof of training as an RO for use on club ranges. The RSO is not qualified to RO on Ministry of Defence (MoD) Ranges. The NRA RSO qualification is also promoted as “best practice” for all clubs that shoot at Bisley.

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For further information on any RSO matter, please either email NRA Training Division or phone us on 01483 797777 ext.149.

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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.

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