NRA Range Safety Officer Course (RSO)
This 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
regulations 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
Many ranges seek out volunteer Range Safety
Officers and the NRA developed this course to help ranges train those RSO's.
Becoming a Range Safety Officer is akin to
becoming a NRA Certified Instructor, with 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, and $5 annually to maintain the certification.
RSO's are neither certified instructors or coaches.
Although the course can be completed as quickly
as nine hours, it often will take longer depending on the class size and the 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 an RSO handbook. This handbook is not available
“To develop NRA Certified Range Safety Officers
who possess the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to
organizing, conducting, and supervising safe shooting activities and range operations.”
-NRA Basic Range Safety Officer Course Lesson
to the NRA Basic Range Safety Officer Course
- The Role of
the NRA Range Safety Officer and Range Standard Operating Procedures
Inspection and Range Rules
- Range Safety
Stoppages and Malfunctions
- Test and
NRA 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.
Instructors will provide feedback on the
practical exercises conducted during the course. 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 a $25 fee for processing.
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current Range Safety Officer schedule of courses, click here
If you would like to schedule a Range
Safety Officer course which is not on the current calendar, send an email
or call Best Handgun Training at (916) 295-8489.
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Safety Officer course is approximately 9 hours long.
The cost of this course is $200.00 per person
and includes lesson materials and certificate. The student shall supply ear and eye