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Training is provided by an

NRA Certified Chief Range

Safety Officer.

NRA Range Safety Officer candidates must be 21 years of age

or older, and a current member of the National Rifle Association.

The Range Safety Officer course consists of: Range Safety Officer's

roles and responsibilities, range standard operating procedures, range

inspection and range rules, firearm stoppages and malfunctions, and Range

Safety Briefings which include emergency procedures. The DFI certification

adds limited emergency medical training, including, but not limited to, CPR.

Help your local range or gun club by becoming a Range Safety Officer, you can help other shooters enjoy shooting safely and responsibly, while reducing insurance costs to your club or range.

Those individuals who wish to be certified as NRA/DFI Range Safety Officers must attend a Range Safety Officer course conducted by a Certified Chief Range Safety Officer. ("Chief Range Safety Officers" are those individuals certified to train NRA Range Safety Officers.) The Range Safety Officer course is a Eight+ hour course that consists of classroom time and practical exercises conducted on a range.

This course is designed to prepare experienced shooters for 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 the potential for personal injury and property damage. RSO’s often have responsibilities to take immediate action when circumstances require it.

The RSO is the range’s official on the firing line to ensure safety and to help shooters. 

Becoming a Range Safety Officer is a huge responsibility, similar to becoming a NRA Certified Instructor, and is very comprehensive training that requires maintaining of a certification card with the NRA.

The course goal is to develop Certified Range Safety Officers who possess the knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential to organizing, conducting, and supervising safe shooting activities and range operations.”

NRA Range Safety Officer Basic Lesson Plans...

  1. Introduction to the Basic Range Safety Officer Course
    The Role of the Range Safety Officer and SOP’s
    Range Inspection and Range Rules
    Range Safety Briefing

  2. The Role of a Range Safety Officer

  3. The purpose of Standard Operating Procedures

  4. Range Layouts and Limits

  5. Range Commands

  6. How to conduct a Range Safety Briefing

  7. Emergency Procedures

  8. Firearm Stoppages and Malfunctions

  9. How to properly control a shooter, or shooters on the firing line

  10. Test and Review


NRA Range Safety Officers should be experienced shooters, and will be involved in many aspects of target shooting, training, and range supervision. This Certification 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.

Course Completion
Students will receive 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 to the NRA for processing.

Who is this course for?

This Range Safety Officer course is designed to prepare individuals who possess basic firearms knowledge to run a live fire range. Indoor and outdoor ranges are covered.

What can you expect?

Upon completion of this course students will become Certified Range Safety Officers. Certified Range Safety Officers are required for all Boy Scouts of America shooting events, NRA sanctioned shooting competitions and events, as well as many other shooting events and practically every commercial shooting range and gun club. All workbooks, tests, certificates, firearms, dummy ammunition, range time, eye and ear protection, and incidentals are provided in this course.

The cost of this training and Certification is $195.00 per seat. Range Safety Officer candidates will receive the Range Safety Officer Student Packet, a DFI DVD, a DFI/NRA Completion Certificate, a Range Safety Officer Badge and lanyard, a professional grade whistle, and a keyring LED light for inspecting firearms.