NRA certified Range Safety Officers (RSOs) ensure users of a range follow range regulations to reduce the potential for personal injury and/or property damage. The RSO is the range’s official on the firing line to ensure safety and help shooters and has a responsibility to take immediate action when circumstances require it.
RSOs are required at NRA sanctioned shooting competitions and events as well as many other shooting events and almost every commercial shooting range and gun club. In addition, an NRA certified RSO, separate from the NRA certified instructor(s), is required to be present to run the range at all Boy Scouts of America (BSA) shooting events.
Note: This NRA 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 range facility personnel (e.g., owners, operators, and managers) and all other responsible adults who want to encourage safe shooting.
- Roles and responsibilities of an RSO
- Range Standard Operating Procedures
- Range Layouts and Limits
- Range Inspection and Rules
- Range Safety Briefings
- Emergency Procedures
- Firearm Stoppages and Malfunctions
- How to properly control a shooter on the firing line
Course Length and Materials
- 9-hours of classroom instruction, discussion, and practical exercises
- Range Safety Officer packet with Student Study Guide and test
- Must be 21 years old or older
- Have familiarity with firearms and range operations
- Attend the entire class
- Participate in discussions and practical exercises
- Achieve an examination score of 90% or higher on the open book exam
- Submit an application and fee to the NRA