NRA Range Safety Officer (RSO) Course


The NRA Range Safety Officer (RSO) course is a non-shooting classroom-only course but may include visiting a Range facility. The NRA Range Safety Officer (RSO) program is designed to certify individuals who can effectively organize, conduct, and supervise safe shooting activities and range operations.  The RSO course focuses on safety and does not encompass the functions of a Range Officer who conducts competitive shooting events.

Before attending the NRA Range Safety Officer (RSO) course, it is advisable to become an NRA member. After completing the course, you will need to register with the NRA to obtain your RSO certification. If you don’t already have an NRA number, obtaining membership will ensure a smoother certification process. To apply for membership, you can visit this NRA Membership Join page for a membership discount.

What You Will Learn

  • The Roles and Responsibilities of the NRA Range Safety Officer
  • Range Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Range Inspection and Range Rules
  • Range Safety Briefing
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Firearm Stoppages and Malfunctions
  • Test and Review

Materials Received

  • NRA Range Safety Officer Student Study Guide
  • Basic Firearm Training Program Brochure
  • NRA Gun Safety Rules Brochure
  • Instructor Application/Course Evaluation Form

PLEASE NOTE: Certifications are issued by the NRA training department; therefore, additional certification and processing fees are payable to the NRA, not to Seacoast Firearms Training.

  • For initial certification as a NRA RSO, the cost is $30.00 for NRA members and $50.00 for non-members.
  • All first-time instructors, coaches, and range safety officers pay a flat credentialing fee of $50 for a 2-year term.
  • Additional ratings are added at a rate of $20 per rating. Renewals are $50 for a 2-year term, regardless of how many ratings are being renewed.

To become an NRA Range Safety Officer (RSO), you must pass the RSO course and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential for organizing, conducting, and supervising safe shooting activities and range operations. The age requirement for RSOs is 21 years or older.

Please download, read, print, and bring to class our Liability_Waiver.pdf

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