NRA Range Safety Officer Certification Course

Basic - Presented by NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, Candy Petticord

Duration: 9 hours classroom, 1 hour lunch



Date Location Class Size Class Time Instructor Availability
Register Now August 17 Saturday
Parma, OH
3 - 10 Students 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Candy Petticord Space Available target icon


This nine-hour, non-shooting certification course will be conducted both in a classroom and on a range and it focuses on preparing a student to become a Range Safety Officer through learning the fundamentals of range safety and safe range operation during live-fire events.


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Topics Covered

Range Safety Officer candidates will learn:

NRA’s rules for safe gun handling

The roles and responsibilities of the Range Safety Officer (RSO)

Range Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and their use

Range inspection procedures

Range rules

How to conduct range safety briefings

How to execute Range emergency procedures

How to diagnose and resolve firearm stoppages and malfunctions

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Expectations and Outcomes

Each Range Safety Officer Candidate will receive a Range Safety Officer (RSO) Student Study Guide, a Basic Firearm Training Program brochure, an NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, and a Course Evaluation form.

Successful completion of the NRA Range Safety Officer Course is dependent on:

The Student’s participation and performance in class discussions and exercises.
The Student attaining a score of 90 percent or higher on the open book RSO Examination. 

PLEASE NOTE: There is an NRA certification and processing fee after successful course completion. 

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Basic, Intermediate, NRA Courses

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Documentation Requirements

Please bring a current, unexpired Ohio Driver License or CCW/CHL to class. If you are a current NRA Member and wish to have your NRA Member ID# printed on your certificate, please be prepared to provide this number. 

The instructor requires a copy of your Government Issued ID once you register.

The instructor requires a copy of your Concealed Carry Weapons permit once you register.

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Notebook, pen, 1" binder to hold class materials, lunch, drinks, and snacks. Door Dash, GrubHub, etc. are also available for delivery to our location. 😋