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Old 01-06-2020, 01:48 PM
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NRA Certification courses

We have a "bad experience" thread running.
Not looking for more of that.



I am interested in getting Range Safety Officer certification so I can
work at the local range.

Can anyone detail the courses that are required?
What can be deemed as satisfying those requirements?

I have military combat experience and a Texas LTC.
Do either of those help? Hinder?


That kind of information...
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Old 01-06-2020, 02:11 PM
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Did your local range specify what they required?

The NRA RSO course is the one that seems to be the most recognized, and accepted version.

Going to the NRA website will get you started with local contact info, possibly course dates.
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Old 01-06-2020, 02:29 PM
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Did your local range specify what they required?

The NRA RSO course is the one that seems to be the most recognized, and accepted version.

Going to the NRA website will get you started with local contact info, possibly course dates.
This. NRA Training Counselors conduct Courses for NRA Instructor Certification, including Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun, Personal Protection and Range Safety Officer.

The Counselors are assigned to regional areas and you would need to contact them to ascertain when the Courses will be offered. After that, you can renew your Creds online every 2 years.
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Old 01-06-2020, 03:36 PM
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What the guys above stated plus knowledge of how to load and clear stoppages from just about every type of firearm. My limited knowledge of muzzle-loaders didn't prevent me from getting certified but the Chief RSO instructing the class had one for us to familiarize ourselves with. Your military background will only help with your years of military instruction while on the range, assuming yours was a good as mine was.
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Old 01-06-2020, 05:02 PM
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The NRA RSO course can be taken online, and I don't think there is a pre-requisite course that has to come first; you can also get it in person if you prefer that method, from any NRA Chief RSO. Look on the NRAtraining.org website to find classes anywhere near you, or a favorite instructor. For the other classes, Basic Rifle, Basic Pistol, Basic Shotgun, Personal Protection In the Home, Personal Protection Outside the Home, and many others you have to find an Instructor certified in that discipline. For Instructor certification, and Chief RSO, you have to find a NRA Certified Training Counselor certified for that discipline - all those types are listed, along with any pre-requisites on the training website.
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Old 01-06-2020, 06:43 PM
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If one is a previously certified NRA firearms instructor the RSO course can be done online. If one has not been NRA certified as a firearms instructor, the class for RSO has to be taken in the class room. Just did the drill last fall.
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Thanks for that clarification Joe. I happened to have taken my RSO class online, but it was shortly after taking the Basic Pistol class and Basic Pistol Instructor class; I hadn't remembered that instructor in one of the disciplines was a pre-requisite for the online RSO cert. Again, thanks.
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Old 01-06-2020, 10:38 PM
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If one is a previously certified NRA firearms instructor the RSO course can be done online. If one has not been NRA certified as a firearms instructor, the class for RSO has to be taken in the class room. Just did the drill last fall.
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Old 01-06-2020, 11:13 PM
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So?
I think I found it.
This page at NRA says (Range Safety Officer Development
https://onlinetraining.nra.org/online-courses/nra-range-safety-officer-course/

You must be a currently certified NRA instructor in a firearms discipline to
participate in this online course.

So basic pistol instructor (at least) comes first?


And a couple of other pages say we have to start with Basic Pistol Shooting course.
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Old 01-07-2020, 08:57 AM
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The class room RSO course was not that bad. I rather enjoyed the instructors. We had 2 sharing presentations. It was also an opportunity to network with other like minded shooters. Never a bad thing. During breaks we swapped stories. One of the instructors was a LEO for a local jurisdiction and it was interesting talking to him ...off the record!
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I agree with Joe - the in class is a much more enjoyable way to get the RSO training. I took the online version, and after completing it I had wished I took the in class version. When I went for the Chief RSO (must be in class), I discovered what the missing sharing and interaction of in class training brings in added benefits versus the online. If I had it to do over again, I would opt for the in class version of RSO.
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Old 01-10-2020, 02:48 PM
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Some Boy Scout councils will offer the RSO course for members if the organization.
That’s how I got certified a few years ago. Check with the council office.
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