How to become a Range Officer
Training course are conducted in both metropolitan and regional areas of Victoria. Each prospective Range Officer must complete an application form that is to be sent to the SSAA Victoria State Office.
This application form will ask a number of questions of the applicant to assess whether they qualify to become a Range Officer. The application form includes:
- Are you a SSAA member?
- Do you have a firearms licence and for how long have you held it?
- Why do you want to become a Range Officer?
- Endorsement from branch or sub-club
These questions will allow SSAA Victoria to ascertain what experience an individual has had on and around a range and with firearms. The Branch or Sub-club endorsement is a mandatory requirement. Those who have only recently acquired a firearms licence or have no intention to assisting Branches or Sub-clubs may not be viewed favourably unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Once an application has been approved by the SSAA Victoria Facilities Manager, each candidate will be sent a pre-course assignment to complete and be informed of which course they have been enrolled. Relevant support documentation will also be sent to assist the applicant in completing the assignment. There are elements that will require a candidate to do some research at their local range. All applicants will need to bring the completed assignment to the course for assessment.
The course runs over one full day (eight hours) with both theoretical and practical components. Throughout the day each candidate will be assessed and, based on meeting key competences, they will be accredited as a Range Officer.
Following the course, newly qualified Range Officers need to be inducted onto the range they will be servicing. This induction should include understanding the range rules (orders), range certification and local limitations/restrictions of the range(s). It is recommended that new Range Officers work with an experience Range Officer to build confidence and understanding of any unique natures of their local range.
Each Range Officer will receive a card after completing the as proof of their accreditation. This accreditation card should be worn when on-duty as a Range Officer on a SSAA Victoria range.