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Practical Firearms Training Program: Introductory Course


SSAA Victoria regrets to advise that all PFTP courses are suspended. Government directives regarding COVID-19 control measures have closed all SSAA Victoria ranges until further notice.

The Association regrets any inconvenience caused and will recommence courses as soon as possible.

Those people who were booked into courses have been notified of relevant arrangements for them.

This is an unprecedented situation. SSAA Victoria will work through the changing circumstances as they arise.

There is no need to contact the Association. All announcements in relation to the PFTP course will be made on the SSAA Victoria webpage and Facebook page.

Thank you for your understanding.


Course attendance

If you are unable to attend the course you have booked into, you will need to notify the Training Manager at least 48 hours prior to the course commencing in order to move your course date or obtain a refund.

If a course has to be cancelled, you will be notified and have the option of a refund or to book into a course on another date.

There is no refund for applicants who do not attend the course they are booked into without providing the necessary notice. The applicant will need to book into another course and pay a new fee to do the course on another date.

COVID-19 Measures

A person exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 should seek appropriate medical attention and self-isolate as per government directives.

In recognition of the current exceptional circumstances, and to encourage appropriate self-isolation, a person having to cancel at short notice due to COVID-19 related illness will be able to reschedule their course for another date. They must contact the Training Manager prior to the course to advise him of the situation. Any person attending a course who exhibits any COVID-19 symptoms will be refused entry and will be required to leave. No refund or reschedule will occur.

SSAA Victoria will continue to run courses that are compliant with government directives. If or when government directives change, courses may need to be postponed or cancelled. If that occurs participants can either receive a refund or retain a credit and have priority bookings for future courses.

There are limited places on these courses and a significant waiting list. Please advise of any cancellations as early as possible to enable someone else to take up the opportunity.

Course details

SSAA Victoria has developed a Practical Firearms Training Program: Introductory Course to help develop shooting skills for people at all levels, with or without a firearms licence. It has also been recognised as a firearms safety course by Victoria Police meaning completion of the course satisfies a requirement of obtaining a firearms licence.

Held at either SSAA Victoria’s Springvale or Eagle Park ranges, the PFTP: Introductory Course is designed to instil best practice and essential knowledge for new or intermediate firearms users.

Because the course is held at our ranges under the supervision of training staff and range officers, participants do not require a licence. It means our PFTP: Introductory Course is ideal for new shooters to become accustomed to firearms use before they take the step of getting a licence and purchasing their first firearm.

The program is also designed to give shooters a better understanding of their firearm and covers fundamental skills such as sighting in a rifle (which is essential before hunting), shooting techniques, firearm care and marksmanship.

Topics covered in the PFTP: Introductory Course include:

  • Firearm types, major parts and actions
  • Basic firearms safety and risk management
  • Safe storage, transportation and handling
  • Ammunition anatomy and cartridge construction
  • Shooting procedures and techniques
  • Firearm maintenance
  • Sighting-in
  • Marksmanship

Juniors (aged between 12 and 18) are also welcome to attend as long as they are accompanied by an adult so it’s a great opportunity for parents to help their kids get involved with the shooting sports.

SSAA members receive a discount on the course fee as another membership benefit, ammunition and targets are covered in the cost.

The full-day course is run on weekends commencing at 9am and finishing around 4.30pm (lunch break included) and classes are kept small so more time is given for individual needs.

Please note: participants must have an English language skill level which enables them to clearly understand instructions and respond verbally and in writing to the competency assessments. To avoid disrupting other attendees, interpreters will not be permitted in the classroom. Those requiring language assistance can discuss alternative arrangements with the State Office via the contact details below.

Please provide your full name, as it appears on your ID when registering for the course.

Participants must show an original Government-issued photo ID (i.e. Drivers licence, passport, etc) on the day of the course. 


Adults: $120 SSAA member, $150 non member

Juniors (accompanied by a participating adult): $80 SSAA member, $100 non-member

CLICK HERE FOR BOOKINGS – Currently closed

For details, contact the SSAA Victoria State Office via email or call (03) 8892 2704.