Practical Firearms Training Program: introductory Course
Practical Firearms Training Course
PLEASE READ THIS INFORMATION FULLY AND CAREFULLY BEFORE MAKING A BOOKING.
Because of restrictions limiting the number of people we can have in a classroom (along with restricted range capacity) we have decided to run the PFTP course over two sessions (theory and practical) on separate days.
The theory component will be done online via Zoom, with the practical component completed at the range. All participants must have access to a computer with webcam.
You need to be able to attend both the scheduled Zoom meeting time and the allocated range time. These times cannot be changed.
All attendees will be emailed information on how to log into the online component of the course a week prior to the Zoom session*.
*Some email accounts may mark this email as spam. If this is the case, YOU WILL NEED TO CHECK YOUR JUNK / SPAM FOLDER FOR THIS EMAIL. We will not be responsible for ‘missing’ emails that we can show were correctly sent to the email address provided.
Courses have been scheduled for both weekdays and weekends. Please check that you are available to attend both sessions.
- First, decide which range you want to attend for the practical session (Springvale or Eagle Park).
- Then decide the date you can attend the practical session. NOTE: The practical session date is on the right side of the link.
- On the registration page, you will see that the practical session times are listed (AM or PM within each link). This will be the time of your practical session at the range (The AM time slot is 9am-1pm. The PM time slot is 1pm-5pm).
- Confirm that you can attend the corresponding Zoom theory session.
All Zoom theory sessions will be held from 9am-1pm.
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.
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
Juniors (aged 12 to 17) are welcome to attend. It is preferable that a parent or guardian is also a paid participant in the course. It’s a great opportunity for parents to help their kids get involved with the shooting sports.
Provision can be made for juniors to complete the course without an adult present, however positions are limited.
SSAA members receive a discount on the course fee as another membership benefit (ammunition and targets are covered in the cost).
- We will adhere with social distancing requirements – so please do not attend if you are not feeling well on the day. Please bring along a facemask.
- We will provide earplugs (these are mandatory during the range shoot). However, we will not be able to provide eye protection glasses due to the COVID-19 implications. We recommend that you bring your own eye protection if you want. Ensure you have enclosed footwear. All junior participants (under 18 years) will require eye protection, which can be provided by us if needed.
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.
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 obtain a refund.
*All refunds will incur a $10 administration fee.
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.
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.
Adults: $130 SSAA member* / $160 non-member
Juniors: $90 SSAA member* / $110 non-member
by a participating adult)
* If you are a new member, and have yet to be allocated a SSAA membership number, please contact State Office to receive a discount code (upon confirmation of membership with our National office).