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Practical Firearms Training Program: Introductory Course

Practical Firearms Training Course

All Practical Firearms Training Courses are closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. SSAA Victoria is NOT taking any bookings at this time. 

Courses will resume once restrictions are lifted. No bookings can be made until such time. 

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.

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

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.

Course attendance

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 (accompanied by a participating adult): $90 SSAA member, $110 non-member