SSAA Victoria’s Practical Firearms Training Program Introductory Course (PFTP IC) is now officially recognised as an alternative to the Firearms Safety Course (FSC) which is required to obtain a firearms licence.
Victoria Police Licensing and Regulation Division issued SSAA Victoria with a certificate approving the PFTP as a firearms safety course under Section 179 of the Firearms Act 1996.
It means people who complete the PTFP IC can apply for their firearms licence without having to complete the FSC as well.
“It’s great news for those wanting to get professional guidance and practical experience in handling a firearm and then taking the step to obtaining a firearm licence,” said Assistant Manager Training and Education Fady Khalife.
Mr Khalife was employed last year to develop a training program and created the PFTP to give participants actual range shooting experience.
The Introductory Course was the first course delivered in June last year and forms the basis for other courses which are being developed under the PFTP banner.
“Our Introductory Course is very popular because new shooters want to learn and feel confident handling a firearm,” Mr Khalife said.
“To have it recognised as an official step to obtaining a firearms licence is recognition of SSAA Victoria’s commitment to safety and responsible firearms use.”
Those people who successfully complete the PFTP will be able to use the certification they receive to meet one of the requirements of the firearms licence application process.
If you have already received a PFTP certificate from a previous course and haven’t completed the police FSC, you can have your certification updated to proceed with a firearms licence application. Contact Fady Khalife at firstname.lastname@example.org or (03) 8892 2777 for details.