NRA Range Safety Officer Certification

The NRA Range Safety Officer program was developed in response to the demand for a nationally recognized range safety officer certification. NRA Range Safety Officers are people who possess the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to organizing, conducting, and supervising safe shooting activities and range operations. It covers Range Safety Officer’s roles and responsibilities, range standard operating procedures, range inspection and range rules, firearm stoppages and malfunctions, range safety briefings, and emergency procedures.

Certified NRA Range Safety Officers are required for all Boy Scouts of America, all NRA-sanctioned, and most other competitions & shooting events, as well as most gun clubs & commercial ranges.

This is a classroom-only course.

Requirements: must be 21 or older and score 90% or better on the written exam

Length: 9 hours

Cost: $175 for the class, plus the NRA credentialing fee ($10-50 depending on whether this is your first NRA rating and whether you’re a member or not[*]).

Note: if you’re a currently-certified NRA instructor or coach in a firearm discipline, you have the option of taking this course online at NRAOnlineTraining.org.


* All first-time instructors, coaches, and range safety officers pay a flat credentialing fee of $50 for a 2-year term. Additional ratings are added at $20 each. Renewals are $50 for a 2-year term regardless of how many ratings are being renewed.

For NRA members, credentialing fees are $30 for a 2-year term. Additional ratings are added at $10 each. Renewals are $30 for a 2-year term regardless of how many ratings are being renewed—click here to join.

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