NRA Chief Range Safety Officer

Take your skills to the next level by becoming a Chief Range Safety Officer! The NRA Chief Range Safety Officer (RSO) Course is an instructor course that allows you to teach and certify NRA RSOs. Many instructors are Chief RSOs generating more income by developing RSOs and other range personnel in the aspects of target shooting, training, competitive shooting and range supervision. Engaged shooters and individuals who have been assigned to oversee range safety will learn more and become responsible for the safety of fellow shooters through this program. The GOAL of the NRA Chief RSO course is to develop NRA Chief RSOs who possess knowledge, skills, and the attitude essential to organizing, conducting, and effectively supervising various types of shooting activities and range operations safely.


Chief RSOs fill a vital need on the range and are certified instructors. Chief RSOs supervise RSOs to ensure that shooters follow the range’s regulations to reduce property damage and personal injury. Chief RSOs often have the responsibility to act when circumstances require it. The Chief RSO is the range’s official on the firing line to ensure safety and to help shooters.

NRA Chief Range Safety Officer

NRA Chief Range Safety Officer Course

Students will receive the NRA Range Safety Officer Course Handbook
along with instruction in the classroom covering the following topics:

  • Introduction of NRA Basic Range Safety Officer Course
  • The Role of the NRA Range Safety Officer
  • Range Standard Operating Procedures
  • Range Inspection and Range Rules
  • Range Safety Briefing Emergency Procedures
  • Firearm Stoppages and Malfunctions
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NRA Membership is NOT required to become a NRA Instructor. However, being an NRA member does expedite the process of becoming an Instructor.

This is a hands on, non-live fire course with numerous practical exercises designed to allow students to experience many different firearm action types and participate in practical exercises to prepare for the Chief RSO role. Students will receive coaching and feedback on the practical exercises conducted during the course.

Course Schedule & Requirements

Our NRA Chief RSO Instructor Course is a two day course and covers all the prerequisites to certify you as a Chief RSO. If you already completed some of the prerequisites, you may not need to attend both days. Chief RSO candidates MUST have completed the Basic Instructor Training (BIT) within the past two years. You must provide a valid BIT card in order for YOU to attend day 1.

Day 1- NRA Range Safety Officer. If you already completed this course, you must show proof by providing us with an active certificate. A discount of $50 will apply upon providing proof of completion. Failure to provide us the certificate requires you to attend day 1. 

Day 2- NRA Chief Range Safety Officer. You must attend, complete and pass the course.

What to bring to the class:

  • Note taking gear
  • Tablet or laptop
  • Drinks & snacks

Cost per student $400