Range Safety Officer Development Course


Add more safety, credibility, and help your club reduce liability by participating in the NRA Range Safety Officer Program.


What is an NRA Range Safety Officer?


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.


(This course does not encompass the functions and responsibilities of a Range Officer, who conducts NRA competitive shooting events.)


NRA Range Safety Officers must be 21 years of age or older.

The Range Safety Officer course consists of:

Range Safety Officer’s roles and responsibilities,

Range standard operating procedures,

Range inspection and range rules,

Firearm stoppages and malfunctions,

Range Safety Briefings which include emergency procedures.

Candidates must also receive 90 percent or better on the written exam.


Many gun clubs require their members to become RSOs. The reason is that if members have free access to the range, they must be able to police themselves and be responsible for their own safety, as well as that of other members.

You may also work as an RO on public ranges, or in special events.