The Learner Manual and the
Trainer Pack for the Dedicated
Award Scheme of SA Wingshooters
for Dedicated Hunters
are available from the office. A complimentary set was handed to officials of
the Central Firearms Registry.
SA Wingshooters can assess members who did not
previously qualify for Dedicated
Hunter status. The Training
Pack is for use by the association's
trainers and is a companion
pack to the Learner Manual.
According to the Chairman of SA Wingshooters, Dr
Raoul van der Westhuizen, the Manual was compiled
and adapted from the Proficiency Award Scheme of the British Association for
Shooting and Conservation.
'This enabled SA Wingshooters to produce
a world class outcome-based manual that meets international standards,'
he said. 'Without the generous help of the BASC, it would have taken
years to produce and wingshooters would have been unable to achieve
Dedicated Hunter Status.'
'It is important to realise that Dedicated Hunter status is conferred under the Firearms Control Act and as such is not intended as a training of hunters or wingshooters. In the first place, it is about safety and conduct in the field. The first objective of the Manual is to ensure that we all talk the same language and act the same way in the field and follow the Codes of Conduct and the Laws of the Land.'
The Dedicated Hunter certification is available to members of SA Wingshooters at R199 per certification, which includes the Dedicated Manual, free Registration for Assessment,
two free assessment attempts and, if successful, the free issuing of the Dedicated
Award and Dedicated Hunter Certificate (the practical shoot assessment fees are separate and payable to the assessor). RPL Members who are already Dedicated Hunters under Recognition of Prior Learning may want
to buy the book purely for interest's sake. It is worthwhile reading and highlights
some very important issues!
To order by phone: +27 (0)11 781 3613
- Apply for the Dedicated Award assessment witb SA Wingshooters (R199 incl).
The manual will be provided, and your registration, learnership, and theoretical assessment costs are included.
- Claim RPL and study the Manual.
- Register for an Assessment for
the Dedicated Award (Theoretical
The registration for this assessment
is free of charge. The theoretical assessment is done on-line and if successfully completed, the practical assessment may be undertaken.
- Obtain a Clay Shooting Certificate
You must shoot a total score of at least 50% on two
rounds of 25 targets per round of
a standard certified clay target shooting discipline (e.g. Trap or Compak). In addition confirmation must be provided by the shooting accessor that
the candidate meets standard clay
shooting safety requirements.
- If the assessment is
successful, the Dedicated Award is
registered free of charge.
- The Dedicated Hunter Certificate is issued after ratification by Exco.
The Firearms Control Act 60 of 2000 requires that the holder of a Dedicated Hunter Certificate must participate in ‘dedicated activities’ in order to maintain the Dedicated Hunter status. The Act also requires that the accredited association (SA Wingshooters) must have a ‘dedicated process’ in place to monitor the continued participation of Dedicated Hunters in such ‘dedicated activities’. This is the reason why dedicated members are required to submit a Dedicated Activities Report (see above right) annually to SA Wingshooters at the latest by the end of September.
The Association has no choice and this report is a compulsory requirement by law and a must to maintain your Dedicated Hunter status.