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Requirements to obtain a training certificate
  1. Prospective firearm owners as well as existing firearm owners, who wish to apply for firearm licence(s) or renew their existing firearm licence(s) must first obtain a Proficiency Certificate from an accredited training provider and the practical testing must be done on an accredited shooting range. SA Wingshooters have reached agreement with training providers to conduct such assessments for members at a special tariff. This list of Preferred Training Providers can be viewed here.

  2. In order to obtain a training certificate for the purpose of renewing your existing firearm licence(s), you must successfully complete the prescribed test on the knowledge of the Firearms Control Act, 2000 (Act No. 60 of 2000). No practical test in handling firearms is required. The Unit Standard number of this test is 117705. On the successful completion of the test on the knowledge of the Act, the training provider will issue you with a Proficiency Certificate. Currently, the SAPS will accept this certificate as proof of your proficiency. Once the bureaucratic processes are completed, this certificate for US 117705 will be issued as a Learner Achievement Certificate by POSLEC SETA. This certificate is valid lifelong.

  3. If you are applying for a new firearm licence it is required that you successfully complete the prescribed test on the knowledge of the Act as well as the practical test on the safe and efficient handling of a firearm. On the successful completion of the test on the knowledge of the Act as well as the practical test on the safe and efficient handling of a firearm, the training provider will forward your information to POSLEC SETA who will issue a Learner Achievement Certificate for the applicable Unit Standards (e.g. '10754 Use of a Shotgun'). These certificates are valid lifelong.

  4. After obtaining the Proficiency Certificate from an accredited training provider in respect of the renewal of an existing firearm licence(s) or the Learner Achievement Certificate from POSLEC SETA in respect of a new application(s) to possess a firearm, you can approach the Designated Firearms Officer (DFO) at the police station nearest to your usual place of residence and apply for a competency certificate.

  5. The details of the training providers and shooting ranges may be obtained from your local police station, the SAPS website (www.saps.gov.za), or can be obtained from the National Firearms Call Centre on (012) 353 6111. See our list of SA Wingshooters' Preferred Training Providers here.