Proficiency Training is a crucial prerequisite for individuals seeking a new firearm license within the framework of the Firearms Control Act (Act 60 of 2000) and its subsequent amendments. This training is designed to assess the applicant’s understanding of the legal stipulations outlined in the act and their proficiency in safely handling a specific firearm.
It’s important to note that proficiency training can only be administered by Accredited Training Providers who have obtained accreditation from the Professional Firearms Training Council (PFTC).
The National Hunting and Shooting Association (NHSA) recommends completing at least five common unit standards, which include:
- Knowledge of the Act (mandatory for all applicants)
- Use of a Handgun
- Use of a Rifle
- Use of a Shotgun
- Use of a Self-loading Rifle or Carbine
It’s essential to safeguard the proficiency training certificates issued by your chosen training provider. Failure to do so may necessitate retraining if your original provider ceases operations.