Private Use and Competency
Private citizens who would like to license a firearm for self-defence need to complete two unit standards. The first is the Knowledge of the Act (U/S 117705), and the second in the basic unit standard for the firearm they wish to license. For example; if a person would like to license a handgun for self-defence; then the Handle & Use a Handgun (U/S 119649) unit standard must be completed as well as unit standard 117705.
The Knowledge of the Act unit standard will cover the legalities around licensing a firearm for self-defence as well as aspects of the Firearms Control Act 60 of 2000. This unit standard requires that the learner complete two written tests; one formative exam (open book with no time limit imposed) and a summative exam (closed book exam in the classroom environment after classroom-based training has taken place).
The basic unit standard, for e.g. Handle & Use a Handgun covers the law pertaining to the actual use of the firearm, the parts & functions of the firearm, maintenance and malfunctions, and the fundamentals required to accurately and safely use the firearm. The learner is required to complete both a formative and summative exam as with the 117705 unit standard and must also complete a practical qualification shoot on the shooting range in order to be found competent against the requirements of the unit standard.
Once you have completed these unit standards; you will receive a certificate from the Training Provider who presented your training, together with a Statement of Results (SoR) from the Quality Assurer; the Professional Firearm Trainers Council. Both these documents will be issued to you by the Training Provider and are required for the Application of your Competency Certificate. Your Training Provider can assist you with your application for Competency if required.
Once your Competency Certificate has been issued (which should take approximately 90 days); you may apply for your firearm license. You can track your application here.
For more information regarding these applications and for the respective application forms; please visit the SAPS site.
The business purposes unit standards are geared towards people who will, through the application of the current legislation; handle and use a firearm within a business environment. This may include security personnel, armed response guards, personnel working in gun-shops, casinos or airports where firearms must be booked in for safe-keeping or repair work etc.
Anyone wanting to apply for a Dealers Competency or a Competency to Trade in Firearms/Ammunition must have completed the business purposes unit standards.
Business Purposes unit standard training is scheduled as required. Please contact the office for more information: email@example.com
Qualify as a Range Officer by completing the Supervise Shooting Exercises unit standard. This training applies to all individuals who wish to supervise the operation of a shooting range or shooting exercises whether in a sport-shooting or firearms training environment. Candidates will be taught how to effectively control a shooting range, run a detail and ensure the safety of all shooters and spectators.
It is recommended that the Supervise Shooting Exercises unit standard be completed before the Instructor unit standard is completed.
The Range Officer unit standard is usually run as part of the ITA Instructor Program. Please contact the office about dates should you wish to attend the training section that covers this unit standard only. firstname.lastname@example.org
Tactical awareness, decision-making and shooting while on the move. These unit standards are geared towards equipping individuals and tactical teams with the skills required to perform in a tactical environment. ITA provides a diverse tactical course which covers all the criteria of the four tactical unit standards and more!
We’re passionate about firearm training and the tactical unit standards broaden the spectrum of skill sets, equipment and hands-on practical experience we are able to share with our candidates.
Tactical Range Officer
Develop your ability to supervise shooting exercises (learnt on the Range Officer Course) by completing the Tactical Range Officer unit standard. Candidates who hold this qualification are able to supervise the operation of a shooting range or shooting exercises in respect of the tactical use of firearms.
The Tactical Range Officer unit standard is usually run as part of ITA’s full Tactical Course. Please contact the office about dates should you wish to attend the training section that covers this unit standard only: email@example.com