Once you have been accepted as a member and paid your fees, you can start training that will help you obtain your Cat H (handgun) licence. This involves twelve sessions over six months. The regulations regarding firearms training require the training to be completed in six months, so you should be prepared to make this a priority. If you don’t complete the training in the six month period, you may need to start all over again.
The first stage requires you to attend four sessions on the first four Sunday mornings of your scheduled month. These must be attended sequentially, as each one builds on the experience of the last. To book in for this first stage, contact the Chief Instructor at email@example.com. If you do not get a quick response then please check your spam folder.
(There is a slight variation here for NSW residents, who must attend the first session to complete a Safe Handling Certificate, then apply for a NSW Probationary Pistol license. Once the NSW Probationary License is received, you then start your training. Note that there may be a 4-6 week delay from completing the Safe Handling Certificate to receiving the Probationary License. SSPC is unable to commence the 12 training sessions for NSW members until they have their Probationary License.)
After the first four sessions have been completed you are required to attend seven sessions across most of the different shooting disciplines offered by the club (i.e. Action, Air Pistol, Black Powder, Field Pistol, ISSF, Metallic Silhouette, Practical/IPSC, Service and 25yd Service).
When you have completed all of these 11 sessions you demonstrate what you have learned in an exam which is conducted as the 12th session and, on passing, the club will recommend that you be issued with a Category H firearm license. Once you have that license you can be supported in an application to possess your first pistol.
Arranging Your Training Rotations
After completing the first four modules of the training course you are required to attend seven sessions across the different shooting disciplines offered by the club These are held at different times and different days so you will need to arrange your own timetable in discussion with the various coordinators. If you strike any problems accessing a discipline group contact the Chief Instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Air Pistol: third Tuesday each month, 1630-1830 contact email@example.com
- Black Powder: contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- NRA Action: contact email@example.com
- Field Pistol: contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- ISSF: first Saturday 1030 contact email@example.com
- Practical/IPSC third Sunday 1000-1300 contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Metallic Silhouette contact email@example.com
- Service: second Saturday 1000 contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- 25yd Service: fourth Saturday 0830-1200 contact email@example.com