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Licensing Info

Competency Training

Competency training is offered at accredited firearm training centres.

The process is

Payment and registration will take place at the training centre as registration documents need to be completed. At registration the training material will be issued applicable to the firearm type the student would like to licence (Handgun, shotgun or rifle).

Once registration is completed the student will have to complete the Self-study portion at home.

Most students take two weeks to complete the Self-study.

Once the Self-Study is completed the student will then contact the training centre to make an appointment for their assessment.

On the day of assessment the student will attend a lecture on the self-study material they covered and also participate in a practical session.

In the practical session the student will be taught how to handle the firearm safely and also be taught how to fire the firearm accurately.

Once the Instructor is happy with the students handling of the firearm a qualification shoot will be done and the closed book test will be done.

On successful completion the training centre will award the student the competency training certificates and the application can then be done at the police.

Applying for Competency.

Prior to applying for a competency certificate the applicant must successfully complete the relevant proficiency training at an accredited PFTC/SAPS training center. The applicant must be 21 years of age or older (unless there are compelling reasons for the person to obtain competency for a firearm license). The applicant must be a South African citizen. Below is a list of documentation that you will need to submit with your competency certificate application. Please note that your local designated firearms officer (DFO) may have slightly different requirements and may request additional information. Prepare copies beforehand as most SAPS offices do not have facilities to make copies of your documents. If the original document is not presented, all copies must be certified.

  • SAP 517 application form.
  • 2 x copies of identity document.
  • 2 x full color passport size photographs.
  • Proof of residential address.
  • Copy of training certificates; SASSETA or statement of results.
  • 3 x written testimonials.
  • 2 x Clear color photos of the safe in which you will be storing the firearm.
  • R 70 cash

Applying for a license

The applicant must be a South African citizen. The applicant must be 21 years of age or older (unless there are compelling reasons for the person to obtain competency for a firearm license) Below is a list of documentation that you will need to supply with your firearm license application.

  • Prepare copies beforehand as most SAPS offices do not have facilities to make copies of your documents.
  • SAP 271 application form.
  • 2 x copies of identity document.
  • 2 x full color passport size photos.
  • Proof of residential address.
  • Copy of training certificates; SASSETA or statement of results.
  • Copy of current relevant competency certificate.
  • Section 15 – Occasional hunter/Sport shooter: 2 X hunting/sport letters.
  • Section 16 – Dedicated hunter/Sport shooter: Copies of valid section 16 status.
  • Section 16- Endorsement for the applicable firearm from shooting club.
  • 2 x Clear color photographs of the safe in which you will be storing the firearm.
  • A motivation per license application.
  • R140 cash per license application.
  • Any additional documentation that supports your application.

Private tuition is also available.

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