Firearms practical training

The firearms practical training course is a two hour session delivered by firearms instructors from the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council at venues across the country. The course will provide you with hands-on experience in safe handling and use of a firearm.

Note: You need to pass the firearms theory test before you are able to book on the firearms practical training course.

How to book on the firearms practical training course

From mid-July you will be able to book firearms practical training courses in your area. The booking service is administered by the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council. We will update this page when bookings are available.

What to take with you when you attend the practical training

  • Your letter from New Zealand Police confirming that you can undertake the firearms safety programme.
  • Your firearms theory test result issued by AA or VTNZ showing that you’ve passed.
    Note: Email us at firearms.safety.programme@police.govt.nz, or contact your nearest Arms Office, if you’ve lost your confirmation letter or theory test result and we’ll send you a replacement.
  • Proof of your identity such as your current New Zealand passport or New Zealand driver licence. Check the identification requirements if you don’t have either of these.

What NOT to take with you

Do not take any firearms with you. Deactivated firearms will be provided by your firearms instructor. There is no live firing of firearms in this course.

When you attend the firearms practical training course

You need to present the letter from Police confirming that you can undertake the firearms safety programme, your firearms theory test result and proof of your identity to the firearms instructor running the course.

The firearms practical training is a two hour course that covers safe handling and use of firearms. During the course, you’ll have an opportunity to practice:

  • safety precautions and general handling skills with different types of firearms
  • safe carriage of firearms, including checking the firearm is safe and placing or removing it from a rifle carry bag, transit case or a vehicle
  • states of readiness (load, action, instant, unload).

Note: There is no live firing of firearms in this course.

As a result of this training you’ll understand how to handle and use a firearm safely. Your firearms instructor will work with you during the course to help you with any safety concerns.

You don’t need to let Police know that you’ve attended the course as we will be automatically notified.

What happens when you complete the firearms practical training

Police will contact you to arrange a time to interview you and check your firearms security. We will also arrange to interview your referees and complete any remaining enquiries. After that, Police will evaluate whether to approve your firearms licence application.