Firearms practical training

The firearms practical training course is a two and 1/2 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 on the safe handling and use of a firearm.

The Practical course booking kiosk is located at www.firearmsafety.org.nz.

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

You can book online through www.firearmsafety.org.nz to attend a firearms practical training course in your area. The booking service is administered by the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council.

When you book:

  • Enter the ID printed on your firearms theory test result (issued by AA or VTNZ).
  • Please mention on the booking form if you have any special requirements.
  • Create a password so that you can cancel or change your course date or location at a later date if you need to. You need to cancel your original booking before you can book a new time.

Alternatively, you can send an email to firearms@mountainsafety.org.nz to book on a course that’s convenient for you.

You will be sent reminders to attend the course before the scheduled course date.

Practical training course cancellations

If you cannot attend the firearms practical training course you’re booked on, please cancel your booking as soon as possible as places are limited.

If you created a password when you booked on the course you can cancel your booking online at www.firearmsafety.org.nz. Select the Log In option at the top right of the page and log in.

If you didn’t create a password or didn’t book online, send an email to firearms@mountainsafety.org.nz or phone the course co-ordinator on 0800 GUN SAFE (0800 486 7233).

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.