How it works

The Process

The process is outlined as below - please note this is a general guideline and may change in future. You must follow these steps in order to recieve a Certificate of completion as well as a Statement of Results.

  1. Registration: To begin your training, you must register – this requires payment for the course as well as your ID document. We provide training for the four different firearm categories including: Handgun (revolver & pistol), Shotgun, Manual-Rifle and Self-loading Rifle.
  2. Once registered, you will receive training material. The training material includes "homework" – an open book test that must be completed in your own time. You will be required to self-study this material – course outlines specify the minimum number of hours you need to study each unit standard.
  3. Upon completing the "homework", you will be required to book an appointment with our offices at your earliest convenience. Basic training takes approximately one working day, while intermediate training takes approximately two working days.
  4. Once you have successfully completed the training, you will be issued with a Proficiency Certificate as well as your Statement of Results. You may then apply for competency to possess a firearm, at your local Police Station (SAPS).

Please note: The South African Police Service (SAPS) will require an original profiency certificate issued by an accredited training provider as well as an Statement of Results (SOR) from the South African Professional Firearm Trainers Council (SAPFTC) when applying for a Competency Certificate, firearm licence or authorization.

Reprints

Reprints of Proficiency Certificates and Statements of Results

According to current legislation, accredited training providers must archive portfolios of evidence of all students dating back up to 6 years. Therefore, if you received your training from FCATC in the last 6 years, we will still have your records on file. We will therefore be able to reprint your Proficiency Certificate as well as your Statement of Results.

FCATC can re-print Proficiency Certificates as well as Statements of Results subject to meeting certain pre-required conditions as required by the South African Professional Firearm Trainers Council (SAPFTC).

The quality assurance body was previously SASSETA, but this function has since been awarded to the South African Professional Firearm Trainers Council (SAPFTC) or simply (PFTC), SASSETA relinquished the quality assurance function to the South African Professional Firearm Trainers Council (SAPFTC) during 2014.