Private Firearm owners wanting to apply for Competency and Firearm Licenses in South Africa

The first step would be to find a Training Provider who is accredited with the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the Professional Firearm Trainers Council (PFTC). You can ask the Training Centre of proof that they are accredited.

Once you have found an accredited Training Centre in your area, establish what training you would like to do. Make sure that your Instructor and Assessor is accredited to provide you with the training you require.

Feel free to contact any of GFT Affiliated Training Providers for all your firearm related needs!

How the Process Works

STEP 1 – Registration : Visit any Accredited Training Providers to register.  To register the training provider will require a Copy of your ID and payment.
STEP 2 – Self-Study : Once registered you will receive your training manuals.  You are required to do self-study and complete the OPEN book exam provided, BEFORE attending a class.  All the answers can be found in the training manual.
STEP 3 – Appointment : Once you are done with the self-study and OPEN book exam, you can contact your Training Provider to book your appointment.  On the arranged date you will have a class session where a lecture will be presented, and all questions answered that you might have. The lecture will also contain practical demonstrations and exercises.  After completion of the lecture, you will write a CLOSED book exam based on the same questions that were contained in the OPEN book exam.

BASIC training usually takes a full day 8am – 4.30pm. Theory (CLOSED book exam) and practical exams are conducted on the same day. BUSINESS unit standards are conducted over 2 days.

STEP 4 – Certificate : On successful completion of the proficiency training, we issue you with your certificate and statement of results (SOR).  You can then apply for a Competency Certificate from the SAPS precinct closest to your home.
STEP 5 – Competency : You can now apply for a Competency Certificate from the SAPS precinct closest to your home.
STEP 6 – Firearm Licence : Once your Competency Certificate has been issued (which should take approximately 90 days); you may apply for your firearm license at SAPS.  Here you will need to supply the serial numbers of the firearm for which you are applying for a license.