About Training and Education

BASC aims to promote and protect shooting activities by establishing and maintaining high standards through education, training and best practice.



  • To establish the credentials and standards of skilled networks of trainers and assessors so that the work they do has public credibility.
  • To anticipate and respond to demand from members and other shooters for awards such as Shotgun Safe Shot.
  • To work with other national bodies, such as Lantra – the national training organisation for land-based industries.

Benefits to members

  • Work with government, other shooting organisations and stakeholders to reach a consensus on standards within the sport and represent our members’ interests.
  • Provide members with access to high quality training opportunities covering all shooting disciplines, to help self-regulate shooting activities.
  • Coordinate the production of educational resources and activities for members, the general public, schools and colleges to help safeguard the future of shooting.
  • Coordinate BASC Young Shots programmes to encourage the next generation of shooters.
  • Provide specialist advice on training, education, qualifications, health and safety, rifle shooting, clay shooting, airgun shooting, food hygiene and shotgun coaching.


Please contact us on: 01244 573 019 or email us.

Training and education

Your confirmation letter will give you the start time of your course but the majority of courses start at 9.30 a.m. Refreshments are usually available from 9 a.m. 

All courses must be paid for in full when making your booking.

In the case of shotguns, you must hold a valid shotgun certificate. You may attend with a shotgun loaned to you by another certificate holder under the 72 hour rule.

In respect of rifles, you must hold a valid firearm certificate authorising the possession of the rifle. The conditions on the certificate must authorise the use of the rifle at the training venue for the purpose of the course (either target shooting or live quarry and zeroing – dependent upon the course). If your certificate restricts where you can use your rifle, (the closed condition) you will not be able use it on a course.

Please contact the training and education department on 01244 573 018 giving as much notice as possible. 

Please refer to our course cancellation policy regarding any refund which may be due. You may be given the option to transfer to another date/venue, subject to availability.

If your course is attendance only you should receive your certificate within two weeks of the course date. If your course involves assessments and/or examinations, please allow four weeks from the date of the course.

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