By Kerrin Brinkman | May 10 2011 13:48
Competitive Shooting staff gathers for a Chief Range Safety Officer course at NRA Headquarters on NRAblog.

NRA staff and volunteers are always continuing their education, which sometimes means adding a new title to their list of credentials. For one group, this meant taking a Chief Range Safety Officer (CRSO) Course here at NRA Headquarters.

Three Competitive Shooting Division and one Education & Training Division staff members completed the training along with a Competitive Shooting Volunteer. Led by Training Department staffers Steve Hoback and Sean Thornton, the group used the eight hour course to focus on learning the role of a Chief Range Safety Officer, who teaches others to become Range Safety Officers (RSO). As new CRSOs, they will use their skills to teach RSOs to run ranges at various competitions and shooting events.

"This training is useful for anyone who is going to be supervising other Range Safety Officers, whether it's during a competition or while hosting an event at a local range," said NRA Air Gun Coordinator Jessi McClain. "We'll use this training to teach other staff and volunteers down the line."

The course uses both classroom lectures and practical exercises to make students comfortable and competent teachers, such as having students teach each other basic RSO functions such as showing others how to safely unload a firearm.

If you're interested in becoming a Range Safety Officer or Chief Range Safety Officer, check out the program's website. You'll not only be an asset to your range or club, but also to the shooters you supervise.

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