NRA Range Development & Operations Course Description

Course Description

The NRA Range Development & Operations Online Course is designed to educate potential and current range owners and operators in identifying potential problems associated with range development, environmental issues, and safety. A key element for advancement in any profession is continuing education. Today's shooting range operator needs the savvy of a businessman, the wisdom of a firearms enthusiast, and the knowledge of a health and safety professional. Participants will receive a multidisciplinary perspective on major topics such as:

    • EPA Lead Standards
    • Grants
    • Construction
    • Sound Abatement
    • Master Planning
    • Range Maintenance
    • Range Safety
    • NRA Programs

Course Prerequisites

No prerequisites


    1. Introduction
    2. Indoor Range Construction
    3. Outdoor Range Construction
    4. Environmental Management
    5. Environmental Sound at Ranges
    6. The Range Design and Construction Process
    7. Developing a Community Relations Program
    8. Regulations and Agencies
    9. Shooting Range Safety and Health
    10. Range Maintenance
    11. NRA Programs and Resources

Online Course Delivery

This course is taken and completed online using a computer.  You can take the course at any time, 24/7 from any computer using your log-in and password.  If you exit the course before completing it, when you return you can pick up where you left off.  This course is comprised of instructional screens combined with audio narration that serves as the voice of the instructor.  

Technical Requirements

Most computers will already come with the software required to take this course.

    • Adobe Flash Player - at least version 10 
    • JavaScript must be enabled on your browser - this feature is enabled by default in most computer browsers
    • Browsers: Internet Explorer 9 or above, Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera
    • Audio playback capability
    • Adobe PDF Reader

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Course Materials & Resources

All the materials for this course are electronic and are saved in the Adobe PDF file format.

There are no required reading materials for this program.

By registering for this course you will receive in the mail a complimentary copy of the NRA Range Source Book for reference. The Range Source Book provides both basic and advanced guidance to assist in the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of shooting range facilities. The Source Book discusses methods and technologies which may result in a fuller use of range operations. Ranges are categorized by the type of construction, shooting activity, target, firearms and ammunition to be used on the facility.

Course Completion

You must complete all eleven lessons and a short electronically administered test with an 80% pass rate in order to receive a certificate for Range Development & Operations.  If you do not pass the course the first time you will be able to repeat the test until you pass. Once you pass the course you will be directed to receive a completion certificate that you can save as a file and/or print. 

Course Expiration

You will have access to this program for 30 days from the start of your enrollment date after which access expires.

Course Disclaimer

It is important to note that The National Rifle Association does NOT certify or in any way approve ranges or range designs for any purpose. While every effort has been made to provide up-to-date technical information, this online course is in no way to be used as a substitute for, or in lieu of, consultation with architects, engineers, and attorneys who should be called upon to make specific recommendations for individual range design, construction, and use of shooting ranges.

You must be a legal citizen of the United States in order to take this course.

I affirm the following:

    • I am a citizen of the United States or a lawful permanent resident of the United States;
    • I am not an employee of any foreign corporation, business association, partnership, trust, society or any other entity or group that is not incorporated or organized to do business in the United States, or any international organization, foreign government or any agency or subdivision of a foreign government (e.g., diplomatic mission); and
    • I may lawfully attend this school and lawfully receive assistance, training, data and information regarding firearm ranges; I have read and understand the requirements and restrictions on attending this training and the information I have provided is true and accurate.

Course Registration and Payment

Price:  $300

Payment for this course is conducted using a credit card. After the credit transaction is approved you will be automatically registered in this course and you can begin taking the course immediately.

Refund Policy: This course is non-refundable.


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