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RIFLE HANDLING CERTIFICATES

The FGASA Advanced Rifle Handling Certificate is aimed at the nature guide who carries a rifle while operating in dangerous game areas, as a Back-up Trails Guide or a Trails Guide (Lead guide). The guide is responsible for the overall safety of the group and functions as either the back-up or the lead trails guide on walks in dangerous game areas.
 
The link between the FGASA Dangerous Game Qualifications and the FGASA Rifle Handling Certificates
The FGASA Rifle Handling Certificates although separate from the Back-up / Lead and Advanced Trails Guide qualifications is directly linked and both certificates expire on the date the ARH expires (every two years). Thus if your ARH competence has not been renewed it means that your Back-up, Trails or Advanced Trails Guide Certificate is not valid.
 
Guides who carry rifles:
Any guide who conducts walking trails in dangerous game areas and carries a rifle (most lodges in Big 5 areas require this) will have to have attained the relevant firearms proficiency unit standards and the FGASA Advanced Rifle Handling Certificate. Companies who require that the employed guides carry rifles to conduct walks in dangerous game areas must ensure that their guides have attained the FGASA Advanced Rifle Handling Certificates.

Companies who insist on their guides carrying rifles to conduct walks in dangerous game areas without having attained the FGASA Advanced Rifle Handling Certificate and/or renewing an expired certificate do so at their own risk without the support of the Association.

 

THE ADVANCED RIFLE HANDLING ASSESSMENTS

This process of assessment for this certificate is designed to ensure that the guide is equipped to deal with emergencies under guiding conditions, and that the correct muscle memory is fixed for the sake of safety and survival.
 
The Aim of the assessments
To assess learners on:
  • Their practical, heavy-calibre rifle handling and shooting skills on a basic and advanced level.
  • Their competence in safely handling and maintaining a heavy calibre rifle in such a way that a charging dangerous animal will be stopped at short distance, should such a situation arise.
  • The safe handling and maintenance of a firearm in accordance with laid down legislation, rules, procedures and conditions.
The FGASA Advanced rifle handling assessments consist of a number of static target shooting exercises and a simulated charge shooting exercise with the appropriate calibre rifle (Refer to the FGASA rifle handling qualifications).


LEGAL REQUIREMENTS FIREARMS CONTROL ACT AND REGULATIONS


Before any FGASA firearm practical assessment can take place you must have already successfully completed the required proficiency Unit Standards – 117705 “Demonstrate knowledge of the Firearms Control Act” and 119651 “Handle and use a manually operated rifle or carbine” - through a Professional Firearm Trainers Council (PFTC) accredited service provider. 
Nb. Before, as a FGASA qualified guide, you may legally be issued with a rifle owned and licenced by a lodge you must have successfully completed a further Unit Standard – 123519 “Handle and use a manually operated rifle or carbine for business purposes”
The ‘Competency Certificate” (the so-called’ White Card but in reality an A4 sheet nowadays) issued, on application, by the SAPS is only required by an individual wishing to purchase their own firearm. This certificate can only be obtained by a South African citizen or a person with South African Permanent Residence.


IMPORTANT

The FGASA rifle handling certificates and specific requirements for the Back-up Trails Guide, the Trails Guide and for SKS(DG) qualification when carrying a rifle can be found in the FGASA Rifle Handling Learner Support Pack.
 
The FGASA Rifle Handling certificates consist of:
  • Basic rifle handling
  • Advanced Trails Guide rifle handling
  • SKS(DG) rifle handling
Remember that the FGASA Basic and Advanced Rifle Handling Certificates expire after a two year period and are renewable by going through another practical shooting assessment with a FGASA ARH assessor.
 


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The FGASA offices will be closed from 12 Dec 2014 and will re-open on 14 Jan 2015.







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