Training program

New members are granted Provisional Membership status (unless accepted as a transferee) while they complete the training program. Upon commencement of the induction program, a new member may apply for a Probationary Pistol Licence (PPL) from the NSW Firearms Registry (FAR).

Once a PPL from FAR is obtained, new members are given Probationary Club Membership status until such time as the requirements to gain a full pistol licence from FAR have been fulfilled. Upon receipt of the full pistol licence from FAR, full Club membership is granted.

The training program covers:

  • safe firearm handling, transport and storage
  • individual responsibilities and obligations
  • club, range and match procedures
  • correct shooting technique

A Compliance Record is maintained throughout the training program noting attendance, scores and progress. At the conclusion of the program, applicants undergo a written examination.

Apply for membership

  • What happens
    • Fill in Membership Application form
    • Bring your documentation to the Club on a Saturday between 12:00 noon and 2:00pm; ask for the Duty Officer who will arrange for you to be shown around the Club facilities, explain in more detail the training program and the required commitment and answer any of your questions.
  • Documentation required/provided
    • Application form
    • 2 written character references addressed to St Ives Pistol Club from people over 18 who have known you for at least two years and who are not work colleagues or close relatives.
    • Joining fee

Application form processed

Induction Nights held three times a year - early February, May and August

  • What happens
    • Introductory address by senior Committee Member
    • Request to the Firearms Registry for your PPL application forms is made on-line
    • FAR do background checks and issue application forms in due course
    • Other standard forms completed
    • Information on training and pistol shooting and club membership provided
    • Club Members Reference Manual provided
    • Digital photo taken for club provisional membership card
    • Pay balance of club membership fees
    • You are now a Provisional Member of the Club
  • Documentation required/provided
    • 2 passport size photos of you
    • 2 passport size photos of your parent/guardian for juniors
    • Completed Form P650 and other Firearms Registry forms (provided by club)
    • Club key and training manual (Members Reference Manual)

Coaching Seminar No 1 a Sunday soon after Induction Night - 9:00am - 3:30pm

  • What happens
    • Introduction
    • The Law explained
    • Club procedures explained
    • Introduction to pistol shooting
    • Basic techniques
    • Safety presentation
    • Introduction to air pistol shooting on range
    • Requirement for eye and ear protection and a shooting box explained
  • Documentation required/provided
    • Date and signature from coach in Compliance Record in the ʻBlue Bookʼ
    • Green SIPC membership card provided with card holder, lanyard and Club cap
    • Range Roster, Range Standing Orders and copy of Club magazine, Sightline, emailed

Air pistol shoots

  • What happens
    • Two one hour air pistol practice sessions (directly supervised by coach)
    • Four air pistol "matches": 60 shots in 1.5 hours men and 40 shots in 1 hour ladies and juniors (supervised by coaches)
    • Scores entered into the Club scoring kiosks
  • Documentation required/provided
    • Dates and signatures from coaches or committee members in Compliance Record in the ʻBlue Bookʼ
    • Safe Handling Completion Certificate prepared by coaches and kept in the ‘Blue Book’

Coaching Seminar No 2 8th or 9th Sunday after Seminar 1 - 9:00am - 3:30pm

  • What happens
    • Range commands and safety
    • Introduction to cartridge pistols, action types and mechanical features
    • Introduction to .22cal precision shooting on range
  • Documentation required/provided
    • Date and signature from coach in Compliance Record in the ʻBlue Book

Application for Probationary License

  • What happens 
    • At some point during training, PPL application forms will be received from FAR (request for forms was made on Induction Night)
    • Get endorsement on forms from Club Captain, Secretary or President
    • Return completed forms to FAR with the Safe Handling Completion Certificate (copies kept)
  • Documentation required/provided
    • Application Form P561 (sent by FAR)
    • Safe Handling Completion Certificate signed by Club

Probationary license issued after a minimum 28 day cooling off period after application received by FAR

  • What happens
    • FAR complete background checks and issue probationary license letter
    • Present letter and payment at the RMS for Probationary Pistol License
  • Documentation required/provided
    • Probationary license letter (from FAR)
    • Probationary Pistol License (from RMS)

Attend one regular club match

  • What happens
    • Observe and assist Range Officer in conduct of a .22 or Centre Fire match
  • Documentation required/provided
    • Date and signature from coach or committee member in Compliance Record in the ʻBlue Book'

Coaching Seminar No 3 2nd Sunday after Seminar 2 - 9:00am - 3:30pm

  • What happens
    • Revision of all course material
    • Participate in Standard Pistol Match (coaches will assess your performance)
    • BBQ lunch
    • You take and pass a written exam
  • Documentation required/provided
    • Date and signature from coach in Compliance Record in the ʻBlue Bookʼ
    • Receive NSW Amateur Pistol Association Blue Book (confirming your affiliation to NSWAPA)

.22 matches within 8 weeks after Seminar 3

  • What happens
    • Three full .22 matches (standard, sport pistol or rapid fire - supervised by Range Officer)
    • Enter each match in the FAR Safety Training (PPL) Course Completion Certificate
    • Enter each match score in the scoring kiosk
  • Documentation required/provided
    • Date and signature from coach or committee member in Compliance Record in the ʻBlue Bookʼ and on FAR Safety Training (PPL) Course Completion Certificate

Fulfil FAR and SIPC final requirements

  • What happens
    • You have demonstrated understanding of safety and suitability for full membership
    • You are now a Full Member
  • Documentation required/provided
    • Date and signature from coach or committee member in Compliance Record in the ʻBlue Bookʼ
    • FAR Safety Training (PPL) Course Completion Certificate, certifying training requirements have been met, for FAR (issued by Club Captain or President)

You have had your Probationary license for 6 months

  • What happens
    • You must have safe storage meeting FAR requirements
    • You may make up to two purchases of pistols (but not a rimfire and centre fire together)
    • You must still shoot under supervision of a full license holder
  • Documentation required/provided
    • Permit to Acquire (PTA Form P563) endorsed by Club Captain, Secretary or President

You have had your Probationary license for 12 months

  • What happens
    • You may apply for full license using documentation sent by FAR
    • When full license is received you can shoot but still under supervision of a full licence holder, supervise others shooters, and be rostered for formal Range Officer duty (one Saturday per year)
  • Documentation required/provided
    • Application form sent by FAR prior to expiry of Probationary license
    • White SIPC membership card (after advising club of license number)