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 11:30am and 2:00pm; ask for the Secretary or 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 (6.30pm sharp)

  • What happens
    • Introductory address by senior Committee Member
    • Information on pistol shooting, training and Club membership provided
    • Standard Firearms Registry (FAR) forms completed (P650, etc.)
    • Club Members Reference Manual provided
    • Club gate key provided, and use explained
    • You are now a P650 Member of the Club
  • Documentation required/provided
    • 2 passport size photos of you (provided by you)
    • 2 passport size photos of your parent/guardian for juniors (provided by you)
    • Completed Form P650 and other FAR forms (provided by club) kept in the "Blue Book"
    • Club training manual (Members Reference Manual - provided by Club)
    • Gate key with instructions (provided by Club)

Coaching Seminar No 1 a Sunday soon after Induction Night - 8:30am - 3:30pm

  • What happens
    • Introduction
    • The Law explained
    • Club and training 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
    • On satisfactory performance, Pistol Safe Handling Course Completion Certificate issued; required for licence application
    • Receive Certificate of Club Membership (Genuine Reason); required for licence application 
    • Membership Officer issues “What to do” instruction sheet.
    • Online application process for Probationary Pistol Licence (PPL) through Service NSW explained. This must be carried out within the following few days and requires the Certificate of Club Membership, the Pistol Safe Handling Course Completion Certificate and licence fee (currently at $100).
  • Documentation required/provided
    • Date and signature from coach in Compliance Record in the "Blue Book"
    • Temporary Club P650 membership card provided with card holder, lanyard and Club cap
    • Attention is drawn to the Range Roster, Range Standing Orders and Club magazine, ‘Sightline’ which are all accessible on the Club website but not in hard copy; an email with links to the various pages on the website is emailed to each member
    • Pistol Safe Handling Course Completion Certificate prepared by coaches and issued to member; copy kept in ‘Blue Book’
    • Certificate of Club Membership with Genuine Reason provided by Membership Officer.

Air pistol shootsbetween Seminars 1 and 2 on Saturdays (10:00am – 2:00pm)

  • What happens
    • Two one hour air pistol training sessions (directly supervised by coach)
    • Four air pistol "matches": 60 shots in 1.5 hours for adults and 40 shots in 1 hour for juniors (supervised by coaches)
    • Scores entered into the Club scoring system
  • Documentation required/provided
    • Dates and signatures from coaches or committee members in Compliance Record in the "Blue Book"

Coaching Seminar No 2 usually 8th Sunday after Seminar 1 - 8:30am - 3:30pm

  • What happens
    • Discussion on what has been learned to date
    • Range commands and safety explained
    • Introduction to cartridge pistols, action types and mechanical features
    • Revision of all course material
    • Sausage Sizzle lunch provided by Club
    • You take and pass a multiple-choice written exam
  • Documentation required/provided
    • Date and signature from coach in Compliance Record in the "Blue Book"

Next Step in your Application for Probationary Pistol License (PPL)

  • What happens 
    • At some point during training, and after the mandatory 28 day “cooling off” period, a letter from FAR will be received requiring the member to attend a Service NSW office to have their photo taken for the PPL. The visit to the Service NSW office must be carried out within the following few days. The licence itself will arrive within 5-15 business days. The date of attendance must be recorded by the member and entered in the ‘Blue Book’ when convenient.
  • Documentation required/provided
    • Letter from FAR 
    • You must advise the Secretary of the date of attendance at Service NSW, your licence (PPL) number and expiry date, once received.

Attend one regular club matchfirst Saturday after Seminar 2 - 11:00am – 3:00pm

  • What happens
    • Observe and assist Range Officer in conduct of a cartridge pistol match (1 - 1.5 hours)
  • Documentation required/provided
    • Date and signature from coach or committee member in Compliance Record in the "Blue Book"

Coaching Seminar No 3 - Introduction to Cartridge Pistolsusually 2nd Saturday after Seminar 2 - 9:00am - 3:30pm

  • What happens
    • Participate in Sport Pistol Match on range (coaches will guide and assess your performance) (Morning)
    • Issue of relevant documents and instruction by the Membership Officer on what further is required to complete your course
    • Participate in Standard Pistol Match on range (coaches will guide and assess your performance) (Afternoon)
    • Record your scores in the Club database scoring system
  • Documentation required/provided
    • Date and signature from coach in Compliance Record in the "Blue Book"
    • Receive NSW Amateur Pistol Association ‘Blue Book’ (confirming your affiliation to NSW Amateur Pistol Association). (These are issued to the Club by the NSWAPA and may have been distributed earlier in the course.)
    • Club Membership Card issued
    • Membership Officer explains and issues "What to do" instruction sheet for the Completion Certificate - Pistol Firearms Safety Training (PPL) Course 

Shoot Three .22 matches within 8 weeks after Seminar 3 on Saturdays for 1.5 to 2 hours between 9.30am and 2.15pm

  • What happens
    • Undertake three full .22 Club matches (Standard Pistol, Sport Pistol and/or Rapid Fire Pistol - supervised by Range Officer) on three different dates
    • Enter each match in the FAR Completion Certificate - Pistol Firearms Safety Training (PPL) Course form and have each shoot signed off by a Coach or Committee Member.
    • Enter each match score in the Club scoring system
  • Documentation required/provided
    • Dates and signatures from coaches or Committee members in Compliance Record in the "Blue Book" and on FAR Completion Certificate - Pistol Firearms Safety Training (PPL) Course 

Fulfill FAR and SIPC final requirements

  • What happens
    • You have demonstrated understanding of safety and suitability for full membership
    • You are now a Full Member
    • You receive the original, Club-endorsed FAR Completion Certificate - Pistol Firearms Safety Training (PPL) Course
  • Documentation required/provided
    • Date and signature from coach or Committee member in Compliance Record in the "Blue Book"
    • FAR Completion Certificate - Pistol Firearms Safety Training (PPL) Course, certifying training requirements have been met, for presentation to FAR (signed-off by accredited training officer/coach) – original to member and copy retained in the "Blue Book"

You have had your Probationary license for 6 months

  • What happens
    • You may make up to two acquisitions (purchases) of pistols 
    • You must have safe storage meeting FAR requirements. Your safe keeping must be inspected by local Police and you must request that they issue you a “Cops E” (event) number and record the date of inspection; this number and date must be entered on your membership profile on the SIPC website
    • If you wish to buy a pistol you must first obtain a PTA Club Confirmation from the club Secretary, President or Captain then:
    • You make online application through Service NSW for the Permit(s) to Acquire (PTA) requiring this PTA Club Confirmation (with COPS E number) signed by Club Captain, Secretary or President, your Completion Certificate - Pistol Firearms Safety Training (PPL) Course and fee(s); the completion certificate should be uploaded with one or both of these first applications.
    • On receipt of your PTA(s) you may purchase your firearm(s). You will always require the Firearm registration (copy) to purchase the appropriate ammunition for the firearm(s) from firearms dealers. Note; the Firearm Registration document can take some time to arrive from FAR. You should consider what ammunition you need during this waiting period when you purchase your firearm.
  • Documentation required/provided
    • Completion Certificate - Pistol Firearms Safety Training (PPL) Course (issued previously)
    • Online Permit to Acquire application – PTA Club Confirmation document endorsed by Club Captain, Secretary or President

You have had your Probationary license for 12 months

  • What happens
    • You will receive notification approximately 45-60 days prior to the expiry of your PPL with instructions on how to apply for a full Category H firearms licence online at Service NSW; you must apply online prior to the expiry of your PPL
    • Please note: You will be making a "New Application" NOT renewing a licence (a PPL is not able to be renewed and is not classified as a full licence, so you are making a NEW application)
    • Applications submitted prior to the expiry of the PPL provide for continuing authority to possess and use firearms on the PPL until the full category H firearms licence is issued or refused
  • Documentation required/provided
    • Documentation sent by FAR prior to expiry of probationary license
    • FAR Completion Certificate - Pistol Firearms Safety Training (PPL) Course if that has not already been provided to FAR, i.e. you have not applied to acquire a pistol (PTA)
    • Plain SIPC membership card with bar code - or current Certificate of Membership from Secretary.