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Whether you are just starting out, or an experienced shooter, the CPSA has created a suite of courses to offer the best training available in the sport today. Click on each of the different course types below to find out more information about that course and its next available dates. 

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  • Shotgun Skills

    Overview

    An excellent introduction into the world of clay target shooting, ideal for those new to shooting clays and/or game.

    Aim

    The Shotgun Skills course will teach you the skills, knowledge and understanding so that you can use the shotgun confidently and most importantly safely.

    Prerequisites

    The course is open to anyone aged 16 or over whether you are a CPSA member or not. If you're not a member or don't have an account with our website yet please click on 'Create an account' to register during your booking.

  • Referee Training Course

    Overview

    Available in each of the four domestic disciplines of English Sporting, English Skeet, Down the Line and Automatic Ball Trap, these one-day courses will equip you with the general and discipline specific rules to enable you to referee regularly at registered competitions or national championships and, with it, the assurance that what you are calling is correct. This is also an excellent course for the competitor who doesn't necessarily want to referee, but does want to ensure that they know the rules when they compete.

    Aim

    To successfully qualify as a CPSA referee. If successful the candidate will have the necessary knowledge to referee at CPSA registered events. They will also be awarded a certificate and both a cloth and metal badge.

    Prerequisites

    Candidates must be CPSA members and a minimum of 18 years of age.

  • Safety Officers Course

    Overview

    The Safety Office Course is a one-day course which provides the basis for running a safe and successful shooting ground and looks at safe gun handling, layout management, risk assessments etc. An obvious choice for ground owners and a prerequisite to Club Affiliation, it also appeals to the shooter and is the first step to higher qualifications.

    Aim

    To qualify the attendees to act as a Range Safety Officer at CPSA Affiliated Club level

    Prerequisites

    Candidates must be CPSA members and a minimum of 18 years of age.

  • Level 1 - Instructor Development Workshop

    Overview

    The Instructor Development Workshop is a one-day course and a prerequisite to attending the four-day Instructor Training Course. Candidates will be given an overview of the full four-day course and be assessed for their suitability to progress onto the ITC. Candidates must have attended a Safety Officer Course.

    Aim

    To ensure that an Instructor candidate can handle a shotgun safely and to acquaint them with (or receive remedial training in) the knowledge and procedures required to successfully complete an Instructor Training Course (ITC), and to provide an assessment of the candidate's readiness to attend the ITC.

    Prerequisites

    Minimum 2 years shooting experience; have qualified as a Safety Officer; Must hold a shotgun certificate.

  • Level 1 - Instructor Training Course

    Overview

    This course will teach you how to check eye dominance and gun fit, show you how to teach the CPSA Method and how to recognise shooting errors and correct them. The course lasts for four days and consists of classroom time, off-and on-range workshops and a final day of assessments. It covers crossing, rising and dropping targets and equips instructors with the knowledge to tackle a huge variety of targets. For the Level 1 Instructor Training Course, the criteria for qualification is that the candidate can get a novice to hit a moving target safely using the CPSA Method.

    Aim

    To provide the candidate with the required knowledge, procedures and skills, and to assess their ability, to safely teach beginners how to shoot using the CPSA Method.

    Prerequisites

    Minimum of 2 years shooting experience; Have attended an Instructor Development Workshop within the previous 2 years; Have qualified as a Safety Officer within the previous 5 years; Must hold a shotgun certificate

  • Level 2 - Coach Training Course

    Overview

    The Discipline Specific course is, in reality, three optional courses: Trap, Skeet or Sporting that cover both the Domestic and International versions of each discipline. Candidates will be introduced to the knowledge and skills specific to their chosen discipline. The course concludes with a theory exam and three practical assessments covering both general and discipline specific coaching skills.

    Aim

    To develop the candidate's discipline specific coaching knowledge and skills beyond those of an instructor, and to assess these, and the experience that the candidate has gained since completing both their Instructor qualification and Common Element course, and to ensure that they are capable of improving the performance of classified shooters in both the domestic and equivalent International discipline(s) of choice.

    Prerequisites

    In order to be considered for attendance on a coaching course, at least a year must have elapsed between the Level 1 and the level 2 course or between one level 2 course and another. In addition, the candidate must have completed the three day Coach Development Workshop and qualified as a Referee in their chosen discipline.

  • Level 2 - Coach Development Workshop inc Common Element

    Overview

    During the Coach Development Workshop, the participant will be introduced to the general skills that all Coaches must possess regardless of their chosen discipline for example: General Coaching Technique Shooting Methods Gun Fitting Cartridges, Chokes and Pattern Testing Sports Psychology The course concludes with a theory exam.

    Aim

    The 3-day Coach Development Workshop is a combination of the Common Element & discipline specific workshops to provide general coaching knowledge and specific technical knowledge in preparation for the Coach (L2) Training Course (CTC), and to provide an informal assessment of the candidate's readiness to attend the CTC in their chosen discipline.

    Prerequisites

    Instructor Training Course Qualification & Safety Officer Qualification. A Referee Qualification in the chosen discipline must be completed by the full Coach Training Course.