ScoringScoring shot targets is a key skill and one that we often take for granted. Good scoring is the cornerstone of any competition and the integrity of postal competitions depend on it. Historically the method of scoring has been passed on between shooters in clubs, counties and regions. To add confidence and consistency to the process and to help the development of scoring as a necessary skill, the NSRA Scorers course (and subsequent qualification structure) has been set up. The aim of the course and structure is to train club scorers to scrutinise and score competition cards accurately, fairly and with consistency. It will enable club scoring and give a baseline for the development of scorers up to national level.

Class C Scorers – the Scorers Course

The basic one day course is delivered by scorers who are at Class B and above. It aims to provide the basic scoring skills which are:

  • Recognise the legitimacy of a card prior to scoring
  • Score the card accurately and consistently
  • Use gauges correctly
  • Determine and apply penalties where appropriate
  • Record scores and store scored cards and score sheet

Successful candidates having completed the course are then given a licence as Class C Scorers having the basic scoring skills and be capable of club scoring.

Class B Scorers

Once qualified at Class C the scorer can then get one season/years’ scoring experience at club level and also gain other experience whilst being mentored by a more experienced scorer. This may involve assisting at County/Region meetings etc. scoring at live events. Once completed the candidate may then apply to the NSRA for registration as a Class B Scorer having been signed off as competent by their mentor (another Class B scorer or above).

Class A Scorers

The final level is a Class A Scorer who is capable of scoring competition at any level. This may be applied for after completing one season/years’ experience as a B class scorer having gained more mentored experience and assisted with scoring at National meetings. The qualification is then achieved by application to NSRA for registration and sign off by the mentor (another Class A scorer).

How to get Involved

Scorer’s Courses are arranged at local level. If a NSRA Club, County or any other organisation wishes to set up a Scorer’s Course please get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can put you in contact with a trainer that can help.

  • Individuals – the first point of contact is your County Association who may be able to signpost you to a course that is already organised or put your name on the list for a future course. If there is nothing planned or available, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as we may know of courses in neighbouring areas.

  • Clubs – if you have a number of people wishing to take part in a course it is possible to ask a trainer to come to you. If you don’t have many candidates but would like to host a course, then contact your County Association who may be able to signpost people to your club.

  • County Associations – whilst many Counties now have Class B scorers (or above) who can set up and run Scorer’s Courses, some may still need assistance in organising a course. If this is the case in your County, please get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can try to put you in contact with a trainer that can help.

Judges are officials who have qualified on a course which covers the various jobs required for the efficient organisation and control of shooting competitions, such as Equipment Control, Range Control and Classification. Courses deal with competitions run according to the rules of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF), although an experienced person holding a Judge’s Licence is likely to be able to work equally efficiently in competitions run to domestic rules and conditions.

Those who successfully complete the course obtain a licence in respect of particular disciplines and / or specialist functions, and at one of three levels.

Licences are issued in respect of the four ISSF shooting disciplines:

  • Rifle
  • Pistol
  • Running Target
  • Shotgun

and two specialist functions:

  • Target Control
  • Electronic Scoring Target Control

Normally a candidate will obtain his first licence in one discipline plus Target Control, but will be able to add further categories to his licence on the successful completion of additional courses.

Licences are issued at three levels, working upwards:

  • C Licence - issued by British Shooting (formerly GBTSF)
  • B Licence - issued by the ISSF
  • A Licence - issued by the ISSF

Qualification for a C or B Licence will be by the successful completion of a course, normally lasting two days. The course will require the approval of British Shooting and/or the ISSF as appropriate and will be conducted by an A Licence holder. The same course can be used for the award of both C and B licences, but the granting of a B licence will require the achievement of a higher mark in the course assessment. However it is normal for a candidate only to be given a C Licence on successful completion of the course for the first time even if a high pass mark is obtained. The grant of a B Licence will normally require a candidate to have possessed a C Licence for at least one year and to have gained some experience of working at competitions as a licence holder.

Holders of C Licences will normally work at competitions held in their own country. The gaining of a B Licence will increase the possibility that the holder may be invited to officiate at minor internationals, whether held at home or abroad.

Promotion from a B to an A Licence will be dependant on the person having been an active B Licence holder for a minimum of four years and have officiated at not less than five international competitions which each have at least five participating nations. On at least two occasions the licence holder must have been a Jury Member.

The detailed arrangements in respect of A and B Licences can be seen in Annex J of the ISSF Official Statutes Rules and Regulations (Pages 79 to 93).

Courses for licences in Rifle, Pistol and Target Control are held in Great Britain on a regular basis, subject to demand. Those wishing to obtain a C Licence, or to upgrade from a C to a B Licence, can register their interest by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Copies of application and renewal forms for Judge's licences can be downloaded from the British Shooting website.



The NSRA administers a number of qualifications and produces course materials that enable applicants to study for and attain the qualifications. Alternatively where the qualification is administered by another organisation, the NSRA can facilitate the holding of courses to gain the qualification.

The qualifications available are:

Coach Educators were qualified under the old GBTSF coaching scheme to deliver other courses within the system.

No more Coach Educators are being trained as the coach education function is now largely covered by County Coaches.

However many Coach Educators have kept up-to-date with the new developments within shooting coaching and are still very active. You may find them involved in training coaches and instructors throughout the current NSRA coaching scheme.


The standard course for "taster" sessions in air rifle shooting is the NSRA Youth Proficiency Scheme Tutor's Diploma. This equips candidates to run have-a-go sessions in air rifle shooting and also to take young people for introduction to shooting over a longer period (as in Scouts or other uniformed groups). It is the standard qualification used by members of the British Activity Holiday Association (BAHA) and also written into Scout POR's (operating procedures).

A special YPS Tutor course is also available for air pistol shooting.

Course Duration: 2 days
Context: Air Rifle, Air Pistol
Entry Requirements: None
Topics Covered: Law
Range construction
Basic shooting skills
Session plans
Scoring targets and competition
Shooting games
Approximate Cost:  £800 plus trainer's expenses (plus VAT) per course. A course will normally comprise a group of about 12 candidates. (The overall cost may vary depending on the location of course and equipment available at the venue)
Notes: Candidates do not need to be members of the NSRA to take part in this course. However organisers must ensure that insurance is covered as part of the group’s activities


Range Officer (RO) - the person in charge of a range or part of a range.
Chief Range Officer (CRO) - the person in overall control of a range where there is more than one Range Officer officiating.
Range Conducting Officer (RCO) - a person holding a Range Conducting Officer qualification issued by a relevant National Governing Body of shooting.

Range Officers

It is part of the NSRA’s philosophy on safety that all shooting should take place under the control of a Range Officer who:

  1. is appropriately experienced in all aspects of range control and related matters.
  2. holds a relevant qualification, the issue of which has been approved by an appropriately qualified assessor.

In the case of all ranges rented by civilian clubs from military sources, it is a condition of hire that the range must be controlled by a Range Officer who holds an RCO qualification issued by the NSRA or NRA. Non-military range owners may apply similar conditions to the use of their facilities.

RCO Course Pack

The course pack is obtainable from Membership Services at the NSRA and one copy will be required for each candidate for the qualification. Copies may be purchased singly or in bulk by clubs or individuals using the order form (download below). Each course pack will be serially numbered and the same number will appear on the ID card and qualification certificate.

The price of the pack (currently £15.00) includes the charges for the course assessment and for the issue by the NSRA of the relevant ID cards to successful candidates and the certificate to their clubs.

The following are issued on the completion of the assessment.

  1. A personal ID card for retention by the candidate. RCOs are required by the military authorities to present this ID card when officiating on their ranges and are encouraged to have it with them when officiating on any other range.
  2. A certificate for retention by the club, which may include the names of one or more RCOs who are members of that club. This certificate should be, where possible, on display at the club's premises. Range owners, but not the military authorities, may also accept it as evidence of the qualification of the named individuals.

An engraved lapel badge is also available for purchase by successful candidates.


The assessment of candidates may be undertaken by any person holding one of the following qualifications:

GBTSF or NSRA   Regional Coach 
  County Coach 
  Club Coach 
  Coach Educator 
NSRA   Club Instructor 
NRA  RCO Assessor 

The assessor must sign the application form for the ID card and certificate for each successful candidate.

Validity Period of Qualification

The qualification is subject to a validity period of five years from the date of issue. Three months before the expiry date application should be made for renewal, at which time a further copy of the Course Pack will need to be purchased. On renewal it will be sufficient for a Club Official to verify that the RCO is still competent in undertaking RCO duties. However, it is also recommended that all RCOs should take appropriate steps between renewals to keep themselves up to date with relevant developments in shooting practice.

Dual Club Qualification

The RCO qualification assessment is normally undertaken at a candidate's home club and in relation to the circumstances, range layout and procedures at that club. However, an RCO may regularly act in that role at more than one club.

Where required, the name of an RCO who qualified at one club can be added to the certificate held by another club at which he officiates. In such circumstances the Secretary of the second club should apply to the NSRA for the RCO to be added to their certificate, giving the name of the RCO concerned and the serial number of the RCO’s ID card.

It will be sufficient in these circumstances for a Club Official to certify that the RCO is fully conversant with the safety and other relevant arrangements applicable at that club. It will not be necessary for the RCO to undertake a second assessment unless it is the specific requirement of the club.

The Club Instructor Course is a discipline specific course that is mainly concerned with technical skills.

Course Duration: 2 - 3 days (depending on discipline)
Context: According to discipline (Airgun, .22 Prone, 3P, Pistol etc). This course sets the context for the other qualifications
Entry Requirements: NSRA Life or Annual member
Range Conducting Officer qualification
Topics Covered: Information about Coaching Scheme and NGBs
Shooting position(s)
Holding, aiming and firing procedure
Dealing with conditions
Child protection, equity and disabled awareness
Approximate Cost: £95

The Club Coach Course deals mainly with coaching methods and communication.

Course Duration: 2 days plus 1 day assessment
Assessment: Candidates must deliver a 20 minute coaching session under observation
Context: Takes on discipline from prior instructor qualification
Entry Requirements: NSRA Life or Annual member
Range Conducting Officer qualification
Club Instructor qualification
Topics Covered: British Shooting structure
Presentation skills
General goals of body positioning
Process of firing a shot
Helping people to learn
Putting it all together a practical coaching session
Code of conduct
General documents
Approximate Cost: £130

The course has two main functions:

  1. To prepare the candidate for coaching from county to regional level
  2. To prepare the candidate to deliver the Club Coach Course
Course Duration: 4 days plus 1 day assessment
Assessment: Candidates must deliver a section of the Club Coach Course under observation and complete a 9 week coaching diary of work with a shooter showing the planned development outlined on the course
Context: Takes on discipline from prior Club Coach qualification (i.e. if you are a Club Coach for airgun then you become County Coach for the same discipline)
Entry Requirements: NSRA Life or Annual member
Range Conducting Officer qualification
Club Coach qualification
Pre-course Reading:
(issued on receipt of registration)
Club Coach Course notes
British Shooting / NSRA documents
Course Detail: Evaluation
Goal setting
Tracking / diaries
Warm ups
Physical training
Psychological skills
Delivery of Club Coach Course
Use of electronic training aids (Scatt, Noptel etc.)
Use of video
Assessment briefing
Approximate Cost: £160

This course prepares the candidate for coaching at regional to international level. Because of this, the course uses experts from their respective fields to deliver the material. The Technical Skills section of the course is delivered by an International Coach and the Sports Science section by university staff.

Course Duration: 4 days
Assessment: Complete a 6 month coaching log of work with a group of shooters showing the detailed and planned phases of development
Context: Takes on discipline from prior qualification
Entry Requirements: NSRA Life or Annual member
Range Conducting Officer qualification
County Coach qualification
Pre-course Reading:
(issued on receipt of 
Sports science “primer”
British Shooting / NSRA documents
Course Detail:  
Sports Science Section:     Physical training
Psychological skills tool kit
Performance profiling, coaching philosophy
Coach – performer relationship
Video for performance analysis
Physiotherapy and sports massage
Technical Skills Section:  2 days work with an established International Coach – a chance to answer questions about techniques preparation and training drills used to prepare elite shooters
Approximate Cost: £450 

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