Firearms Instructor

This unit standard applies to all persons who will need to supervise firearm training at an accredited training institution. This will include civilian, private and public law enforcement.

Benefit to society of this unit standard is that persons who conduct training and facilitation will enhance the safety consciousness of learners and the public during firearm training.

A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:

  • Organise and present a firearm training program.
  • Apply evaluation techniques in respect of firearm related activities.
  • Ensure safe practice is being implemented during firearm training and assessment.
  • Demonstrate subject knowledge on commonly used firearms and ammunition in firearm training.
  • Explain corrective actions required in order to achieve set goals within a shooting environment.
  • Demonstrate practical shooting skills. 


Requires Completion of Unit : 117705
Demonstrate knowledge of the Firearms Control Act (Act No. 60 of 2000) applicable to possessing a firearm.

This generic assessor unit standard is for those who assess people for their achievement of learning outcomes in terms of specified criteria using pre-designed assessment instruments. The outcomes and criteria may be defined in a range of documents including but not limited to unit standards, exit level outcomes, assessment standards, curriculum statements and qualifications.

Those who achieve this unit standard will be able to conduct assessments within their fields of expertise. This unit standard will contribute towards the achievement of a variety of qualifications, particularly within the fields of Education Training and Development Practices and Human Resource Development.

People credited with this unit standard are able to carry out assessments in a fair, valid, reliable and practicable manner that is free of all bias and discrimination, paying particular attention to the three groups targeted for redress: race, gender and disability.

In particular, people credited with this unit standard will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of outcomes-based assessment;
  • Prepare for assessments;
  • Conduct assessments;
  • Provide feedback on assessments; and
  • Review assessments. 

This unit standard applies to all persons who will need to supervise the operation of a shooting range or shooting exercises for business or sport purposes. This supervision must ultimately lead to the safe use of a shooting range as a primary objective of this unit standard.

This unit standard applies to normal operation and does not include the requirements for the supervision of tactical exercises and range inspection.

A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of standards and legislation required for the safe operation of a shooting range.
  • Prepare participants and environment for a shooting activity.
  • Carry out activities applicable to the conclusion of a shooting event.
  • Be able to supervise the operation of a shooting range. 


(ETHICS-A compulsory Course for all Instructors and Assessors at the PFTC)

This Unit Standard is intended to equip learners with the means to understand moral decisions and problems, which will add value to the learners’ working situation. The understanding gained will assist in establishing high standards of conduct for the sector, workplace or institution.

The Unit Standard aims to empower learners to regulate their own moral conduct within an environment based on the ethical code and resulting moral standards which regulate individual and corporate actions of each sector, workplace or institution.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:

  • Identify components of a moral decision or problem
  • Interpret and explain a strategy for moral decision-making
  • Identify and apply different strategies of moral decision-making
  • Evaluate the consequences of the decision-making process 

(Teaching how to present a course)

This Unit Standard will provide recognition for those who conduct or intend to conduct targeted training and development using given methodologies, including group training, group facilitation and presentations. Formal recognition will enhance their employ-ability and also provide a means to identify competent trainers. This Unit Standard will be useful to people who are involved in identifying and providing structured and targeted skills development opportunities in the workplace with individuals and groups.

People credited with this Unit Standard are able to:

  • Plan and prepare for training and development;
  • Deliver presentations for training and development purposes;
  • Deliver group training sessions;
  • Facilitate group learning activities; and
  • Review training.