Victorian Firearm Safety Course
Release date: Fri 30 December 2011
Last updated: Fri 16 January 2015
You will need to complete a Victorian Firearm Safety Course and test if:
Longarm safety course
For longarm licence applications, you will need to either telephone your Divisional Firearm Officer or send them a completed firearm safety course booking form (PDF). At the end of the course you will sit a short, written test of multiple choice questions. The firearm safety code booklet (PDF) will help you prepare for the safety course and test.
Handgun safety course
For handgun licence applications, you will need to contact an approved handgun target shooting club to arrange your safety course. At the end of the course you will sit a short, written test of multiple choice questions and as well as a practical test. This guide to the handgun safety course (PDF) will help you prepare for the safety course and test. Our 'target shooters and clubs' page has more information on receiving instruction in using a handgun.
Once you have completed the relevant firearm safety course, you must attach the completion certificate you receive to the licence application form along you submit to Victoria Police's Licensing & Regulation Division.
Your local DFO can also help answer your questions about the various courses and tests.
Paintball marker safety course
You will need to complete a Victorian Paintball Marker Safety Course if you wish to own paintball markers and hold a paintball marker licence. You will need to contact a Paintball Operator to book into the course. At the end of the course you will sit a short, written test of multiple choice questions. This paintball safety guide will help you prepare for the safety course and test.
Private security firearm safety courses
You will need to complete a different firearm safety course to those listed above if you want to work with a firearm in the private security industry. Specifically, you will need to successfully complete the 'Control Security Risk Situations Using Firearms' unit of competency which is covered in the following courses:
You will need to re-take the firearm-specific unit of competency each year. For more information, see Victoria Police's Private Security Training Requirements web page.