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Training Re-qualification Requirements for Firearms Licenses Issued for Security Activities

Release date: Wed 5 May 2010

Last updated: Thu 22 June 2017

The holder of a firearm licence issued for the genuine reason of Security Guard (Employee or Owner-Operator) or Prison Guard must re-qualify at an approved industry specific firearms training course once every financial year (1 July to 30 June).

From 1 July 2017, the expiry date for a qualification in an approved industry firearms training course will no longer be 12 months from the date of an individual course completion. Instead, all licence holders will have a common qualification expiry date of 30 June each financial year.

Upon providing evidence of having completed re-qualification training once each financial year, the expiry date of the training will be automatically set to 30 June the following financial year. (e.g. training completed at any time in FY 17/18 will expire on 30 June 2019.)

The current approved security industry specific firearms training unit of competency is Control Security Risk Situation Using Firearms CPPSEC3008A.

This course is a two day (16 hour) training program to be undertaken by an approved registered training organisation.

A copy of the training document must be provided to LRD either by post, email or fax, within 7 days of the re-qualification having been completed.

It is the personal responsibility of each licence holder to ensure that they provide LRD with a copy of their certificate.

While LRD will accept certificates submitted by employers or trainers on behalf of licence holders, licence holders should not rely on, or assume that these parties will take responsibility for providing this documentation within the required timeframes.

When providing evidence of training licence holders should record their licence number on the training document to ensure records can be updated promptly.

Failure to comply with the re-qualification requirement by the end of each financial year (30 June) may result in the immediate suspension of the firearms licence under Section 47 of the Firearms Act 1996.

If a firearms licence issued for private security or prison guard genuine reasons is suspended, a private security licence holder will not be able to handle firearms in the course of their employment regardless of if their private security licence remains valid.

Where a licence holder is unable to undertake the re-qualification training by the annual expiry date (30 June) for reasons out of their control they must immediately notify LRD via post or email to advising of those reasons.

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