Firearms & Hunting Safety Course

Become a firearm safety training instructor for DPI

Would your club or hunting industry business like to offer firearms safety training? The Firearms & Hunting Safety (Long-arms) Course is now available for residents of New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

Need to know: The course is approved by the NSW Police Force Firearms Registry and the ACT Firearms Registry and allows residents to qualify for a Firearms Licence in their state.

Need to action: Seek pre-approval as a Firearms Safety Instructor in your state:

To qualify as a Firearm Safety Instructor, you must hold a current firearms licence that was issued in the state you are seeking instructor accreditation, and you must have held that licence for at least three years.

I'm already a Hunter LEAP Trainer I'm a new Hunter LEAP Trainer Clubs/ organisations

Download and print Form HL-F: Application to become a Hunter LEAP Firearms Safety Instructor.

Download and print Form HL-B: Application to become an accredited Hunter LEAP Trainer.

Download and print Form HL-A: Application to become an accredited Hunter LEAP Provider.

NSW trainers

  1. Make sure to write your Trainer accreditation number at the top of the form.
  2. Download and print the NSW Police Force Firearms Registry Form P644: Application for a Firearms Safety Instructor (Long-arms).
  3. Submit BOTH Form HL-F and Form P644 to the Education & Training Team for endorsement.

ACT trainers

  1. Make sure to write your Trainer accreditation number at the top of the form.
  2. If not already approved, seek approval as a current Firearms Safety Instructor with the ACT Firearms Registry.
  3. Submit Form HL-F to the Education & Training Team, with your ACT Firearms Instructor Approval attached.
  1. You must be linked to a hunting club or organisation that has been accredited as a Hunter LEAP Provider.
  2. Fill in the form and provide the required supporting evidence, such as a Working with Children Check.
  3. Provide either a NSW P644 Form or ACT Firearms Registry Firearms Safety Instructor Approval with Form HL-B when you submit to the Education & Training Team.
  1. Before your organisation can access Hunter LEAP training material, including the Firearms & Hunting Safety (Long-arms) Course, it must seek accreditation as a Hunter LEAP Provider.
  2. Hunting clubs and hunting industry businesses may seek accreditation.
  3. Hunting clubs must first be an Approved Hunting Organisation.
  4. Once your organisation is accredited as a Provider, you may have individuals apply to become accredited Trainers for your organisation.

Do I need to fill in a P644? (NSW applicants only)

If you reside in NSW and wish to become a Firearms Safety Instructor with Hunter LEAP, you need to fill in the NSW Police Force Firearms Registry Form P644: Application for a Firearms Safety Instructor (Long-arms). Return the form to NSW DPI, rather than NSW Police, so we may complete your nomination.

  1. You can fill in the form electronically using your computer or manually by printing it first.
  2. Fill in sections A, B, C, D and E with your personal details.
  3. DO NOT USE SECTION F or G.
  4. Sign and date your application in Section H.
  5. Send your completed form with your Hunter LEAP application to DPI for endorsement.
  6. We will complete the details in Section G on your behalf and submit to the NSW Police Force Firearms Registry.

For more information contact hunter.leap@dpi.nsw.gov.au.