Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

For Firearm Training and SAPS procedure

Thank you for visiting our website and making contact with us. Due to misinformation and confusion in the firearms industry, many people are misinformed and are confused regarding training certificates, the SAPS competency process and licensing of firearms. Here are the facts and the steps to assist you.

Training Questions

How long will the Competence and firearm license take from the SAPS?

It depends on the paperwork load they have, approximate 12-15 weeks for the SAPS competence and another 3-6 weeks for the license. Follow up with your DFO.

How long will the training certificates take?

When both open and closed book tests, practical’s complete, the assessor will mark your file, then we print the certificates for you to collect, normally in the same week so you can start your process at the SAPS.

How long will it take me to complete the open book tests?

This is up to you; approximately two weeks, if you complete the questions in the evening, it should take about two weeks. 10 questions a night, Easy

How long will it take me to complete the closed book tests?

It depends on person to person, around one hour.

What if I “fail” my tests?

Then you redo them again, no extra charge!

How long will the Practical take?

Normally we shoot on a Sat from 9am-1pm

Can someone else complete my tests?
No, the open book tests must be done by yourself for legal reasons.

What happens when I cannot pass the practical qualification shoots?
you can attend the shoots again; you will need to pay for the ammunition and range fees costs.

SAPS Procedure

The process is a process, however it should be straight forward if you are prepared, share a smile with the SAPS, don’t complain, they also have a job to do. Here are the three phases.




If you would like to download Training Registration and SAPS Procedure in PDF form please feel free to do so via the link below.


SAPS Procedure 2022

The team at MSA are here to assist you, request if you want higher levels of training for Intermediate /Business purposes/ Security/ Game ranger/ Tactical and Close Protection Officer training.

MSA-South Africa is accredited with SASSETA, SAPS, P.F.T.C and PSIRA to offer all training from Basics to Firearms Instructor, Tactical Instructor and Assessor.

If you need assistance with company applications or you need a consultant, please email the MSA team.

We are sure that this information will assist you with your applications and getting your firearms licensed.

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