There are a number of steps involved in joining SSPC and obtaining a handgun licence if you are new to the shooting sport
Download a copy of the SSPC Joining Process
If you already have a Victorian General Category Handgun Licence or are licensed in interstate Australia or overseas, please go HERE for further information.
1. Complete the Introduction to Handguns Course
Your first step is to book in for the Introduction to Handguns course.
This course is run at least twice per month from the Springvale Range and covers basic handgun safety, range safety, shooting fundamentals and an introduction to our club.
The course costs $200.00 and includes range entry and ammunition.
More details can be found here: Introduction to Handguns course
2. Complete Supervised NORI Participations (Shoots)
After you have completed the intro course, you will be able to come down to the range and participate in supervised (NORI) shoots along with our other members.
NORI stands for Notice Of Receiving Instruction and this form is completed by you and your instructor, and then forwarded to Victoria Police by the club.
You need to do this at least twice more, on separate days, and each time you participate in a supervised shoot you will be required to complete a NORI form.
Between shoots, you should also be studying the Training For Your handgun Licence Book and ensuring that you are able to achieve the Level 1 competencies.
You should be able to complete a competency each time you shoot and have the Range Officer test you and sign off if the competency is achieved.
- Should you be deemed not yet competent, then more study is required and re testing of the competency on another attendance will be required.
You will also need to get the Range Officer to record your participation in the back of you Introduction to Handguns booklet as received on the Introduction to Handguns course.
The more NORI shoots you complete before progressing to the Handgun Safety Awareness Course means you will gain more experience and proficiency in handling firearms.
- Completion of these books are vital to documenting your progress as a new shooter and forms part of your membership acceptance requirements!
Monday and Friday nights are the best nights to do these NORI shoots, but you can do them on other nights, subject to existing members having priority over range access.
Please remember to introduce yourself to the Range Officer on duty and explain that you would like to complete a NORI shoot and your competencies on arrival.
Should the range session be busy, please be patient and take advice from the Range Officer.
You can download a copy of the NORI form here: Notification of Receiving Instruction Form and we recommend you pre complete all your details to save time on the range.
3. Join the SSAA
We are a sub-club of the SSAA, as such you must be a member of the SSAA before becoming a member of our club.
You can join online at the SSAA – Membership Portal
SSAA joining forms are also available from the front desk at the Springvale Range
Remember that your SSAA membership comes with a monthly magazine and you get a discounted range entry fee!
4. Complete a Membership Interview
You will need to attend a Membership Interview before completing the Handgun Safety Awareness Course.
Dates for the membership interviews are available from our Calendar.
There is no cost for the interview and you must pre-book online HERE
More details can be found here: Membership Interview
5. Complete the Handgun Safety Course
You will need to attend (and pass!) the Handgun Safety Course before applying to join the SSPC.
Dates for the handgun safety course are available from our Calendar.
The cost is $140.00 and you must book and pay online.
Safety courses are held regularly and generally go from 8:30am until 4:30pm on a Saturday.
After completing the safety course you will be issued with a Handgun Safety Course certificate that will require a copy to be submitted with your handgun licence application.
More details can be found here: Handgun Safety Course
6. Apply For Membership to SSPC
Once you have completed the Introduction to Handguns course, completed at least two more NORI participations, joined the SSAA and completed the Handgun Safety Course, you are ready to apply to join the club!
- Complete the membership form,
- Include a copy of your participation record from your Introduction to Handguns book,
- Include a copy Handgun Safety Course certificate,
- Include a passport style/sized photo image and,
- Include a copy of your SSAA membership card/receipt.
All applications are to be sent in electronic PDF format to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications for membership are reviewed at each committee meeting (3rd Thursday of each month).
If your application is accepted then you will be required to pay the joining fee which covers your membership until the 30th of April for the year of joining.
As a new member, you can keep shooting using NORI forms (up to a total of 10 times) until your provisional licence is issued.
You can download a membership form here: SSPC Membership Application Form
7. Apply for a Provisional Handgun Licence
Once we have accepted your membership of the SSPC, you can apply for your Provisional Handgun Licence.
This licence will allow you to shoot and participate in competitions using club handguns and without having to complete NORI paperwork.
The minimum probationary licence duration is at least 6 months and during this time you must participate in at least 5 competitions with our club.
Note that it takes at least 1 month for the police to process your provisional licence and while you are waiting for it to arrive you can continue to shoot with us using a NORI form.
Please note that you cannot purchase a handgun while on a provisional licence and you will be under the supervision of another club member/RO while shooting on the range with any firearm.
You can download an application form here: Provisional Handgun Licence Application Form
- You will need to arrange for the Victoria Police to take your fingerprints, incorporating a National Police Records Check, as part of this process.
Details of this process can be found here: Fingerprinting for Licence Applications
8. Keep participating in Competitions!
Now that you have your Provisional Handgun Licence you can participate in almost all of the competitions and shoots which are held by the SSPC.
You can compete in most competitions held at SSPC and please view the competition calendar to confirm which dates, days and times suit you.
Some shooting disciplines / competitions require you to have a holster qualification for regular participation and this can be obtained once you have a full licence and are more experienced.
You will also need to complete the Training for Your Handgun Licence program BEFORE the club will consider “endorsing” your application for a Full General Category Handgun Licence.
- You MUST ensure you complete the training program WELL BEFORE the expiry of your Provisional Handgun Licence!
- As a Provisional Handgun Licence CANNOT be renewed, you only get ONE opportunity by Victoria Police to use the Provisional Licence program
- Processing for a Provisional Licence to a Full Licence can take anywhere from 28 days upward so be on time and be diligent with submitting your paperwork!
9. Apply for a Full Handgun Licence
After holding a Provisional Handgun Licence for at least 6 months and having participated in at least 5 competitions you can apply for a full General Category Handgun (Cat H) Licence.
Victoria Police LRD will send you a Notice of Expiry on your Provisional Licence with enough time to submit your full Cat H application.
Your full licence application needs to be submitted to, approved and endorsed by, the SSPC committee at the monthly committee meeting (same as your initial SSPC membership).
Once approved, the club will submit the application to LRD for processing on your behalf.
After you receive your full Cat H Licence (plastic card) you can complete the process in purchasing your own handgun.
You can download a Full Licence Application form here: General Category Handgun Licence Application Form