Range Officer Training Course

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About the CMP Range Officer Training Course

The Range Officer Training Course is a program developed by the Civilian Marksmanship Program to provide education and structured on-the-range work experiences for those interested in serving as qualified Range Officers in CMP sponsored and sanctioned competitions. This course offers three levels of instruction, and certification in four different shooting disciplines.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Kim Filipiak: (419) 635-2141 ext. 706 or kfilipiak@thecmp.org.

A CMP Range Officer is signaling to the CRO that “the line is ready” in a CMP Rimfire Sporter Match. A new CMP Range Officer Training Course will soon be available to train volunteer Range Officers to serve in competitions the CMP governs and sanctions.

How to Enroll 

Anyone who wants to participate in the training program and become a CMP-Certified Range Officer may enroll by filling out a Level I Application Form or contacting the CMP Competitions Department at (419) 635-2141, ext. 706 or kfilipiak@thecmp.org.

About Level I

There is an enrollment fee of $75.00 for Level I that covers the cost of student handbooks, a Range Officer vest (to be issued after completion of Level I instruction).

Level I instruction presents information common to all shooting disciplines and teaches the basic knowledge one needs to serve as a new Range Officer.

Enrollees must complete Level I online instruction that consists of a series of instructional phases. Each phase concludes with a short online quiz that must be successfully completed before progressing to the next phase.

When all phases are completed, a certificate and CMP Range Officers Vest will be issued and the student will be eligible to participate in Level II instruction. The Range Officer logbook will be an online logbook that is maintained in CMP’s competition tracker.

About Level II 

If you have completed Level I and would like to attend a Level II class, please download the Level II Application. There is a $50 fee for the Level II course of instruction.

2024 Range Officer Course Level II Schedule

April 26, 2024CMP Eastern Games, Camp Butner, NCHighpower Rifle
Bulls-Eye Pistol
9AM – 11AM
July 11, 2024National Matches, OHSmallbore/Rimfire
8AM – 10:30AM
July 14, 2023National Matches, OHBulls-Eye Pistol
3PM- 4:30PM
July 27, 2023National Matches, OHHighpower Rifle
8AM – 10:30AM
September 24, 2024New England Games, Jericho, VTHighpower Rifle
Bulls-Eye Pistol
9AM – 11AM
October 8, 2024CMP Western Games, Phoenix, AZHighpower Rifle
Bulls-Eye Pistol
9AM – 11AM
November 9, 2024Talladega 600, Talladega, ALHighpower Rifle
Bulls-Eye Pistol
1PM – 3PM

Level II instruction is discipline specific and covers the different shooting events within that discipline, the guns and equipment used, the courses of fire, detailed discipline and event rules, how to conduct firing for events in that discipline and guidelines for resolving rules issues and violations.

Level II instruction is offered for the four shooting disciplines governed by the CMP:

  1. Highpower Rifle (includes As-Issued Military Rifle)
  2. Bulls-Eye Pistol
  3. Rimfire Sporter
  4. 3-Position Air Rifle

CMP-appointed Master Range Officers will teach Level II instruction for each of the four disciplines as one-day in-person training courses. Level II Student Handbooks will be provided for each discipline.

After satisfactorily completing Level II, a password will be provided for those only who took the seat class for Level II.  Click here to access the Level II website (password will be provided once Level II is completed).

Become a Range Officer 

A major objective of this CMP program is to train and certify qualified Range Officers who can serve in CMP National Matches and CMP Travel Games competitions.The program is also open to individuals who want to be trained to serve as Range Officers in other sanctioned and non-sanctioned competitions.

Range Officer assignments are usually voluntary although a per diem or expenses are sometimes paid for serving in larger competitions.

The CMP maintains an automated database of all Certified and Licensed Range Officers that records the match official assignments they complete. The CMP plans to offer periodic online rule and rule interpretation updates as part of a continuing education program. Actual service in competitions and the completion of online updates will be required for recertification.