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Certification Policies & Procedures
How to Obtain and Maintain Certification Within NROI

Range Officer (RO)

Certified by NROI, Range Officers perform most of the officiating seen at a USPSA match. They carry the timer, check equipment, score targets, and help make sure the competitor competes in a safe manner.

To obtain certification as an RO, simply find and attend an RO seminar in your area. There are no previous requirements to take the class, although we do prefer that you have at least some shooting experience. Monitor seminar schedules at this link or by keeping an eye out in Front Sight magazine. Alternatively, you may also schedule a seminar in your area if there doesn't appear to be one coming to an area near you anytime soon. Details on how to go about doing this can be found here. Scheduling a seminar for your club is easier than you might think and will result in many highly trained range officers for your club or section.

Retaining Certification as an RO:

Once you've become certified as an RO through a seminar you will need to take an annual exam to maintain this certification. We are currently using an online exam system for NROI-certified officials.If you've been expired for six months or less you will be able to log in to the member lookup at www.uspsa.org to take the exam online. Here are some general guidelines on how this will work:

1) Membership must be current to access this feature.

2) Members will get instant results once an exam is submitted for scoring. No more waiting for the mail to find out if you passed!

3) Exams can be started, saved, and completed at a later time. If you don't get it all done in one sitting, no worries, the system will save your progress and allow you to go back to finish later.

4) If you have difficulty with an exam, or a question about your results, we will be able to log in and see exactly what you're seeing.

5) Officials will have three (3) chances to pass the exam. This should be more than adequate. If you find that you are unable to pass the exam within three tries, we will be happy to hook you up with an instructor for some remedial training. We want to help you succeed!

6) Exams can be printed so you'll have a copy for your records, if you so desire.

7) Members will need their PIN to access the exam from the member look up page. The PIN is a 7 digit number which may be found on your Front Sight mailing label. Each issue of Front Sight will contain a new PIN, and the pins on your two most recent issues of Front Sight will be accepted by the system.

(It's generally much easier to remember a password you chose than to remember a 7 digit number which changes every time a new Front Sight comes out. You may use your PIN to configure a personal access password which will not change with each issue of Front Sight. You may use your personal password, or the PIN from your most recent copy of Front Sight magazine to change your password at any time. Please follow this link to go to the page that will allow you to set a personal password.)

8) If you have been expired for more than six months, please email us at nroi@uspsa.org and we'll send you a long version of the exam as per NROI policy. Officials expired for more than a year will be required to take the course again.

9) Once you successfully pass the exam, NROI HQ will be notified and will send out your new packet confirming recertification. You will NOT need to call HQ to inform us that you passed or failed. However, persons who pass their exam will not see their updated certification reflected on the classification page until after the next monthly update, starting with the November 2008 update.

10) We will be changing from quarterly exams to monthly. This means that once a month we will add exams for anyone set to expire in that month. For example, if you are due to expire in November, the exam will be added to your classification page on the first of November.

Chief Range Officer (CRO)

CROs are the Sergeants of the Range Officer corps. They have supplemental training in course design and range operations. The Chief Range Officer oversees the other Range Officers assigned to that stage.

There are two ways to obtain certification as a CRO. The first is to attend a CRO seminar in your area, just as you attended the RO seminar. Again, just monitor the seminar schedule here or check the schedule in Front Sight magazine periodically. You may also choose to schedule one in your area if there isn't one available. Because the CRO course deals primarily with course design, the final for this course is to submit two courses of fire to your instructor; one Nationals level and one potential classifier.

The second way to obtain certification as a CRO is to take the CRO correspondence course. Details on that course are available here. The final is the same as with the seminar and the level of certification is equal.

You must have a minimum of a year's certification as a Range Officer before either taking the CRO seminar or beginning the CRO correspondence course. There are no exceptions to this. If you have not completed a full year as a Range Officer, you cannot begin your CRO training.

Retaining Certification as CRO:

This is done in the same manner as an RO, with an online exam. See above for details if you are unfamiliar with the process.

Range Master (RM)

RMs Have extensive supplemental training in range operations, arbitrations, staff management, squadding, and the various fine points of the rules. RMs oversee the range officers at major matches. The nationals, for example, employ two -- one assigned to each half of the range.

The RM program is outlined here. It's a year-long intensive correspondence program. You must have a minimum of 2 years in service as a CRO in order to start the RM program. There are no exceptions to this rule. If you have not completed two full years as a CRO, you cannot begin your RM training. The training culminates with the candidate's service as a CRO at a National-level match and a review before a panel of your peers at the match.

Retaining Certification as RM:

ANNUALLY Work as:
  • RO or higher at USPSA Nationals
  • CRO or higher at Level III USPSA match
  • TD or RM at Level II USPSA match

  • Failure to do so will result in certification being changed to CRO. At such time as certification is changed, RM will be subject to recertification procedures of CRO, namely, an annual exam.

    If RM wishes to regain his certification as RM he must, within the calendar year in which he lost RM certification, meet the following requirements:

    Work as:
    CRO or higher at USPSA Nationals
    --OR--
    TD or RM some other Level III USPSA match

    Upon completion of one of those tasks RM status will be reinstated. If completion of those tasks are not completed, RM will remain CRO indefinitely or until such time as he completes the RM training again. If RM does not complete requirements to maintain CRO certification (annual exam), he will lose all certification completely and will no longer be a certified official with the NROI.

    Tournament Director (TD) (formerly Match Director)

    A Tournament Director's focus is mainly on match administration. A TD is responsible for all of the details required to get a match off the ground such as, but not limited to: budget, staffing, course review, match hotels, supplies, prizes, planning, setup, squadding, etc. The list is long and varied.

    The TD program is outlined here. It's a year-long intensive correspondence program. You must have a minimum of 2 years in service as a CRO in order to start the TD program. There are no exceptions to this rule, if you have not completed two full years as a CRO, you cannot begin your TD training. The training culminates with the candidate's successful production of a tournament-level match.

    Retaining Certification as TD:

    ANNUALLY Work as:
  • RO or higher at USPSA Nationals
  • CRO or higher at Level III USPSA match
  • TD or RM at Level II USPSA match


  • Failure to do so will result in certification being changed to CRO. At such time as certification is changed TD will be subject to recertification procedures of CRO, namely, an annual exam.

    If TD wishes to regain his certification as TD he must, within the calendar year in which he lost certification, meet the following requirements:

    Produce, on paper, an 18-stage Level III USPSA match, including COF, walk throughs and squadding to the satisfaction of the Director of the NROI.

    Upon completion of this task, TD status will be reinstated. If completion of this task is not completed, TD will remain CRO indefinitely or until such time as he completes the TD training again. If TD does not complete requirements to maintain CRO certification (annual exam), he will lose all certification completely and will no longer be a certified official with the NROI.