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How to Obtain and Maintain Certification Within NROI

Table Of Contents

  1. Range Officer
  2. Chief Range Officer
  3. Range Master


  • Take RO Seminar
  • No prior experience required, but student MUST BE a member of USPSA prior to class. (Can join at seminar)
  • Final Exam: 50 question final sent to instructor
  • Maintain certification by taking annual exam
  • Next level of certification > CRO

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 linkor 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. 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 dashboard to take the exam online. You will receive a postcard 30 days prior to expiration, informing you that your exam is ready.  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 or personal password 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. 

8) If you have been expired for more than six months, you'll need to take the long version of the exam as per NROI policy. This version can be found on your profile up to one year after your certification has expired. See this page for information on how to access your exam. 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.

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 profile page on the first of November.


  • Take CRO seminar
  • One Year experience as RO required
  • Final Exam: Design 1 Course of fire
  • Maintain certification by taking annual exam
  • Next level of certification > RM or TD

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.

In order to obtain certification as CRO attend a CRO seminar in your area, just as you attended the RO seminar. Again, just  monitor the seminar schedule  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.

You must have a minimum of a year's certification as a Range Officer before taking the CRO seminar. 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.

  • If certification is allowed to lapse the following policy is in place: If the CRO is expired for more than 6 months, but less than a year, they must take the 50 question Level One exam and submit a course of fire for evaluation. If the CRO is expired for over one year, they must retake the Level I seminar again, to regain their level II certification. If there have been no major rule changes since the date of expiration it is also possible to take the CRO recert program via correspondence. NROI HQ will determine what constitutes a major rule change.


  • Complete year-long  correspondence course.
  • Final: Work as CRO or higher at National-level match and a review before a panel of peers at the match.
  • Maintain certification(see below for requirements).
  • Log matches worked online.

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 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 Complete ONE of the following 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
    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.

The process for logging matches worked is as follows: log in to your personal profile and click the link that says,
"update your work record"  in the RO Certification Info section and enter work history there. You will need your personal password or PIN in order to access your profile. The Director of NROI will monitor submitted matches and approve them as per the guidelines above.