The training and education of competent range officers and safe competitors is the first line of defense in keeping the sports of Cowboy Action Shooting and Wild Bunch Action Shooting both a safe environment for everyone to enjoy. The success of the SASS Range Operations Safety Course program is only as good as the instructors that deliver the courses. As such, a thorough application and screening process is in place to ensure only the highest quality instructors become SASS Certified Instructors. SASS RO Instructors demonstrate an unparalleled dedication and commitment to the sport and to the Single Action Shooting Society.
The primary role of the instructor is education. The instructor must be active, engaged, and up-to-date on all rules and safety covenants within the SASS Shooters Handbooks, RO Materials, and supporting documents. The instructor will be certified and authorized to organize and present RO Courses on an as-scheduled and volunteer basis within their area/region and beyond.
To apply to become a SASS Certified RO Instructor, the following criteria must be present:
Once the criteria above have been met, the application process can begin.
In addition to completion of the official application, two letters of recommendation are also required. Final certification will be awarded after the applicant has scheduled and completed a full course instruction under the supervision of one of the following: 1) A member of the SASS ROC, 2) A member of the SASS Advisory Board, 3) A Regional Chief RO, or 4) A designate predetermined by SASS. Assistance in scheduling the supervised course can be coordinated through SASS Headquarters, most commonly at SASS Sanctioned events (state level and above) in which SASS members will be present.
Once the supervised course has been completed and the application criteria met, the candidate will be notified by SASS within 30 days on the status of their certification.
SASS expects the following from all certified SASS RO Instructors:
SASS RO Instructor certifications are for a term of two years. All instructors must renew their certification at the set interval, regardless of the date of certification. (2023, 2025, 2027, etc.) SASS reserves the right to deny and/or revoke any instructor certification at any time due to failure to adhere to the guidelines of the propgram, inadequacy, inactivity, poor attitude, or any conduct not conducive to the mission of the program.