• Unit standard 123515 Handle and use a handgun for business purpose
  • Unit standard 123519 Handle and use a Manually Operated Rifle or Carbine for business purpose
  • Unit standard 123511 Handle and use a Self-loading rifle or carbine for business purpose
  • Unit standard 123514 Handle and use a shotgun for business purpose


When you decide to take the step in obtaining your business purpose competency, you need to first successfully have completed the Basic Competency course Unit Standard training at an accredited training provider. Depending on the circumstances the Business Purpose course will take place over a period of 2 full day's training.  Before you attend the class, your "open book" exams must be completed in the manual with a black pen. Self-study and completion of the open book exam may take up to 2 - 3 hours of study per unit standard.

The firearm unit standard training consists out of an "open and closed book" exam for the theory part and a practice (formative) and evaluation (summative) evaluation, shooting live rounds and successfully being evaluated according to a checklist of procedures that must be done by the student.

One needs to pass all of the above evaluations to receive a course certificate.

Course certificates of the basic competency course and business purpose course, as well as your SAPS Competency certificate, are all you need to prove that you are competent.


Your SAPS Competency certificate will be valid as long as the firearm license used for that specific competency is valid. The firearm license is the important factor. Renew your competency with the firearm license. For all other cases, your competency will be valid by referring to the date on the card/document from the SAPS.

Please renew your license and competency at least 90 days before the expiry date.

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