The Gun Trade Association RFD Courses


The GTA RFD course aims to offer further information and help to non-RFD holders looking to set up a business in the trade, in order for them to be better equipped in applying for, and attaining, their RFD. The course also offers current RFDs the opportunity to refresh their memories of best practice guides as well as their key responsibilities as dealers. Various experts from the industry speak on a variety of topics throughout the duration of the course. Many topics are covered including licensing, firearms law, antiques, security, marketing, import/export and explosives. It's a packed couple of days with a chance to make new contacts over a great social supper :) We cover:

Firearms – definition, types, Firearms Acts, Firearms Rules, Firearms Regulations, Registers – Accounting.  Book, electronic, Proof, 
Certificates  - what can I sell to who – incl permits

Applications, Requirements – medical etc. Business Case preparation, Security – physical, procedural, alarms. RFD Certificates – not all the same
Servants Section 5 Explosives Ammunition management FEO Visits

Sect 5 Firearms, Antiques, Destruction, Import Export, Trade Knowledge, Deactivated Firearms, Insurance, Wholesale, Marketing, Social Media, Exhibitions, Banking, Carriage – firearms, dangerous goods.  Home / abroad, Demonstration, Dealer to dealer, Remote sales, Lead alternatives, Shooting disciplines, Shooting organisations, Gun and ammunition design background.

Book your place for 2021


Our courses are held over two days, usually at Bisley Shooting Ground, though we will be holding courses in the north of the UK too. 

                             Covid 19 procedures are of course of utmost importance, and followed according to Government guidance.

Potential GTA members are welcome. Existing GTA members get a discount. 

Call us on 01684 291868 or email on to reserve your place.

What they say:

“I would highly recommend the GTA RFD course to anyone looking to apply to be a RFD; anyone already trading as an RFD and anyone looking to trade with a RFD. No matter how long you have been in the industry, the landscape is constantly changing as is the law and this course captures every key element to not only ensure Best Practice within the trade but also provide a unique opportunity for discussion and opportunity to ask those strange, no-obvious-answer queries that we all experience every now and again. It is, quite frankly, a ‘no-brainer’ investment and I will be sending more of my staff on the course over the coming months.” Sam MacArthur, Managing Director, Viking Arms

 "Lovely few days of networking and training @bisley_shooting . Thank you so much"