APSI has been running instructor courses since 2002. They have proved very popular and a selection of courses to cater for all requirements is now available. 

A new addition is the first officially accredited FITASC Part One instructor course, which was held in May 2018.


APSI/FITASC Instructor Courses

At its General Assembly in Budapest in July 2017, FITASC elected APSI to be the body responsible for designing and presenting instructor courses on its behalf, on a worldwide basis. This is a considerable accolade for APSI that will further enhance its reputation as well as that of its members.

There will be Level 1, 2 and 3 courses available, plus discipline specific courses.

The Inaugural FITASC Level 1 Instructor Course

Following considerable development, the first ever FITASC instructor course was run in May 2018 at the excellent Doveridge Shooting Ground in Derbyshire. The course attracted students from seven nations. Successful students received certificates and the soon-to-be-coveted and exclusive FITASC coaching badge. Students will also feature in a special instructors’ section on the FITASC web site.

Above: FITASC Course students enjoying fine weather at Doveridge Shooting Ground

Important information for FITASC Courses

If you are a UK citizen and wish to participate in the FITASC course:

  • No previous coaching experience is required but you must have a minimum of at least 3 years shooting experience
    You must be a minimum of 21 years of age when the course begins
    You must have no medical condition that would preclude you from attending the course
    You must hold a current Shotgun Certificate
    You are not forbidden under the Firearms Act to handle firearms and shotguns

If you satisfy the above requirements simply email pb@totalshooting.com with your details and an application form will be sent to you.

Successful students are awarded a FITASC Coaching Accreditation, a FITASC Certificate and FITASC Coach’s jacket badge. The award will represent a coaching qualification that is recognised worldwide.

Please note:
Non-UK citizens should apply for the course through their national FITASC Federation  

For 2018 APSI ran two Spring Basic Courses, as detailed below.

1st Spring APSI Basic Coaching Course (Part One)

This course is now concluded and below are the sixteen students who took part. They enjoyed mostly fine weather for the four days of the course, held at the beautful Lady’s Wood Shooting Ground in Gloucestershire

2nd Spring APSI Basic Coaching Course (Part One)

The second APSI Basic course was held at clay shooting Mecca, Doveridge Shooting Ground in Derbyshire. The sixteen students enjoyed fine weather throughout the course.

The APSI Autumn Basic Course

The Autumn Course will be held from 1st – 4th October, 2018, inclusive. Price is £1,150.00. Venue is the excellent Doveridge Shooting Ground Nr Ashbourne, Derbyshire.

The APSI (Part One) Basic Course provides the type of education typically received by a trainee coach at a shooting school, essentially covering both clay and game shooting coaching.

The course price includes 4 nights in a good local hotel, breakfast & lunch, cartridges & clays.

For further information: Call Chris Miles on 01782 397961 or email: chris@apsi.co.uk

APSI Advanced Coaching Course (Part two)

Course dates: tbc
Course cost: tbc

The aim of this course is to expand on the topics covered in the Part One Basic Coaching Course, and to introduce a series of additional topics required by the professional instructor and specialist discipline coach.

The course includes accommodation, breakfast & lunch.

For further information: Call Chris Miles on 01782 397961 or email: chris@apsi.co.uk


Autumn Gun Fitting Course

We are pleased to announce that APSI will be running its Autumn Gun Fitting course on October 15, 2018, at Clay Shots Ltd. This venue adjoins West London Shooting School, just a bit further up Sharvel Lane, West End Road, Northolt, UB5 6RA.

The course offers clear explanations of the complete gun fitting process, from start to finish. There will be good selection of adjustable ‘Try Guns’ available, both s/s and o/u, and participants will have the opportunity to perform gun fittings under the guidance of the course tutors.

APSI is offering an attractive concession for its members: cost is £195 per person, and £225 for non-members. Prices include tea/coffee and lunch, all equipment and cartridges/clays.

Timings: 0900 arrival for 0930 start. Course concludes 1600.

Please note there is a maximum of 12 places available.

For further information or to book a place: Call Chris Miles on 01782 397961 or email: chris@apsi.co.uk

ISSF Skeet and Trap Coaching Course

Course dates: tbc
Course cost: tbc

The next APSI ISSF Skeet and Trap course will be held, actual date to be finalised. The course is a step on from the APSI courses already on offer. It is aimed at the clay discipline coach looking to extend his/her knowledge base to include these testing international disciplines, also the ISSF shooter who is looking to become a coach in the future

An increasing number of clay shooters, particularly youngsters, are turning to these disciplines and the demand for Olympic discipline coaches is growing.

For further information: For details please contact Paul Bentley at pb@totalshooting.com

One Day Instructor Course

Course dates: tbc
Course cost: Cost is £195, for a minimum 12 participants.

Following many requests APSI now provides a single day instructor introductory course. This serves as an introduction to the Part One basic course, and also as a quick education in corporate event instruction. It’s ideal for the experienced Shot who perhaps has been asked to help out at the local shooting ground on corporate events, but is unsure about coaching and the safety aspects involved.

The course includes the important APSI Safety Test (which satisfies the Health & Safety Executive and insurance companies). This is a vital document for all shooting grounds that employ part time staff.

Note: Because of the difficulty of bringing together so many individuals for a short course APSI now runs these courses in response to requests from shooting grounds or members of the gun trade, although freelance individuals can often take part.

For further information: Call Chris Miles on 01782 397961 or email: chris@apsi.co.uk

Courses Review

The general requirements for all APSI course participation has been adjusted and came into operation as of 01/01/2018. The changes in the criteria for attending courses now include:

  • Minimum age for attendance 21 years
  • Each participant must be legally qualified to possess and use shotguns in their home country
  • Each participant must submit a passport type photograph with their application