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. 

Announcing the APSI Courses for 2019

APSI courses are off to a flying start, with the two Spring Basic (Part One) courses already fully booked. The next Basic course will be held in Autumn 2019, from 30th September to 3rd October, inclusive, at Doveridge Shooting Ground in Derbyshire. For further information please contact Secretary Chris Miles at chris@apsi.co.uk

APSI Advanced Coaching Course (Part two)

Course dates: September 9 – 12 inclusive
Course cost: £1,200.00

APSI is pleased to announce that for 2019 an Advanced coaching course will take place at Forrest Estate Shooting Ground, near Castle Douglas, in the Scottish Borders. 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. We only run the Part two courses every two or three years and we can accommodate a maximum of 12 participants. If you wish to participate please note these 12 places are likely to go quickly!

It is a requirement of participation that anyone wishing to take part will have completed the Basic (Part One) course at least 12 months previously, or is already an APSI member with a minimum of 12 months standing.

The course includes accommodation, breakfast & lunch.

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

The new APSI disability coaching course

Aware of the considerable success of the Paralympic and the Invictus Games, APSI focus has turned to the challenges of coaching those who are disabled. Following a year of work and consultation with disabled shooters, the APSI has launched a course specifically aimed at equipping coaches to work safely and effectively with disabled shooters.

The course has been written by Guy Field & Trevor Forster ( Both Fellows of APSI & members of the Management Committee). The course is open to all members of the APSI.

The first course was held on Tuesday 9th April 2019 and was a great success.

The next 2019 course dates are as follows:

Wednesday 19 June & Tuesday 6 August.

Both commence at 9am at Yeaveley Estate , Yeaveley, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 2DT. The cost is £195 & includes breakfast & lunch., cartridges and clays.

The course deals with the issues surrounding the instruction of both the novice & the experienced disabled shooter.

Health & Safety , risk assessments and specialist equipment/techniques are all covered during the morning.

After lunch a practical shooting session takes place covering many of the aspects discussed during the morning session.

The courses end at approximately 4.00pm.

A certificate of attendance will be given to all at the end of the day.

For further details or to book a place please contact Pam Miles on 01782 397961 or via email admin@apsi.co.uk.

The Level One FITASC Course

The first Level One FITASC Coach’s course of 2019 will be held at Doveridge Shooting Ground from May 6 – 9 inclusive. The course is endorsed by the FITASC organisation, and successful candidates will receive the coveted FITASC Level 1 coach’s badge and worldwide recognition as a FITASC coach. Their success will also appear in an exclusive coach’s list on the FITASC website.

Cost of the course is £1,150 Sterling per person, which includes accommodation in a good local hotel, breakfast and lunch, plus all cartridges and clays. UK shooters wishing to participate should contact APSI, who will then pass the application to the BICTSF for its approval. While this is usually a formality it is a FITASC requirement of entry to ensure that all national bodies are kept in the loop.

Please note: Non-UK shooters and coaches should apply directly to FITASC Paris, email address fitasc@fitasc.com, who will then notify the relevant national federation.

UK applicants please contact APSI Chairman, Paul Bentley, at pb@totalshooting.com for further information

Successful candidates receive the FITASC Coach jacket badge, the FITASC Coach Certificate and inclusion on the FITASC website as an official FITASC coach. This is a coaching award recognised worldwide.

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 £225, 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


  • Please note that the minimum age for course attendance is now 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