The practical evaluation to attain dedicated status consists of:

-  Shooting one target to attain Dedicated Hunter Status - score 60%

-  Shooting one target to attain Dedicated Sport-person status - score 60%

If you do the Dedicated Hunter & Sport-Person Course, you must shoot one target for Dedicated Hunter and one target for Dedicated Sport-Person


You may shoot on any publicly recognised shooting range

See our list of NHSA Friendly Shooting Ranges HERE  (it is not compulsory that you shoot only on the ranges on this list)

If you do not have access to a public shooting range but you have access to a private shooting range, i.e. a range on a farm, follow this procedure to request permission to shoot there please.


For their Practical Sections of the NHSA Dedicated Status Courses, candidates may only use the Targets, which can be downloaded from the following links:

Choose the option you have enrolled for below:

1.   Targets for the Practical Section of the Dedicated Hunter Status Course

2.   Targets for the Practical Section of the Dedicated Sport-Person Course

3.   Targets for the Practical Section of the Dedicated Hunter & Sport-Person Course

Original targets shot as practical for all dedicated courses must be kept by the candicdate for three months after date of being shot for purposes of verification by the office if the need should arise.

If original targets are not kept in this manner, and verification cannot be done because the orginal targets have been lost or thrown away, the candidate will have to re-do the practical section(s) of the dedicated cours(es) s/he had enrolled for.


Black Powder Handguns or Rifles are not accepted for practical for the dedicated status courses. 

You may use a Semi-Auto Rifle/Carbine but in the single fire mode on the Precision Shooting 100m Center Fire Rifle target (not on a semi-auto exercise target).  Enter the score as if for an ordinary Centre-Fire Rifle please.

The candidate may only shoot the required Target(s) in accordance with the prescripts of the relevant shooting exercise

Remember you MUST Apply to be Awarded Dedicated Status after having Completed the Dedicated Course(s)

Do not miss this last step in being awarded dedicated status !!

Once the candidate has successfully completed the theoretical and practical sections of the relevant dedicated status course(s), s/he will be notified by Email that s/he may officially download his/her dedicated certificates from his/her Personal Natshoot Profile Page (see My NHSA Documents).

All queries regarding the practical for dedicated status courses, must please be sent to dedstatus@natshoot.co.za