Category M Courses

10618NAT Course in Firearms Safety (approved for firearms licensing in Queensland) – CATEGORY M CROSSBOWS

Crossbows are classed as a Category M weapon in QLD. They can be used for sports and target shooting, as well as recreational shooting on a property. Unlike firearms, they are quiet and the bolts travel shorter distances than projectiles making them a great alternative to firearms on smaller properties; or perhaps something for the avid bow hunter to consider.

A basic introduction to crossbows, this course encompasses the essential skills and knowledge in relation to weapons legislation, crossbows in the community, licensing requirements, safe handling, safe storage and transport as well as a range of additional information that is essential for all arbalests. The course content is covered through a range of mediums including classroom-based theory, practical handling of a crossbow and a live fire activity on an approved range.

This course includes the following unit of competency:

  • WSCQPS006A Use crossbow lawfully, responsibly and safely.

This Firearms Safety Course is delivered face-to-face over 8 hours including a live fire range practice at our state of the art range.

Crossbow Licensing in QLD is administered by the QLD Police Weapons Licensing Branch. Information regarding the licence application process is provided during the course. For more information about licensing or to lodge an online application click here.

Note – as part of the licence application, applicants are required to submit evidence of their genuine reason for a firearms licence. Examples of this include:

Sports/Target ShootingMembership of a crossbow club
Recreational Shooting (Hunting)Details of your property or a letter from a property owner granting permission to use their property
Occupational Requirement (including Primary Producers)Details of your property and the requirement for firearms or a letter from your employer outlining the requirement for you to use firearms
Collection of WeaponsLetter outlining the weapons to be collected or membership of an approved firearms collectors guild

All Queensland Training Centres’ licensed qualified instructors are provided with the same powerpoint presentation to present the courses throughout Qld. This is part of QTC’s quality assurance that all students are trained in the same manner. We can then assure that all our trainers are using and presenting the same Firearms Safety course for Nat 10618 time after time.

Qld Training Centre RTO. 40463 Guarantees all applicants undertaking any of our NAT 10618 Firearms safety course offered and completed by one of our qualified instructed throughout Qld that your Statement of Attainment will be issued within 24 hours after the QTC office has received the relevant student details from the trainer confirming that you have completed and been deemed competent in the categories you are under taking.

Certificates will be emailed directly to the applicant with a copy to the trainer. A hard copy can be mailed if requested by the student.

The statement of attainment is valid for twelve months from the date of issue.

Course Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, participants will receive a Statement of Attainment for 10618NAT Course in Firearms Safety (Approved for Firearms Licensing in Queensland).

This course meets the training requirements to apply for a QLD Weapons Licence for Category M Crossbows.

Entry Requirements

In order to participate in this course, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Must be over 18 years of age (or have written consent from parent/guardian to attend)
  2. Must not have any physical or other impairment which would prevent you from handling firearms safely – if unsure, seek advice from your GP or contact us to discuss suitability
  3. Must not have any criminal convictions (relating to drug use, violence or weapons) in the past five years
  4. Must not have been a subject to a domestic violence order in the past five years
  5. Must not have been a subject to an involuntary mental health order in the past five years

Contact QLD Training Centre


85 Edmund Rice Drive
Southport QLD 4214

Ph: 0408 432 342