General Skills Courses


Shotgun Loader

Shotguns can be used within a work based role.   It is essential that they are used safely and responsibly and that you are aware of all of safety rules and regulations that accompany the use of them.

This course is available to you if you have previous knowledge and experience in shooting and has been designed to consolidate and progress your existing shotgun field shooting skills as involved in the loading and assisting role. You may progress on to engagement as loaders and assistants in formal game shooting, either recreationally or linked to a work role requirement.

You do not need to bring ammunition as this will be provided by the shooting school or ground. No live ammunition is permitted within the classroom under any circumstances. The instructor will handle and administer ammunition on the shooting ground. Candidates will be permitted to handle, strip and clean their own shotguns as directed by the instructor.

Course Content:

  • Understand the professional role of the shooting loader
  • Appreciate the importance of appropriate standards of behaviour and etiquette in the shooting field
  • Identify main quarry species
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the sporting shotgun consistent with the role of the loader
  • Understand firearms legislation of relevance to the loader
  • Undertake shotgun cleaning and appropriate maintenance consistent with the role of the loader
  • Demonstrate safe shotgun handling and loading routines consistent with the use of a single gun
  • Demonstrate safe shotgun handling and loading routines consistent with the use of a pair of guns
  • Appreciate the process of risk assessment relevant to formal driven shooting
  • Demonstrate the management of risk by applying health and safety measures as a loader.

 Course Length:

  • 1 Day

West Berks & Oxon Training

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us

07919 430312

Kilmarnock House
Unit 1 Woolley Barns
Woolley Nr Wantage
Oxon, OX12 8TA