INTERNATIONAL PRACTICAL SHOOTING CONFEDERATION (IPSC) LAUNCHES MISSIA
In response to a growing demand and interest in Practical Shooting worldwide the International
Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) announces the creation of the Master International Shooting Safety Instructors Association (MISSIA).
MISSIA was created to establish a structure for the accreditation, recognition and maintenance of
International Shooting Safety Instructors. It ensures that IPSC Instructors are the best trained, the
best qualified and the best prepared to establish a uniform worldwide standard for training IPSC
“All international sports should have solid training programs and a coaching structure for the safe and efficient performance of their athletes. Therefore, the decision to create the MISSIA within the IPSC structure has always been one of our main goals. Our first mission is to develop this within IPSC and subsequently to bring our culture of safe gun handling to the attention of the whole shooting world’’ said the IPSC President, Vitaly Kryuchin.
One International Instructor, called a Master International Instructor, will be appointed in every IPSC Region. The Master Instructor will then pass on to the other Instructors and Coaches in his Region the minimum IPSC international training standards.
In IPSC Regions that already have an approved national system for training IPSC shooters, the
Master Instructor will ensure that the minimum international training standard is implemented within the national program.
The International IPSC Instructor for every IPSC Region must meet the following minimum criteria:
- Must be able to demonstrate reasonably high shooting skills;
- Must be able to train and certify new members, passing on his knowledge of safe handlingand use of firearms, according to the approved training syllabus;
- Must either be an International Range Officers Association (IROA) or National Range Officers Institute (NROI) member, or become one within six months of the date of passing the MISSIA International Instructors Seminar;
- Must be willing to teach people IPSC shooting skills;
- Should be available to conduct IPSC classes during weekends, if it is required;
- Must train a minimum of 5 new IPSC members each year per Region;
- Must pass the First Aid Seminar from an approved course provider, or take part in one within six months of the date of passing the MISSIA International Instructors Seminar;
- Must speak English.
The new structure requires that, in the future, IPSC Regions must have a strong “Three Musketeers” team comprising the Regional Director, the NROI Chairman and а Master International Instructor.
One person can hold a maximum of two positions.
The MISSIA International Instructors Certification Seminars will take place throughout the year and will be organized before each Continental Championship (Level IV match) and World Shoot (Level V match). The Seminars in 2018 will be conducted by the IPSC President.
In these Seminars, MISSIA will certify Master International Instructors and International Instructors
nominated by the Regions.
For MISSIA Seminars, participants need to be nominated by a Regional Director and require firearms: handgun, shotgun or rifle. Participants also need a minimum of 200 rounds of ammunition for the handgun and 100 rounds for the shotgun/rifle. There is no fee for attending the Seminar.
In 2018, MISSIA Seminars will take place in seven countries: Australia, France, Czech Republic,
South Africa, Jamaica, Sweden and Thailand.
2018 Calendar of MISSIA Seminars
- AUSTRALASIA May 18 Darwin, Australia
- EUROPE May 25 Chateauroux, France
- EUROPE June 20 Hodonice, Czech Republic
- AFRICA July 9 Polokwane, South Africa
- PANAMERICA July 21 Kingston, Jamaica
- EUROPE August 1 Varmland, Sweden
- AUSTRALASIA September 11 Bangkok, Thailand