5354—GUNSMITH QUALIFICATION
The lack of gunsmiths in the community is a problem which could lead to unnecessary gun safety issues in the broader community. The governments do not fund any gun smithing courses anywhere in Australia and this is a nation wide concern. The extract below is from NSW;s parliament,
Mr Richard Amery to the Minister for Education—
1.What courses are available for individuals wanting to become a qualified gunsmith in New South Wales?
2.What advice does TAFE offer to anyone seeking such a qualification?

Answer—


(1) There are no specific vocational qualifications for gunsmiths. People working in the firearms industry in New South Wales must meet the appropriate firearm licensing conditions to allow them to possess and repair firearms. This includes a requirement to undertake firearms safety and handling courses.

While there is no specific gunsmith qualification, the Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade with a specialisation in toolmaking provides a range of skills appropriate for gunsmiths. This qualification is on the 2014 NSW Skills List and can be undertaken either as an apprenticeship or a non-apprenticeship qualification.

(2) TAFE NSW does not currently offer units in gunsmithing. However TAFE NSW delivers the Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade which can provide a foundation for on-the-job training with a gunsmith.