International Firearm Training Academy
EXPERT FIREARM TRAINING
South Africa’s market leader in firearm training.
The International Training Academy was started in 1993 as an
Instructor Training Organisation. In its first two years it
became South Africa’s largest Firearm Training Association,
offering courses in all aspects of firearm training and
disciplines. The ITA has trained over 1600 instructors
country-wide, specializing in basic to advanced training in
handguns, shotguns, and rifles. The ITA has a board of 36
counsellors (Instructor Trainers), who specialize in various
subjects relating to firearm training. Andre Pretorius is the
Chairman of the Board and has been a Firearms Instructor for 21
years. Andre Pretorius comes from a military background, serving
in the South African Defense Force. He has attended courses
around the world and continues to stay current on developments
in training and education by liaising with SAQA, SASSETA & the
various Standards Generating Bodies. The International Training
Academy is accredited with the SASSETA (Safety and Security
Sectoral Education and Training Authority), PSIRA (Private
Security Industry Regulatory Authority) and the SAPS (South
African Police Services).
TRAINING THE ITA WAY
ITA serves as a Lead Service Provider body for various
organizations in South Africa. ITA provides training material
for more than 260 accredited training centers country-wide. ITA
has trained their instructors and continues to provide support
in the form of training materials, assessment tools and
methodologies used in firearm training to these centers.
Andre has written books on firearm training for Universities and
has designed courses for instructors who work in various sectors
of the firearm industry, including, but not limited to, the
SAPS, military, private security, nature conservation, VIP
protection, metro police and civilian sectors.
Andre, through the ITA, trains various specialised groups, and
designs courses and training programmes in specialised fields.
Some examples of this would include: De Beers Diamond Mine –
Diamonds-in-Transit Protection Team; Anglo Gold Asset Protection
Team; The Scorpions (South Africa’s Elite Law Enforcement Unit);
and SBV Cash-in-Transit Team Instructors (SBV is South Africa’s
largest cash-in-transit company). Specialised programmes are
designed to cater for the individual needs of each group. Andre
Pretorius is recognized as one of the leading experts in
tactical training and course development in the world. 2008 is
Andre’s 21st year in firearm training.
The ITA training system has enabled more than 260 training
providers’ country wide to ease into the SAQA/SETA system which
is a requirement of the new Firearm Control Act (60/2000) with
user friendly training materials and Quality Management Systems.
The ITA training centre located at 31 Voortrekker Road,
Mindalore Krugersdorp, offers courses from basic to tactical
level in all types of firearms (handgun, shotgun, rifle and
(Firearm license renewals can also be done at this facility).
The indoor shooting range at this facility is accredited by the
South African Bureau of Standards as well as the SAPS.