How do I become an Instructor?

How to become an Instructor
How to Become an Instructor




The FSESO is currently accepting instructor applications from experienced shooters with a commitment to public safety.   If you are interested in becoming an instructor with the FSESO, please review the list of qualifications below carefully before applying.  Our number one priority is public safety and we screen all candidates carefully. Applications from those who do not meet all qualifications will not be considered.  

While we are accepting applications from interested candidates, we have completed the selection of candidates for our 2018 and 2019 instructor training sessions.   If you wish to apply for consideration for a 2020 session, please complete and submit your application.  We review applications at the end of each quarter and all applicants will be contacted regarding the outcome of their individual applications following this review. 

Before completing your application, please review the FSESO Instructor Qualifications listed below to ensure you meet all requirements.  In addition to completing the application form, please ensure you provide detailed documentation with respect to your teaching and firearms experience. 


Please review the qualifications and the instructions below before submitting your application. 


Canadian Firearms Safety Course Instructor Qualifications

Our number one priority is public safety.   As such, we screen all candidates carefully.  To be considered as an instructor for the CFSC and CRFSC, an applicant must meet the following minimum requirements:

General Requirements

·        Genuine commitment to public safety and responsible firearms handling and use

·        Advanced knowledge of, and experience handling, non-restricted and restricted firearms (including all action types)

·        Demonstrated understanding of the key principles of firearms safety

·        Extensive experience teaching diverse participant groups using a variety of instructional techniques

·        Computer literate and proficient in PowerPoint

·        Access to high-speed internet and email


Firearms Training and Knowledge

·        Have held a valid PAL with Non-restricted and Restricted privileges for minimum of five years (equivilent experience may be considered)

·        Not have a criminal record that would affect issuance of a Firearms Licence or Authorization to Transport

·        Have advanced knowledge and understanding of firearms safety, firearms safety training and safe handling of non-restricted and restricted firearm action types

·        Submit proof of successful completion of the Canadian Firearms Safety Course and Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (post February 1999) and test with a minimum mark of 90% in both the written and practical examination or submit proof of successful completion of a challenge test with a minimum mark of 90% on both written and practical examinations

·        Willingness to acquire training firearms and dummy ammunition as required under the FSESO Policies and Procedures


Equivalent experience may be considered for applicants who have held a valid PAL for fewer than five years.   Detailed documentation of firearms experience must be provided for consideration. 

If you do not have access to your CFSC/CRFSC scores, please contact the Chief Firearms Office for the province in which you took the courses. 

When completing your application, please ensure you provide specific and detailed documentation to demonstrate how your experience meets the above requirements, including advanced knowledge of, and experience handling, restricted and non-restricted fierearms.  


Teaching/Coaching Experience

·        Extensive experience teaching diverse participant groups:

  • Youth
  • Adults
  • Participants with special needs

·        Experience delivering complex and technical material using a variety of teaching methods 

·        Formal firearms instruction experience 

·        Experience coaching and/or teaching sports 

·        Experience delivering safety-related training


When completing your application, please ensure you provide specific and detailed documentation to demonstrate how your experience meets the above requirements. 


Candidate Selection Process

All applications will be reviewed by our Selection Committee.  Please note the Selection Committee meets quarterly and there may be a delay of up to 90 days from the time you submit your application.  We will contact all applicants regarding the outcome of their application.  

If selected to proceed in the process, candidates will be required to submit a Police Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Check prior to enrolment in the instructor training session.


Instructor Designation Process

Instructor candidates must:

·        Successfully complete all steps of the Instructor Designation process, including, but not limited to the following requirements:

o   Train-the-Trainer program and related requirements

o   Instructor Candidate Coaching Program

o   Classroom audit of the CFSC/CRFSC program conducted by a Provincial Trainer

o   All other assignment professional development programs, including Regional Workshops where applicable

·        Submit to a background and application investigation conducted by the Chief Firearms Office

·        Acquire and pay for all applicable insurance as required by the FSESO.


All successfully designated instructors must:

·        Maintain a commitment to public safety

·        Deliver the CFCS/CRFSC programs with integrity, consistency and respect for participants

·        Adhere to all applicable FSESO policies and procedures, applicable laws and regulations, and all other requirements as mandated by the Chief Firearms Officer and/or the FSESO

·        Remain a member in good standing with the Firearms Safety Education Service of Ontario (FSESO), and continue to maintain valid insurance through the FSESO

·        Successfully complete all annual professional development programs


Submitting Your Application 

To submit your application, please download the FSESO Instructor Application Form (please scroll down to the bottom of the page for this form), complete all sections in full, providing supporting documentation as applicable, and submit the completed form to the FSESO Administration Office:

Email   (Please indicate Instructor Application in the Subject line)



Attention: Instructor Applications @ 705-325-9193



Attention: Instructor Applications


3 Progress Drive, Unit # 2

Orillia, ON

L3V 0T7


Please be advised that if selected to continue in the Instructor Designation Process, you will be required to submit a Police Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Check.  

If you have any questions please contact Sara Cahill at 1-877-322-2345.

Instructor Portal

FSESO Instructors may access an Instructors Only website and perform tasks such as Adding a Course and Updating Your Profile. Click on the Portal Log In button to get to the FSESO Instructor Site.

FSESO Instructor Only Login Portal

Study Manuals

The new study manual is available. It includes both the Canadian Firearm Safety Course and Canadian  Restricted Firearm Safety Course  material. 

Find FSESO Study Manuals Here


Courses and Fees

Each province has its own delivery method for the Canadian Firearms Safety Courses. In Ontario, each instructor / examiner delivers the course directly to the public.

Find FSESO Courses and Fee Information Here

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