Do I Need To Take The Course?

Do I Need To Take The Course?



On June 18th, 2015, the Common Sense Firearms Licencing Act received Royal Assent.  It amended the Criminal Code and the Firearms Act to make classroom participation in firearms safety training mandatory for first time licence applicants.

The Canadian Firearms Safety Courses are introductory courses intended for all new firearms users, as well as for those who wish to better familiarize themselves with the safe handling of firearms.

To be eligible to apply for a Possession and Acquisition Licence, classroom participation in the full Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) is mandatory for first-time licence applicants. Once the course is completed, individuals will then have to pass the tests.

In accordance with the Firearms Act, a firearms safety course focusing on restricted firearms was developed and implemented on February 1, 1999. Individuals wishing to acquire restricted firearms must take the full classroom delivery of the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) and the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC), and pass all the tests.

The courses will provide you with current information and safe handling practices for firearms which will better prepare you for the mandatory tests, both written and handling portions, should you choose to apply for a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL).

These courses are designed to familiarize you with the safe use, and responsible handling of firearms and ammunition.  They will cover topics such the basic parts of a firearm, proper loading and unloading of the firearm, proper stances for discharging the firearm, safe storage and transportation of firearms, in addition to carrying a firearm safely.

You will receive the opportunity at several points during the course, to handle, load, and unload various firearm actions, and will be instructed on how to safely handle these firearms with hands on supervision from a qualified instructor.

Courses can be taken at your convenience by contacting an FSESO Instructor, who will provide a list of available course dates and costs. Please note that the FSESO does not have a master list of these course your local instructor for those details.

Both the CFSC and CRFSC Course Study manuals can be ordered from the FSESO in advance, to allow for the opportunity to get familiar with various points of proper firearm handling and safety. The cost is $21.00 per manual which includes shipping and taxes. The manuals may also be available in person from your Instructor, and cost $21.00 including tax.

If you have any further questions about taking the course, please contact your local instructor or the FSESO, under "Contact Us".

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Study Manuals

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

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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.

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