Canadian Firearms Safety Course

It is the responsibility of every hunter to know the federal, provincial and municipal laws, which apply when hunting. Ignorance of existing laws is not an acceptable defence in a court of law. When people decide to hunt, they are expected to know the laws governing hunting and must obey them.

The Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) was developed in partnership with the provinces and territories, national organizations with an ongoing interest in firearms safety, and many firearms and hunter education course instructors from across Canada. The content of this course is controlled and approved by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Canadian Firearms Program and was developed to meet the mandatory requirements of section 7 of the Firearms Act.

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

Course topics
  • the evolution of firearms, major parts, types and actions
  • basic firearms safety practices
  • ammunition
  • operating firearm actions
  • firing techniques and procedures for firearms
  • care of non-restricted firearms
  • responsibilities of the firearms owner/user
  • safe storage, display, transportation, and handling of non-restricted firearms
To obtain your certification you must complete the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) exam consisting of 50 questions.

To pass you must obtain a score of 80% or higher.

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In case of failure, you must re-register for the 7-hour course for a second chance to pass the exam.

Test you knowledge on the CFSC pre-test.
Find a qualified instructor in your province

Every instructor who teaches the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) must respect and maintain certain service standards and quality of teaching. The Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) relies on comments from participants to monitor and continuously improve the way the firearms safety courses are given.