Canadian Firearms Safety Course

The Canadian Firearms Safety Course, also known as the CFSC, is intended for all novice firearms users and is your mandatory first step in obtaining your PAL (Possession and Acquisition) License.  The PAL allows the license holder to possess and acquire non-restricted firearms and ammunition.  These licenses are typically valid for 5 years and require renewal after that time. 

On Point Training offers the Canadian Firearms Safety Course portion of the application process. Once you have obtained the required pass marks for your CFSC written and practical examinations, you can then apply to the Chief Firearms Officer (CFO) for your PAL. The written exam is a 50-question multiple-choice paper and the practical exam is a classroom-only, firearms handling test. There is no live-fire or shooting element to the practical exam.

All firearms license applicants are screened by the CFO, where background checks are carried out. On Point Training has no involvement with the application process and cannot connect with CFO on behalf of the applicant.

Course Outline:

The Canadian Firearms Safety Course will cover the following:

  • An Introduction to the safety course
  • The Canadian Firearms Program
  • The four ACTS of firearms safety
  • An Introduction to Firearms
  • The evolution of firearms
  • Different types of actions
  • Major firearm parts
  • Basic safety practices
  • Loading & unloading procedures
  • Ammunition
  • Operating the different firearm actions
  • Safe handling and carrying of non-restricted firearms
  • Firing techniques and procedures of non-restricted firearms
  • Safe storage, display & transportation
  • Social responsibilities
  • & much more!

The course will be taught in a safe and friendly environment with both classroom and hands-on tuition.  There will be both practical and written examinations however, please note, live fire and range visits are not offered as part of this course. 

We do receive a substantial number of prospective students that have never handled firearms or been exposed to shooting sports. If this sounds like you, please take a look at the Introduction to Live Fire Course; we created it so you can be sure if obtaining your license is the right thing for you

Additional info:

  • There is no minimal skill level required.
  • You must not be subject to a current firearms prohibition.
  • This course is 8-10hrs of tuition which excludes examination time.
  • Our courses are taught in English language only.
  • Wriiten examinations in French language are available on request.
  • Seats are limited to 12 students per course, mandated by CFO.
  • The ebook version of the CFSC/CRFSC manual can be downloaded here in English and here in French.

The examinations for this course can no longer be challenged without attending the course.

Minors Licensing:

If you are age 12 to 17 years old and wish to apply for a Minor Licence, you must have first completed this CFSC course and passed with the required scores on each of the written and practical exams. When you turn 18 years old, you are no longer eligible for a minors license and must apply for a PAL. It is not required that you retake the CFSC course.

The application process requires submitting form RCMP 5485; please contact the Chief Firearms Officer in the Province in which you will be using the firearm for the correct application process.  

 Learning Challenges:

We believe that educational opportunities should be available for all and strongly encourage those that think they cannot, to become believers in themselves and see that they can. We know it takes a little help and sometimes it takes a lot of help but we aspire to be your trusted partner should you wish to pursue your goals. We make a promise to you that we will treat you with respect, dignity and with confidentiality. Whatever challenge you face, trust us to help you overcome it.

Always, safety first!