Canadian Firearms Safety Course

First-time licence applicants must pass the Canadian Firearms Safety Course before applying for a Possession and Acquisition Licence.

After the in-class instruction, you will do a written and practical test.

Anyone 12 years or older can take the CFSC. Children under 12 can take the course, but only for educational purposes. They will not do the written or practical exams. To get a Minor's Licence to borrow and use non-restricted firearms, the minor must be between 12 and 17 years old.


  • evolution of firearms, major parts, types and actions
  • basic firearms safety practices
  • ammunition
  • operating firearm actions
  • safe handling and carry procedures
  • firing techniques and procedures
  • care of non-restricted firearms
  • responsibilities of the firearms owner/user
  • safe storage, display, transportation and handling of non-restricted firearms

Gun Types Covered

This course covers Long Guns:  Rifles and Shotguns with the following Actions:

  1. Bolt Action 
  2. Lever Action 
  3. Break Action 
  4. Pump Action 
  5. Semi-Automatic