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 are currently revamping our instructor training program and do not have confirmed dates for the next instructor training session. We will keep your application on file and will contact you when our candidate review process is complete and dates have been confirmed.  Currently, our target date for the next session is Spring 2018.

Before completing your application, please review the FSESO Instructor Qualifications listed below to ensure you meet all requirements. 

To submit your application, please download the FSESO Instructor Application Form, complete all sections in full and submit the completed form to Tracey Mellersh via fax at 705-325-9193 or e-mail at [email protected].  

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 Tracey Mellersh at 1-877-322-2345 ext 107.


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

·        Have a genuine commitment to public safety and responsible firearms handling and use

·        Be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the Province of Ontario

·        Demonstrate effective communication skills, teaching skills, and previous training experience through documentation and/or certified achievements

·        Access to high-speed internet and email

·        Computer literate and proficient in PowerPoint

Firearms Training and Knowledge

·        Have held a valid PAL with Non-restricted and Restricted privileges for minimum of five years

·        Complete a Police Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Check (if selected to proceed in the process)

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

·        Have necessary 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


Access to Required Firearms and Dummy Ammunition

·        Own, or have access to the following disabled non-restricted firearms:

-        Break/hinge action

-        Bolt action

-        Lever action

-        Pump action

-        Semi-automatic

·        Own or be willing to purchase and register the following disabled restricted firearms:

-        Single action revolver

-        Double action revolver

-        Semi-automatic handgun

·        Be willing to purchase dummy ammunition as required to deliver the CFSC and/or CRFSC program(s)


 Agreement to FSESO Policies and Procedures

·        Agree to abide by the FSESO policies, procedures and by-laws

·        Agree to abide by the CFSC/CRFSC standards

·        Administer tests to candidates fully without providing answers, coaching or access to course manuals during exams

·        Attend all mandatory instructor training sessions, meetings, professional development days, including mentorship meetings, instruction and training sessions

·        Participate fully in the FSESO Train the Trainer Program and Instructor Mentorship Program and all other instructor development programs


Instructor Designation Process


Successful applicants 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   New instructor Apprenticeship 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.

·        Complete the Level 1A Written Audit and Accessibility for Ontarians with a Disability online course


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, including, but not limited to, a Level 1A Audit or Mandatory Regional Workshop as assigned


Upon successful completion of all requirements, the applicant’s information and performance file will be forwarded to the Chief Firearms Officer with a positive recommendation.

 Unsuccessful candidates must wait a mandatory two-year period before they may reapply.





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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