Courses

Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL)

Firearm possession and acquisition in Canada requires a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL). Ontarians applying for a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) for the first time are required to successfully complete the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) or Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC).(1) There are two types of PALs. The first is a PAL for non-restricted firearms, which requires the successful completion of the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) and the second is a PAL for restricted firearms, which requires the successful completion of both the Canadian Firearms Safety Course and the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC).

How to get a PAL Licence

The steps required to get a PAL license include 1. Find a course and register, 2. Review student manual, 3. Pass your course test, 4. Apply for PAL.

Canadian Firearm Safety Course (CFSC)

The RCMP approved CFSC course’s primary purpose is to ensure that students are knowledgeable regarding the responsibilities of possessing and using non-restricted firearms (most rifles and shotguns). The course is delivered at a complete beginner level and includes a written and practical test.

You will learn:

  • Basic firearms safety practices.
  • Ammunition types and storage.
  • Operating firearm actions.
  • Safe handling and carry procedures.
  • Responsibilities of the firearms owner/user.
  • Safe storage, display, transportation, and handling of firearms.
  • Minors who successfully complete the CFSC course can apply for a Minor’s Licence. (2)

Prerequisites

  • Aged 12+ (Parental consent required for minors)

Additional Details

  • Students may take the CFSC and CRFSC together as a Back-to-Back course for a discounted rate 
  • 100% course attendance is required to complete the test.
  • Retests must be taken within 30 days.

Students may purchase the Student Manual in advance of the course to prepare for the in-person course.

Canadian Restricted Firearm Safety Course (CRFSC)

The training provided in the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC) prepares students with beginner-level knowledge on the responsibilities of possessing and using restricted firearms, their safe use and handling as well as storage of firearms and ammunition. (This course reThe course takes a minimum of 6 hours to complete plus a written and practical test.

You will learn:

  • Basic firearms safety practices.
  • Ammunition types and storage.
  • Operating firearm actions.
  • Safe handling and carry procedures.
  • Responsibilities of the firearms owner/user.
  • Safe storage, display, transportation, and handling of firearms.

Prerequisites

  • Aged 18+ to apply for PAL with restricted privileges.
  • Age 12+ may take the course for educational purposes only with parental consent.
  • Successful completion of CFSC course.

Additional Details

  • Students may take the CFSC and CRFSC together as a Back-to-Back course for a discounted rate. 
  • 100% course attendance is required to complete the test.
  • Retests must be taken within 30 days.

Students may purchase the Student Manual in advance of the course to prepare for the in-person course.

Back-to-Back (CFSC & CRFSC)

Description

A combined package of the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) and Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC) which prepares students with beginner-level knowledge on the responsibilities of possessing and using non-restricted and restricted firearms, their safe use and handling as well as storage of firearms and ammunition. 

You will learn:

  • Basic firearms safety practices.
  • Ammunition types and storage.
  • Operating firearm actions.
  • Safe handling and carry procedures.
  • Responsibilities of the firearms owner/user.
  • Safe storage, display, transportation, and handling of firearms.
  • Minors who successfully complete the CFSC course can apply for a Minor’s Licence. (2)

Prerequisites

  • Aged 18+ to apply for PAL with restricted privileges.
  • Age 12+ may take the CRFSC course for educational purposes only with parental consent (To apply for a PAL after the age of 18, students must retake the course and pass the written and practical exams)

Additional Details

  • 100% course attendance is required to complete the test.
  • Retests must be taken within 7 days.

Students may purchase the Student Manual in advance of the course to prepare for the in-person course.

One Stop (CFSC & Hunter Education)

Description

A packaged course of the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) and the Ontario Hunter Education Program offered by select instructors certified to teach both. The course covers all the material required to obtain a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) and an Outdoors Card for hunting. The Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) prepares students with beginner-level knowledge on the responsibilities of possessing and using non-restricted firearms, their safe use and handling as well as storage of firearms and ammunition.  The Ontario Hunter Education Program helps students understand the natural world and become knowledgeable and responsible hunters. 

Instructors may offer purchase of the CFSC portion of the course here and the Ontario Hunter Education Program portion purchase on their own website or complete the full One Stop course purchase on their website. 

The FSESO administers the Canadian Firearms Safety (CFSC) portion of this course.  The Ontario Hunter Education Program is administered by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry.

In the CFSC, you will learn:

  • Basic firearms safety practices.
  • Ammunition types and storage.
  • Operating firearm actions.
  • Safe handling and carry procedures.
  • Responsibilities of the firearms owner/user.
  • Safe storage, display, transportation, and handling of firearms.
  • Minors who successfully complete the CFSC course can apply for a Minor’s Licence. (2)

Details on the Ontario Hunter Education Program can be found here.

Prerequisites

  • Aged 12+ (Parental consent required for minors)

Additional Details

  • 100% course attendance is required to complete the test.
  • Retests must be taken within 7 days.

Students may purchase the Student Manual in advance of the course to prepare for the in-person course.

Student Manual

The Student Manual is an important resource for those taking the CFSC and/or CRFSC. All students should carefully read the manual prior to participating in course(s).  The manual provides key information to support learning during the course and will serve as a reference guide after completion of the course(s).

Students can view an electronic manual, purchase printed manuals from their CFSC/CRFSC instructor or directly from the FSESO.

The exact cost of the manual is $ 21.00, which includes all tax and shipping charges.

Order a Student Manual

To order a manual, please call 1-877-322-2345 ext. 102.

Payment Options:  We do not accept Mastercard or Visa Debit Cards for payment

       We do accept the payment methods below:

  • VISA
  • Certified cheque
  • Money order/bank draft 

Please make certified cheques or money orders payable to: Firearms Safety Education Service of Ontarioin the amount of $21.00, exactly, and mail payment to:

Attention: Orders Department
Firearms Safety Education Service of Ontario
3 Progress Dr. Unit 2,
Orillia, ON L3V 0T7

Shipping

Orders are shipped by Purolator within five business days of receipt of your order.

Please note: Pick up by the Public is NOT AVAILABLE at our location.

Course Fees

The following maximum fees apply to the Canadian Firearms Safety Courses program delivery in Ontario.

Please note the following fees do not include applicable Federal and Provincial taxes or course manual. Prices are subject to change without notice.

Course Maximum Fee
Canadian Firearm Safety Course (CFSC) $170
Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC) After 30 days & Test $170
Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC) Within 30 days & Test $130
Both Canadian Firearms Safety Course & Restricted Firearms Safety Course (Back-to-Back)
Includes both tests & minimum 12 hours classroom instruction
$300

Replacement Student Course Report

If you have not received your stamped student course report after 6 weeks you can contact FSESO to have the stamped report replaced. FSESO is only able to provide replacement stamped reports if it has been less than a year since you completed your Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) or Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC). 

To request a replacement stamped student course report please contact the FSESO and provide the following details:

  • First & last name
  • Your date of birth
  • Start date of the course (day/month/year)
  • Course type (CFSC, CRFSC)
  • First & last name of the course instructor 

Contact the FSESO

Students who completed their CFSC/CRFSC course:

  • More than a year ago in Ontario should contact the Chief Firearms Officer of Ontario at 1-(800)-731-4000 ext. 7503.
  • In another province should contact the Chief Firearms Officer in the province they completed the course.